Few general bookstores have as large a cookbook section as Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Mass. And few people know the cookbook market better than the store's co-owner Lisa Gozashti, who's also been the store's cookbook buyer for the past 18 years. With this in mind, we asked Gozashti for the fall titles she's most excited about.
The Palestinian Table (Oct., $39.95 hardcover, Phaidon) by Reem Kassis
Kassis, who was born in Jerusalem, but lives in the U.S., learned to cook from her grandmothers, mother, and aunts. In this photo-filled cookbook, she writes about food and family and the culinary traditions passed down to her. “We’ve had other Palestinian cookbooks, but this book is unique and physically amazing. It’s like a treasure trove of memories, hopes, and wishes, and an offering into the heart of the Palestinian culture.”
Smörgåsbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats (Sept., $17.99 hardcover, Ten Speed) by Johanna Kindvall
In her first book Fika (with Anna Brones), the Swedish illustrator and food blogger brought the Swedish tradition of twice daily coffee breaks, or fika, to an international audience. Her first solo book is “beyond beautiful. She’s a wonderful artist and illustrator. It’s got all the elements of hygge in it, and it offers a new way of thinking about small plates.”
Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery (Sept., $32 hardcover, HMH) by Joanne Chang with Karen Akunowicz Chang's earlier cookbooks, Flour and Flour, Too, offered recipes for baked goods featured at her Boston bakeries and cafes of the same name. But her new cookbook focuses on Asian comfort food and is based on the food that she serves at Myers+Chang, a Boston restaurant that she and her husband, Christopher Meyers, opened a decade ago. “It’s like Flour in the sense that Chang's language and their story comes through. She brings to life the Chinese cooking of her childhood.”
Sweet (Oct., $35 hardcover, Ten Speed) by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
Ottolenghi, who owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the high-end spot Nopi in London, has had no trouble translating his cooking style for an American audience. All five of his previous cookbooks have been New York Times bestsellers. “People are definitely ready for one more Ottolenghi cookbook, and this one is insanely beautiful. There’s not a region not represented in the recipes. He’s so good with his melding of flavors. It looks accessible; baking can sometimes be intimidating.”
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains (Sept., $29.99 hardcover, Clarkson Potter) by Tieghan Gerard
Gerard first came to home cooks' attention five years ago when she started a food blog, Half Baked Harvest, after her family moved from Ohio to Colorado. The recipes were good and the dishes beautiful. The fact that she was just a teenager didn't hurt, either. “She started reading food blogs when she was 13, and she has an incredible blog. The food is beautiful to look at, amazing to eat, and she’s [only] 21."
Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots (Oct., $35 hardcover, Artisan) by Matt Jennings
“He’s the beloved local chef of Townsman [in Boston] and honors classic New England ingredients and traditions, in both heartening and innovative ways.” Jennings has four James Beard Foundation Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, and also earned a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Under 40 Big Thinkers in America list.
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites (Oct., $35 hardcover, Knopf) by Deb Perelman
Perelman, who has no training as a chef, started a food blog a decade and a half ago, that appealed to readers because it incorporated stories about her life as a mom of two young children trying to get dinner on the table. She developed such a strong following--one reader even became her husband--that her first cookbook debuted at #2 on the New York Times list. “I think this will reach a wider audience than her first title, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (2012). [That one] is unstoppable.; it’s a constant bestseller. Even now I sell two or three a week.”
An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the name of Matt Jennings's restaurant; the correct name is Townsman.