The Autumn Cookshelf
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ― Laurie Colwin
Ancient Brews: Rediscovered & Recreated
By Patrick E. McGovern with a Foreword by Sam Calagione
McGovern is known as the Indiana Jones of ancient ales and fermented beverages and often travels with Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. They have worked together to re-create ancient beverages, such as Midas Touch, the first in Dogfish’s Ancient Ales series. Fascinating archeological and scientific history, combined with brewing recipes and meal matches for ambitious home brewers, make Ancient Brews an outstanding gift for any craft beer lover on your list!
Easy Soups From Scratch With Quick Breads To Match
By Ivy Manning
Chronicle Books, 978-1-4521-5502-9, $24.95
Nothing says Autumn like a beautiful, hearty bowl of soup. Ivy Manning takes the art of soup-making to the next level by combining 45 easy, delicious soup recipes with 25 interchangeable quick breads. Impress your friends by serving up Pumpkin, Pancetta, and Arborio Rice Soup paired with Bannock Bread with Browned Butter and Sage or Potato Rosemary Farls. A tasty bowl of Egg and Lemon Soup with Toasted Orzo and Kale paired with Zucchini, Feta and Dill Muffins would be perfect for the first chilly night of the season. Beautifully designed with a lovely ribbon marker, this cookbook is a welcome addition to the harvest table.
The Pumpkin Cookbook
By Deedee Stovel
Storey Press, 978-1-61212-833-7, $16.95
Native to America, pumpkins have been cultivated for about 9,000 years. More than just a delicious finish to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s also crazy good for you, it’s high in fiber, low in calories, chock full of vitamins, complex carbohydrates and protein. These 139 recipes celebrate the pumpkin as well as lots of other lovely winter squash. Start your day with an Orange-Pumpkin smoothie, them impress your dinner guests with an Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloin followed by a spectacular Pumpkin Baked Alaska with Pumpkin-Ginger Ice Cream.
A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey
By Jacques Pepin
HMH, 978-0-544-82439-3, $30.00
Legendary Chef Jacques Pepin loves cooking with his family. His latest cookbook shares his joy of sharing the kitchen with his beloved grand daughter, Shorey. Pepin introduces each recipe while Shorey illustrates many with her adorable line drawings. This user-friendly cookbook is peppered with cute quotes from Shorey (“The least fun thing about cooking, in my opinion, is cleaning up.”) and chock full of photographs of the two of them in action in the kitchen. Recipes are easy enough to prepare with a child (English Muffin Pizzas), but sophisticated enough for even the most experienced gourmand (Hot Pâté in Puff Pastry).
Ready or Not! 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over and Make-Now recipes by nom nom paleo
By Michelle Tam + Henry Fong
Andrews McMeel, 978-1-4494-7829-2, $35.00
Whether or not you religiously eat Paleo, you will love the deliriously fun comicbook style of Ready or Not. Michelle Tam is a Paleo cooking and lifestyle blogger, and Henry, her husband, is a photographer and illustrator. With step-by-step recipes, photos and meal plans, there’s no excuse for not eating a healthy Paleo diet, free from gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar. Surprisingly delicious and carefully crafted recipes include Chinese Chicken in a Pot, Tex-Mex Beef and (Cauliflower) Rice Casserole, and Rustic Chocolate Cake, made with almond flower and coconut milk.
Southern Classics 5 Ways
From The Editors of Taste of The South
HM Books, 978-1-940772-42-4, $24.95
This clever cookbook takes eighteen classic southern dishes and presents five tasty variations on each theme. The first variation is always the “classic” preparation, followed by four twists. Bored by Classic Banana Pudding? Why not try Banana Pudding Dip, Banana Pudding Filled Cupcakes, Banana Pudding Bars or Banana Pudding Poke Cake? Have an abundant squash crop? Five Ways With Squash can solve that problem! Comfort food lovers will relish variations of Tomato Pie, Peach Cobbler, Creamed Corn, and more.
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