This spring in cookbooks, vegetarian and vegan recipe collections continue their popularity streak, the hot regions are the American South and the Middle East, and a major theme is how immigrants have influenced American cuisine.
Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day
J.J. Johnson and Alexander Smalls. Flatiron, Apr. 17
Johnson and Smalls, chefs at the Cecil, a Harlem restaurant, offer their unique take on Afro-Asian-American dishes in these 100 recipes.
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Edward Lee. Artisan, Apr. 17
Lee—a Louisville, Ky., chef—traveled the U.S. for two years to explore cooking influenced by immigrants, and here shows how American cuisine continues to evolve.
Feast: Food of the Islamic World
Anissa Helou. Ecco, May 8
Helou selects recipes and stories from Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.
Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita
Giada de Laurentiis. Clarkson Potter, Apr. 3
De Laurentiis’s latest book examines her Italian food roots, with a California influence, and includes photos and stories from her various Italian trips.
The Kitchen Shortcut Bible: More Than 200 Recipes for Superfast, Totally Easy, Amazingly Delicious Meals—From 3-Ingredient Spicy Chicken to Melted Ice Cream Pound Cake
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. Little, Brown, June 19
This 30th cookbook by Weinstein and Scarbrough suggests shortcuts for home cooks and tips on using kitchen tools and appliances.
Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace
Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner. Clarkson Potter, Apr. 10
Symon, a restaurateur and cohost of The Chew, presents his first live-fire grilling cookbook, with recipes from his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ in Cleveland.
Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel
Alon Shaya. Knopf, Mar. 13
In this debut cookbook, chef Shaya presents recipes gathered during his culinary journeys through Israel, Italy, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, where he runs three restaurants.
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen
Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett. HMH/Martin, Apr. 10
Hernandez, the chef and co-owner of the restaurant Taqueria del Sol in Atlanta, blends the flavors of Southern and Mexican food.
Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face
Lauren Toyota. Ten Speed, Feb. 27
The host of YouTube’s Hot for Food presents vegan comfort food and doesn’t shy away from indulgent dishes, heavy sauces, or deep-fried fare.
Vegetarian Viet Nam
Cameron Stauch. Norton, Mar. 13
PW’s starred review called this book a “passionate and thorough exploration of Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine.”
Cooking & Food
The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas by Paula Forbes (Mar. 20, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-2893-8) celebrates the city’s food, as well as the local restaurants that offer new takes on traditional fare, such as Odd Duck’s sweet potato nachos.
Boqueria: A Cookbook, from Barcelona to New York by Marc Vidal and Yann De Rochefort, with Zack Bezunartea (May 1, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-63286-494-9). In this cookbook from the Boqueria restaurants, executive chef Vidal presents recipes for Barcelona-style cuisine, including Iberian ham croquettes and classic Spanish paella. 40,000-copy announced first printing.
The Bourbon Country Cookbook: New Southern Entertaining by David Danielson and Tim Laird (May 8, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-57284-248-9) presents 90 recipes for Southern food and drink—both traditional and new—from Kentucky’s bourbon country.
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine by Edward Lee (Apr. 17, hardcover, $27.5, ISBN 978-1-57965-738-3). In this travel memoir with 40 recipes, the Louisville, Ky., chef explores America’s immigrant cuisine, from Creoles in New Orleans to Uighurs in Brooklyn.
Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends by Debbie Macomber (Apr. 10, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-399-18131-3). The bestselling author offers 100 of her family recipes, along with others inspired by scenes from her popular novels.
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Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark’s Kitchen: Family Meals, Festive Gatherings, and Everything In-Between by Melissa Clark (Apr. 3, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-316-35414-1). The New York Times food columnist selects more than 100 of her favorite recipes for this collection of dishes for every occasion.
The Fruit Forager’s Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond by Sara Bir (May 15, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-60358-716-7) features a how-to guide with recipes for foraging just outside the house. Bir offers instructions for gardening, selecting, and preparing.
Once Upon a Chef Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes by Jennifer Segal (Apr. 3, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4521-5618-7). Blogger Segal utilizes her chef skills to create family-friendly meals with these recipes, with helpful tips on how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.
The Southern Skillet Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Make Comfort Food in Your Cast-Iron (Feb. 27, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-60433-767-9). This collection of more than 100 recipes focuses on that kitchen stalwart, the cast-iron skillet.
Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita by Giada de Laurentiis (Apr. 3, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-307-98722-8). With photos of her native Rome, de Laurentiis’s latest book is an exploration of her Italian food roots. It features family recipes with a California influence. 300,000-copy announced first printing.
Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner (Apr. 10, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-8041-8658-2). Symon, a restaurateur and cohost of The Chew, presents his newest cookbook, which focuses on barbecue and live-fire grilling. Here he shows how to work with various grills and smokers, and instructs how to prepare rubs and sauces. 125,000-copy announced first printing.
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Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics—Made Irresistibly Vegan by Ruth Fox and Vicky Cohen (May 29, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7382-2010-9). Sisters Cohen and Fox, cofounders of May I Have That Recipe?, share 101 vegan Middle Eastern recipes, with influences from Lebanon, Israel, and even Spain.
Ginspiration by Klaus St. Rainer (May 15, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4654-7387-5) profiles more than 45 gins by distillers from all over the world, and suggests tips on how to serve and taste the liquor, following up with step-by-step instructions for making one’s own infusions. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou (May 8, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-06-236303-9). Weaving in culinary history, the author of Lebanon takes readers on a tour of Arab, Persian, and North African cooking.
VBQ—The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook: Over 80 Recipes—Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot! by Nadine Horn and Jorg Mayer (May 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-61519-456-8). This illustrated barbecue cookbook offers such vegan alternatives as peppered tofu steak and eggplant hot dogs.
At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson (Apr. 24, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-250-15428-6). In her latest, Lawson furnishes recipes for the meals she prepares for family and friends at home. Lawson writes that “life is complicated; cooking doesn’t have to be.”
Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by J.J. Johnson and Alexander Smalls (Feb. 6, hardcover, $37.50, ISBN 978-1-250-10871-5). Smalls and Johnson, chefs at the Cecil in Harlem, have traveled the African diaspora interviewing chefs, and here they showcase 100 of their recipes.
Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen by Kevin Belton (Mar. 13, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4236-4894-9). The star of the TV series New Orleans Cooking with Kevin highlights Creole and Cajun recipes in his second cookbook.
Family Table: Farm Cooking from the Elliott Homestead by Shaye Elliott (Apr. 1, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-4930-3152-8). With more than 70 recipes, Elliott shares straightforward dishes that she prepares every day on her family farm.
Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Dump Cakes: 150 Crazy Yummy Desserts for Your Crazy Busy Life by Hope Comerford (July 3, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-68099-349-3). The newest in the Fix-it and Forget-It series focuses on dump cakes prepared in the slow cooker, with instructions on serving bigger meals for birthday parties or potluck suppers.
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The Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free. From. Animals. by Chad and Derek Sarno, and David Joachim (Apr. 17, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-4555-7028-7). Keeping flavor as well as health and vitality in mind, the authors give readers 150 plant-based recipes for everyday meals and fancy dinner parties. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
So French So Sweet: Delectable Cakes, Tarts, Cremes and Desserts by Gabriel Gate (May 15, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-74379-301-5) brings together classic French cakes and tarts, sorbets and fruity desserts, ice creams, and mousses.
Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul by Jenne Claiborne (Feb. 6, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-451-49889-2). In her first cookbook, the Atlanta chef offers 100 vegan recipes with a Southern flair, illustrated with full-color photography.
For the Love of the South: Recipes and Stories from My Southern Kitchen by Amber Wilson (Mar. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-06-246025-7). The creator of the food blog For the Love of the South explores Southern culture in a cookbook featuring stories of growing up on the bayous of Louisiana, with more than 100 photos. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Soul by Candice Kumai (Apr. 3, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-266985-8). From the author of Clean Green Eats, this Japanese-inspired guide to finding balance, joy, and good health offers simplified approaches to changing one’s eating habits and modern-day applications of Japanese healing practices and recipes.
Good Housekeeping Everyday Vegan: 60 Plant-Based Recipes by the editors of Good Housekeeping (May 1, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61837-256-7). For vegans or those wanting to adapt a vegan diet, this newest Good Housekeeping volume presents 85 recipes that incorporate plant-based proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
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Instant Pot Italian: 100 Irresistible Recipes Made Easier Than Ever by Ivy Manning (Feb. 6, trade paper, $20.99, ISBN 978-1-328-46760-7). This authorized Instant Pot cookbook offers more than 100 Italian recipes designed for the Instant Pot, including Tuscan beef stew, DIY ricotta, and more. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South by Virginia Willis (May 1, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-544-93254-8) collects 80 recipes from throughout the South by the cookbook author, journalist, television personality, and Southern cooking expert.
