As we prepare to face a second spring largely indoors, it’s a good time to be inspired by some new culinary skills and dishes. Here are a baker’s dozen of cookbooks coming out this spring to enjoy, whether cooking solo or for family and friends.
Nigella Lawson returns with Cook, Eat, Repeat, her first cookbook in three years, which combines imaginative recipes with delightful essays. The latest from Julia Turshen, Simply Julia, puts fuss-free healthy comfort food like Kitchen Sink Frittata front and center. In Cook This Book, Instagram fave Molly Baz (620,000 followers and counting) delivers 95 easy recipes for those new to home cooking.
No meat? No problem. Acclaimed French chef Eric Ripert delights with vegetarian recipes and tips on selecting the very best produce in Vegetable Simple. And Hot For Food All Day, the second book from Lauren Toyota, features over 100 vegan meals, with a focus on the ever-popular bowl-based dishes.
If you’re looking to flex your culinary skills, explore some regional and international cuisines. Discover the traditional cuisine of Mexico’s Oaxaca region (including how to make your own tortillas) with Alejandro Ruiz in The Food of Oaxaca. Pepper Tiegen, mom to Chrissy Tiegen, shares 80 Thai-inspired recipes (Nam Prik Moo Sloppy Joes anyone?) in Pepper Thai. San Francisco-based Brandon Jew shares ambitious and inventive Chinese American dishes in Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown while Filipino-Hawaiian chef Sheldon Simeon explores cross-cultural influences that inform Hawaiian cuisine in Cook Real Hawai’i. And in The Kitchen Without Borders, the siblings behind New York’s Eat Offbeat catering company highlight authentic recipes from immigrant and refugee chefs.
Finally, explore new twists on familiar favorites. In Jew-ish, Jake Cohen puts a modern spin on Jewish standards like Pastrami Biscuits and Gravy. Pitmaster Rodney Scott delights barbecuers and grillers with tasty meals and side dishes in Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ. And finally, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson teams up with bestie Julie Tanous to put a Southwestern and Southern spin on traditional California fare in Food Between Friends.
~posted by Frank