Can we address how broke I’m going to be once these awesome new cookbooks release in the next few months? I’m considering starting a fund where if you like my work, you should consider donating for “research reasons”.
Anyway, 2018 has already seen some fabulous new cookbook releases like Between Harlem & Heaven (fabulous recipes, Afro-Asian cuisine) by JJ Johnson, Feast by Anisa Helou, who is an expert on Middle East food, Brookes Headley’s Superiority Burger and Nancy Singleton Hachisu’s Japan, which has this crazy collection of recipes that I can’t believe are even Japanese. There were, of course, the well-known voices like Diana Henry and Nigella Lawson, each of whom contributed to 2018’s fabulous ever-increasing list, and are sitting proudly on my shelf, but what’s to come is going to be even bigger. Whether they will be better, only time will tell.
1. After Chrissy Teigen’s success with Cravings, she’s coming out with another book in September titled ‘Cravings: Hungry For More’. I take someone like Chrissy more seriously than I take someone like Gwyneth Paltrow or Reese Witherspoon, both of whom are now cookbook authors as well for some sordid reason. Chrissy keeps it real. The pictures are intimate, fun and sometimes salacious, but it’s her cooking style that’s fast, edgy and very Chrissy that is so appealing. Going to buy this because the recipes in the first book were really good and I honestly just want to be her best friend.
2. Rose’s Baking Basics is the book baking nerds everywhere are waiting for. There’s really no one like Rose and her very scientific approach to cakes and baking, in general, makes her a huge star with both amateur as well as professional bakers. If you like me have a copy of The Cake Bible on your shelf, you’ll want to pick this up too. Any updated tips and tricks from Rose Levy Beranbaum are going to be revolutionary if you ask me. Fans of Stella Parks’ Bravetart will also want to invest in this book by the way.
3. As a fellow food blogger, I always aspired to be like Nik Sharma of the blog A Brown Table. He was the guy if you wanted to show someone a fabulous blog written by an Indian, but with that superb contemporary twist. Nik’s got some fabulous photography on his blog too with that very distinct moody dark tones which he made famous if you ask me. Nik Sharma’s new cookbook Season is out October 2nd and I’m going to buy it because Nik’s recipes have always worked and he’s like our own Indian Nigel Slater tbh.
4. I recently came across someone bashing Ottolenghi’s Plenty on a famous food website and I was furious. I wanted to personally send that person hate mail and spam just for it. As a fan of Yotam Ottolenghi’s style, I love his ability to bring together flavours that may not look like they’d work at first glance, but then you’re all “ahh of course” and “why didn’t I think of it earlier?”. Revolutionary for putting words like, “OMG that salad is so Ottolenghi” in our mouths, the chef and restaurateur adored by everyone ever releases his new book Simple on October 16th. If you’re not gonna buy it, are you even into cookbooks?
5. There’s going to be a new Milk Bar cake book releasing ten days after my birthday and I’m thinking of putting Christina Tosi’s face on a t-shirt with the words “crack pie forever”. From the David Chang studio that brought you Momofuku, Milk Bar and Lucky Peach, comes the newest instalment, All About Cake on October 23rd. If you’re familiar with the words Cereal Milk, Momofuku Birthday Cake, Compost Cookie and Crack Pie, you’re a Momofuku nerd already and this book is for you.
6. Julia Turshen’s last book Small Victories really packed a punch when it came to recipes that actually made a difference to the way we cook. Not only were they chock full of tips but there are variations for almost every dish in the book. There are also ideas on how to use your leftovers, great egg recipes and I think Small Victories is also a great gift to someone who’s just starting off in the kitchen. Now & Again, her second book, releasing September 4th is something I’m looking forward to buying eagerly.
7. I buy like one cheffy book every year which I may probably never cook an entire dish from, but really just borrow one or two elements from and be inspired by. This year that purchase is going to be A Very Serious Cookbook by Contra Wildair and believe it or not, Alison Roman, who for those of you who don’t know, made these chocolate shortbread cookies that broke the internet. The book’s going to be worth the pretty penny because I always like working with new flavours and upping my game.
8. Greg and Lucy Malouf are responsible for pushing the boundaries of modern Middle East food with cookbooks like New Feast, Arabesque, Moorish and Saraban. Each of these tomes is a jewel in my opinion and their most recent release is going to be their best one yet because it’s all about dessert. Suqar releases November 20th. Another notable Middle East tome releasing October 16th is the new cookbook from the guys behind Zahav, a cookbook with a hummus recipe which was the bomb.
9. Another cookbook that started off as a famous blog, A Common Table by Cynthia Chen McTernan comes from the popular blog Two Red Bowls. The blog has recipes like red cabbage slaw with peanuts and dukkah, Korean army base stew, and spring pea pasta with lemon and shiso. Wildly imaginative, this book is definitely one I’m very excited to cook from.
10. Filipino food is having its moment and I for one am very excited to preorder my copy of I Am a Filipino by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad. The influences that Filipino cuisine draws from ranges from Chinese to Middle Eastern and Mexican. There’s a whole world of untapped flavour there and awesome new dishes to make at home. I obviously can’t contain myself and will have to prime order it when it releases on October 30th.