The new year brings a collection of Afro-Asian-American cooking, a look at the journey of one globe-trotting botanist, and recipes for vegan comfort food.

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day Hardcover

By Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson (Flatiron, Feb. 6)

Restaurateur Smalls and chef Johnson, of Harlem jazz club Minton’s, explore the melding of Asian, African, and American flavors.


Patricia Heaton’s Food for Family & Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life

By Patricia Heaton (Morrow, Feb. 6)

Heaton, a television star (Everybody Loves Raymond) and host of the Food Network’s Patricia Heaton’s Parties, has assembled a collection of family-focused recipes for weeknights and entertaining.


A Baker's Year: Twelve Months of Baking and Living the Simple Life at the Smoke Signals Bakery

By Tara Jensen (Griffin, Feb. 13)

Jensen, who owns the Smoke Signals Bakery outside of Asheville, N.C., arranges this homey, down-to-earth book by month and intersperses her recipes with short essays that offer insight into her lifestyle and baking philosophy.


The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

By Daniel Stone (Dutton, Feb. 20)

Journalist Stone tracks the journeys of botanist David Fairchild (1869–1954), who changed American eating habits and agricultural practices by introducing a wide array of new crops and varietals...Foodies and scientists alike will appreciate Stone’s informative and entertaining book.


The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook: Seasonal. Scenic. Homemade.

By Maya Wilson (Rodale, Feb. 20)

Blogger Wilson offers family-friendly recipes based on Alaska’s seasonal ingredients and its ocean-to-table food culture.


Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

By Lauren Toyota (Ten Speed, Feb. 27)

In this excellent book of hearty, bold recipes, Toyota makes good on her promise to offer “indulgent, not pious” vegan fare.