What’s Cooking? Fall edition

The pandemic turned many of us — perhaps not willingly — into home cooks, resulting in cookbooks with long holds queues, printing delays and a publishing industry scrambling to meet demand. While dining in restaurants is resuming, many of us will continue cooking and baking at home for ourselves, family and friends. Here are a dozen of the fall’s most anticipated cookbooks, which focus on accessible, simplified recipes and techniques.

Early September. Kick the season off at summer’s end with The Weekday Vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstrach, and eat more veggies during the week for your health (and the environment’s), saving meat for weekends. Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski’s sophomore cookbook, Let’s Do Dinner, features balanced and flavorful fare. If you’re a foodie who enjoys the craft of cooking and an eccentric guide, Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook is the book for you.

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Spring Cooking

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 BookInstagram fave Molly Baz (620,000 followers and counting) delivers 95 easy recipes for those new to home cooking. Continue reading “Spring Cooking”

Three on a Theme: Vegan Cookbooks for Autumn

Autumn is a great time of year to turn inwards and do some experimentation in the kitchen, whether this means cooking delicious warm meals or exploring new baked goods to munch on while things get colder and darker outside. This post compiles a list of plant-based (vegan) cooking and baking resources offered by the Library that can help guide you on your autumn kitchen adventures. Whether you are already eating plant-based foods or not, these are sure to yield some yummy treats for this yummy season.

Vegan Casseroles by Julie HassanVegan Casseroles: Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More by Julie Hassan

Nothing says autumn like a nice gooey, crispy, scrumptious casserole taken fresh out of the oven. This cookbook by Julie Hasson is designed for the “health-conscious” vegan while also prioritizing the things that make casseroles a traditional comfort food. According to critical reviews, her recipes succeed in delivering flavor even without the dairy products that we tend to think make casseroles so good in a non-vegan context. With categories sch as “one-dish appetizers,” “pasta casseroles,” “dessert casseroles,” and an entire section on “sauces, toppings, and basics,” this is a very varied collection for anyone looking to expand their recipe repertoire this season. Continue reading “Three on a Theme: Vegan Cookbooks for Autumn”

Taking Me Back

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day over our love of Spam. One year for her birthday her husband bought her a sampler pack of 12 different varieties! That was something new I learned – I had only ever known of the true blue original can. Growing up my mom used to mix spam, shredded cheese, and mayo together and place it on an English muffin then pop it in the oven where it got melty and crunchy. It was delicious!

That got me thinking about other recipes I enjoyed growing up – the ones my mom learned from her mom and on and on it goes. Here are a few books in our collection that highlight those recipes with a modern twist: Continue reading “Taking Me Back”