From books that will light a fire under your New Year's resolutions, to an exploration of the science of taste, to the ultimate foodie bucket list, here are titles to watch for in January.
Everyday Grain-Free Baking: Over 100 Recipes for Deliciously Easy Grain-Free and Gluten-Free Baking by Kelly Smith (Adams Media), January 2
For those making resolutions to go gluten-free, Kelly Smith, creator of blog The Nourishing Home, offers 100 grain-free and dairy-free recipes, from everyday bread to strawberry and vanilla custard cake.
The Juice Solution by Erin Quon and Briana Stockton (Weldon Owen), January 6
Another title for the post-holiday detox. Organized by different nutritional needs, The Juice Solution offers 90 recipes for juices to be consumed throughout the day, from food stylist and chef Quon and raw food chef and personal trainer Stockton.
Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You by Katie Higgins (Grand Central Life & Style), January 6
A blog-to-cookbook debut from Higgins, author of the healthy dessert blog Chocolate Covered Katie, which brings in more than six million visitors a month, according Grand Central. The 80 recipes in the book, such as Chocolate Obsession Cake, Peanut Butter Pudding Pops, and Ultimate Unbaked Brownies, use "only real ingredients, without any unnecessary fats, sugars, or empty calories."
Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat by John McQuaid (Scribner), January 13
PW's starred review said that in this "fascinating blend of culinary history and the science of taste," freelance writer McQuaid observes that " 'everyone lives in his own flavor world,' and that taste is the most subjective of the senses."
New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited, by Jeremy and Jessica Nolen (Chronicle Books), January 13
Husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Jessica Nolen lighten up German cooking, in a book that celebrates "fresh vegetables, grains, herbs, and spices as obsessively as it does pork, pretzels, and beer." The title includes 100 recipes and 40 full color photos.
The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock (Clarkson Potter), January 13
New York City neighbors Allison, Carr, Laskow, and Peacock began their Soup Club when the friends "realized that they didn’t actually have to cook at home every night to take pleasure in a home-cooked meal. They simply had to join forces and share meals." In addition to the 150 recipes for soups and sides, the book also provides insights on starting a shared meal club.
1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List, by Mimi Sheraton (Workman), January 13
Compiled by legendary New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton, the latest addition to Workman's 1,000... Before You Die series celebrates "haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed." The book clocks in at over 1,000 pages, and includes more than 550 full-color photographs.