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen by Eddie Hernandez, with Susan Puckett (Apr. 10, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-544-61882-4). The James Beard–nominated chef and co-owner of the restaurant Taqueria del Sol in Atlanta combines the flavors of the South with those of Mexico in such dishes as Memphis barbecue tacos and grits with jalapeños.
The Essential River Cafe: Thirty Years of Modern Italian Classics from London’s Iconic Restaurant by Ruth Rogers et al. (Apr. 10, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-525-52130-3). For 30 years, London’s River Cafe has been serving exquisite Italian cuisine, and here the authors revisit the restaurant’s legendary history in anecdotes and more than 120 modern recipes.
Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel by Alon Shaya (Mar. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-451-49416-0). In this debut cookbook, two-time James Beard Award–winning chef Shaya presents recipes from his New Orleans restaurants, which combine the culinary sensibilities of Creole, Israeli, and Italian cooking.
Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need by Jessica Battilana (Apr. 3, hardcover, $32, ISBN 978-0-316-36034-0). The writer of the “Repertoire” column for the San Francisco Chronicle shares 75 of her favorite recipes that can stand alone or be mixed and matched.
The Kitchen Shortcut Bible: More Than 200 Recipes for Superfast, Totally Easy, Amazingly Delicious Meals—From 3-Ingredient Spicy Chicken to Melted Ice Cream Pound Cake by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (June 19, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-316-50971-8). In their 30th cookbook, Weinstein and Scarbrough promise to help home cooks become more efficient in the kitchen.
Breakfast Is Served by Mitchell Beazley (Mar. 6, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78472-337-8) presents breakfast and brunch recipes from across the world, with offerings from Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Lebanon, and elsewhere.
Patricia Heaton’s Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life by Patricia Heaton (Feb. 6, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-267244-5). On her Food Network show, Patricia Heaton Parties, Heaton celebrates her culinary beginnings and offers her takes on familiar American fare; in this cookbook, Patricia shares her budget-friendly recipes.
Vegetarian Viet Nam by Cameron Stauch (Mar. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-393-24933-0). By cooking with Vietnamese home cooks, chefs, and Mahayana Buddhist monks, Stauch learned a tradition of vegetarian cooking that is light and flavorful. He offers recipes and an illustrated glossary to help readers assemble their own vegetarian Vietnamese pantry for healthy and sustainable food. 70 color photos.
Soul: A Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards (May 22, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-8487-5441-9). James Beard Award–nominated Chef Richards shares his unusual take on soul food, exploring new approaches to fundamental ingredients like collards, pork, sweet potatoes, and more. 40,000-copy announced first printing.
Cooking from Paradise Island: Healthy and Flavorful Caribbean Recipes to Turn Any Kitchen into an Oasis by Julius Jackson (July 24, trade paper, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-62414-581-0). Inspired by his childhood in St. Thomas and his current position as head chef at Fat Turtle on the island, Jackson brings a collection of 75 Caribbean recipes that draw from West Indian, Cajun, African, and traditional Caribbean cuisine.
Supra: A Feast of Georgian Cooking by Tiko Tuskadze (June 1, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-911216-16-2). In her first book, Tuskadze shares more than 100 Georgian dishes and offers insight into the country’s unique climate, history, and culture.
Cake by Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman (Apr. 10, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-101-98154-2). Artist and author Kalman and food writer Scott-Goodman bring to the table this illustrated book dedicated to their mutual love of cakes, in what they hope is a joyful, whimsical celebration of the ubiquitous dessert.
Fire Food by Christian Stevenson (May 1, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-78713-154-5). Stevenson covers all the basics of cooking over coal and wood, shows how to make classic recipes, and shares inventive cookout meals including a barbecue spaghetti Bolognese and poutine with bourbon-spiked gravy.
The L.A. Cookbook: Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bakeries, and Bars in Los Angeles by Alison Clare Steingold (Mar. 27, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-8478-6167-5). L.A.’s best chefs bring the spirit of California cooking to the table, with recipes from Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and European communities, as well as up-and-coming mavericks, celebrity chefs, and restaurateurs.
The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook: Seasonal. Scenic. Homemade by Maya Wilson (Feb. 20, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-63565-063-1). From Alaska from Scratch blogger Wilson comes an illustrated cookbook exploring Alaska and its ocean-to-table homemade food culture, with 75 family-friendly recipes.
Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes by Ashley English (Apr. 24, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-61180-331-0). English suggests pantry essentials and modern twists on traditional Southern Appalachian meals in these 150 recipes, including for pickles, relishes, jams, spreads, sauces, and vinegars.
Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 175 Easy and Tasty Recipes You Really Want to Eat by Karrie Truman (Feb. 22, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-7788-0591-5) provides home cooks with the tools to make healthy meals using fresh and flavorful ingredients, with information on shopping, cooking, freezing, thawing, and everything in between.
Bring It! Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen (Mar. 13, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-7624-6272-8) is a source for potluck, picnic, or dinner parties dishes that combine simple prep with flavor, from the founder of the website Potluck with Ali.
Good Fish: 100 Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast by Becky Selengut (Mar. 13, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-63217-107-8). Chef and seafood advocate Selengut helps simplify sustainable eating for the home cook. This fully revised edition includes recipes for salmon, as well as lingcod, Pacific cod, wahoo (or ono), mahimahi, and herring. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Reinvented by Tamar Adler, illus. by Mindy Dubin (Apr. 3, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4767-9961-2) continues Adler’s preservation quest by rekindling 100 classic recipes. This culinary history reworks classics like deviled eggs and oysters Rockefeller, and provides suggested wine pairings.
The Latin Table: More Than 100 Easy, Flavorful Recipes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Beyond by Isabel Cruz (Apr. 3, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5107-2866-0). Known for her innovative and healthy twist on traditional Latin fare, Cruz shares signature recipes and cocktails from her West Coast restaurants, teaching home chefs how to prepare Latin meals at home.
Souk: Feasting at the Mezze Table by Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol (Mar. 6, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-925418-62-0). The souk, or marketplace, is the heart of Arabic culture, and this book, by the authors of Arabia and A Drop of Rose Water, celebrates Arabic cuisine with 100 classic and contemporary mezze recipes.
Paris Picnic Club: More Than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share by Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt (Apr. 3, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-2036-6). For a year, friends Peerbhai and Levitt managed a weekly pop-up restaurant in Paris where they sold lunches made with market-fresh ingredients. In their first cookbook, they present those recipes for seasonal dishes alongside illustrations.
Margaritaville: The Cookbook: Relaxed Recipes for a Taste of Paradise by Carlo Sernaglia and Julia Turshen (May 1, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-15165-0) is filled with recipes that celebrate island living and Jimmy Buffett’s classic song. Authors Sernaglia (Margaritaville’s concept chef) and Turshen (Feed the Resistance) include recipes for the popular Volcano Nachos and the Cheeseburger in Paradise.
The Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook: Door County Cherry Pie, Sheboygan Bratwurst, Traverse City Trout, and 115 More Regional Favorites by Amelia Levin (Apr. 3, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-61212-732-3) collects 118 recipes capturing the foods of the Lake Michigan region, with its hundreds of miles of shoreline and rich food traditions reflecting the area’s farms and the lake’s daily catch.
Food52 Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) by Paula Disbrowe (Mar. 27, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5247-5896-7). Disbrowe instructs on the basics of cooking over an open flame and offers recipes that can be made any night of the week, without the need for long marinades or lengthy cook times.
Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota (Feb. 27, trade paper, $22, ISBN 978-0-399-58014-7). In this collection of more than 100 recipes, Toyota (host of YouTube’s Hot for Food) presents indulgent, comfort-style vegan food.
Japanese Cooking with Manga: The Gourmand Gohan Cookbook—59 Easy Recipes Your Friends Will Love! by Alexis Aldeguer, Maiko San, and Ilaria Mauro (Apr. 10, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-4-8053-1433-3). This Japanese cookbook is heavily illustrated in a Manga style and began as a hand-drawn, hand-bound edition circulated among the three coauthors’ friends.
Univ. of Florida
Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South by Von Diaz (Mar. 13, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-8130-5665-4). When her family moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta, Diaz found grits and fried chicken as pleasurable to eat as her native plantains and roast pork, and in this cookbook she shares her stories of growing up Latina in the Deep South.
Univ. of North Carolina
Carolina Catch: Cooking North Carolina Fish and Shellfish from Mountains to Coast by Debbie Moose (Apr. 9, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-4696-4050-1). Moose, a North Carolinian, explores the joys of cooking fish, whether found in mountain streams or caught in the ocean.
Feasts: Middle Eastern Food to Savor & Share by Sabrina Ghayour (Mar. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-68188-374-8). In this follow-up to Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond, chef Ghayour presents 90 recipes for authentic Middle Eastern dishes inspired by the celebratory feasts of her childhood in Iran but tailored to how people live and cook today.
This article has been updated.