Too early in the year to talk BBQ? Not if you’re Daniel Vaughn. The first cookbook in Anthony Bourdain’s line from Ecco is The Prophets of Smoked Meat, an illustrated and comprehensive guide, according to the publisher, of Texas BBQ—from established pit masters to roadside BBQ stops.
In his first cookbook, Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen, Edward Lee, the Brooklyn-born son of Korean immigrants who moved to Louisville, Ky., tweaks traditional Southern recipes with his Korean roots and French culinary training to produce such recipes as kabocha squash mac ’n’ cheese with a pork rind crust.
It seems home cooks can never get enough Italian... or else publishers wouldn’t continue to put them out. Surprisingly, Nigella Lawson has never done an Italian cookbook, so this season she comes out with her first Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired. The editors of Phaidon are releasing their newest in the Silver Spoon Kitchen series with Sicily, which is sure to offer solid, traditional recipes from all of the island’s provinces. In Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, Fabio Viviani tells of his rise from the housing projects of Florence to a Bravo Top Chef contestant.
Moving further afield, William Sitwell offers a solid history of world cuisine with A History of Food in 100 Recipes. Jerusalem-born chefs and cookbook authors Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi offer Mediterranean-inspired recipes from their London restaurants in Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, sharing their philosophy that “unfussiness and simplicity in food preparation are, for us, the only way to maintain the freshness of a dish. Each individual ingredient has a clear voice.” And closer to home, in Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home, Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner offer the best staff meals from Danny Meyer’s acclaimed restaurants—Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maiolino, Eleven Madison Park, the Modern, Blue Smoke, and Untitled at the Whitney.
Looking at print runs, this season’s biggest books are It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen; Paltrow’s previous cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, received solid praise. Grand Central plans to print 200,000 copies, topped only by Morrow’s 350,000-copy print run of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America’s Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food by the Food Network’s Guy Fieri, whose own Times Square restaurant was panned in the New York Times, but whose legions of fans remain faithful.
PW’s Top 10: Cookbooks
The Prophets of Smoked Meat. Daniel Vaughn. Ecco, May 4
Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. Edward Lee. Artisan, May
Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired. Nigella Lawson. Clarkson Potter, Feb. 12
Sicily. Editors of Phaidon. Phaidon, Apr 2
Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. Fabio Viviani. Hyperion, Apr. 23
A History of Food in 100 Recipes. William Sitwell. Little, Brown, June 8
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Ten Speed, Mar.
Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr.
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. Grand Central, Apr.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America’s Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food. Guy Fieri and Ann Volkwein. William Morrow, May 14
Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit by Adam Rapoport (May 14, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-1449427528). The summertime grilling companion, featuring more than 350 recipes, full-color photographs, how-to guides, and tips to simplify your grilling life.
Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee (May 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1579654924). From the three-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef comes his first cookbook, which offers an ingenious technique for juicy fried chicken at home—plus more than 130 other recipes.
Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens, and Melissa Clark; foreword by Alice Waters (June 4, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1579654641). Writing with Melissa Clark, chef Feinberg and his wife, Francine, the co-owner and manager of this Brooklyn eatery, share more than 200 recipes for deeply flavorful pastas, pizzas, vegetable dishes, and more.
4 Ingredients One Pot, One Bowl: Rediscover the Wonders of Simple, Home-Cooked Meals by Kim McCosker (Feb. 12, trade paper, $15, ISBN 978-1451678031). From the coauthor of the internationally bestselling 4 Ingredients series comes a new cookbook designed to bring joy and flavor back into the kitchen.
The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life by Robin Quivers (Mar. 26, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1583334737). Howard Stern’s celebrated sidekick presents her vegan manifesto with more than 90 recipes for the home cook.
From Mama’s Table to Mine: Everybody’s Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less by Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark (Feb. 5, trade paper, $22, ISBN 978-0345536631). For fans of Paula Deen and her well-known son Bobby, here are more than 100 recipes for Southern-inspired comfort food favorites all under 350 calories that will help you lose weight without sacrificing flavor.
The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison (June 25, trade paper, $13.95, ISBN 978-0307452061). Discover the creamy, crumbly, pungent, and wonderful world of French cheese in this combination travelogue and food history.
The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole-Food, Vegan Recipes by LeAnne Campbell, foreword by T. Colin Campbell, photos by Steven Campbell Disla (May 7, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1937856755). From the daughter of T. Colin Campbell, author of the bestselling The China Study, comes a companion cookbook featuring delicious plant-based recipes.
Black Dog & Leventhal
Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Garden by Matt Wilkinson (Feb. 20, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1579129347) celebrates the flavor and versatility of vegetables by bringing them to the center of the table in more than 80 recipes.
Boston Common Press/America’s Test Kitchen
Comfort Food Makeovers: All Your Favorites Made Lighter by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen (Mar. 1, trade paper, $26.95, ISBN 978-1936493425). America’s Test Kitchen has revamped all your favorites comfort food—including 50 dishes from national chains.
Charlesbridge Publishing/American Express
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Food & Wine America’s Greatest New Cooks: Spectacular Recipes with Fresh Ideas from Tomorrow’s Stars by the Editors of Food & Wine (Feb. 1, hardcover, $32.95, ISBN 978-1932624564). Ten cooks share 10 recipes each for a variety of dishes, from appetizers through main courses to desserts.
Chicago Review Press
The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli (May 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1613743881). is the first history of the American craft beer movement charts the birth and growth of craft beer across the U.S. in an epic, story-driven account of one of the most inspiring and surprising American grassroots movements.
Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes by Nigella Lawson (Feb. 12, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0770437015). Bestselling author and food celebrity Nigella Lawson produces her first Italian cookbook, with 120 simple, fast recipes, from pasta to dessert, and beautiful full-color photographs, that celebrates the ease, straightforwardness, and authenticity of Italian cuisine.
Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli (Apr. 16, hardcover, $32.50, ISBN 978-0307956552). Guarnaschelli—judge on the Food Network’s Chopped, a contestant on Next Iron Chef, and a gifted storyteller and chef—shares soulful, old-school recipes and anecdotes of a life in food in her debut cookbook.
Da Capo Lifelong Books
Lust for Leaf: Vegetarian Noshes, Bashes, and Everyday Great Eats—The Hot Knives Way by Alex Brown and Evan George (May 7, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0738216973). From the blogging duo Hot Knives come these vegetarian recipes with a new set of rules.
Pies: Sweet and Savory by DK Publishing (Feb. 18, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1465402035). Beginning and experienced cooks will find everything they need to know to produce these tasty creations, from exciting ingredient combinations and tips for making nutritious pies, to recipes for family-friendly “meal in one crust” varieties and spectacular dessert pies.
The Prophets of Smoked Meat by Daniel Vaughn (May 14, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0062202925). The debut book in the Anthony Bourdain Book line, this is the fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Texas barbecue, including pit masters’ recipes, tales of the road—from country meat markets to roadside stands—and a panoramic look at the Lone Star State, where smoked meat is sacred.
Annelie’s Raw Food Power: Supercharged Raw Food Recipes and Remedies by Annelie Whitfield (Apr. 18, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1440557514). Inspired by Whitfield’s time in the lush jungles of Costa Rica, this cookbook explores the wonderful tastes and unique benefits of using raw foods in everyday cooking..
Fair Winds Press
Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless Recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, and Andrea Pyenson (Apr. 1, trade paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-1592335589). The upstart Yankee team that revolutionized barbecue with an upset win at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational turn their talents to burgers.
Country Cooking Made Easy: Over 1,000 Delicious Recipes for Perfect Home-Cooked Meals by Firefly Books (Mar. 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1770850958). More than 1,000 simple, family-favorite recipes are healthy and easy to make.
Firefly Books/Robert Rose
Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by Karen Putnam and Judith Fertig (Mar. 1, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0778804499). Barbecue fans everywhere can discover the art of slow-smoking.
A Time to Cook: Southern Style Garden Cooking by James Farmer (Apr. 1, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1423631149). New twists on traditional Southern favorites—Southern food is more than cornbread, biscuits, and fried chicken.
What Would Brian Boitano Make?: Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing with Family and Friends by Brian Boitano, foreword by Giada de Laurentiis (May 7, hardcover, $27.50, ISBN 978-0762782925). The Olympic Gold Medal figure skater turned skilled chef, Brian Boitano delivers a companion cookbook to his popular Food Network show.
The Working Class Foodies’ Cookbook: 100 Delicious Seasonal and Organic Recipes for Under $8 per Person by Rebecca Lando (June 4, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-1592407538) presents a YouTube celebrity and food blogger’s organic recipes for real people, real cheap.
It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen (Apr., hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-4555-2271-2). Recipes for the food that bestselling author and Oscar Award–winning actress Paltrow eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic.
A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell (June 18, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0316229975). A narrative history of food as seen through 100 recipes, from ancient Egyptian bread to modernist cuisine.
More Peas, Thank You by Sarah Matheny (Mar. 26, trade paper, $21.95, ISBN 978-0373892723). Matheny, creator of the popular New York Times blog helps home cooks to get their families to eat more vegetables.
Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort: How America’s Favorite Celebrity Chef Got It Together, Lost Weight, and Reclaimed His Health! by Art Smith (May 7, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0062217776). With the help of his celebrity friends, Oprah’s personal chef will show readers how to cook wonderful meals that also help them lose weight.
Harvard Common Press
100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without: A Lifelong Companion by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison (May 7, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1558328013) offers 100 grilling recipes by two of America’s leading grilling and barbecue experts.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner, foreword by Danny Meyer (Apr. 2, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0547615622). The best staff meals from Danny Meyer’s acclaimed restaurants—Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maiolino, Eleven Madison Park, the Modern, Blue Smoke, Untitled at the Whitney, and more—simple enough for any home cook’s weeknight dinners, delicious enough for the most discriminating palates.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Wiley
The Recipe Girl Cookbook by Lori Lange (Apr. 9, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1118282397). A total of 150 easy, family-friendly, great-tasting recipes in the first cookbook from the wildly popular blogger Recipe Girl.
Fabio’s Italian Kitchen by Fabio Viviani (Apr. 23, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1401312770). From growing up in a Florentine housing project to charming millions on Top Chef, Italian chef Fabio Viviani blends his amazing personal story with his favorite recipes from his home country. Features photos and more than 150 mouthwatering recipes.
The German Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Regional Favorites by Christopher Knuth and Catherine Knuth (Apr. 1, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1566569507). Just like in grandma’s kitchen, authentic recipes, complete with clear instructions as well as full-color food and location photography, bring the diverse tastes of Germany to your table.
Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving by Kevin West (June 25,hardcover, $35 ISBN 978-0307599483) is an illustrated, practical guide for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts, from journalist Kevin West, author of the popular blog Savingtheseason.com.
Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity by Meryl Streep (May 2, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1906868871). The Women for Women International’s first cookbook follows the organization’s goal to bring positive change to women in countries where war and conflict has devastated lives and communities.
Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook by Jean-Pierre Gabriel and Alain Coumont (June 11, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1845337483). Full of favorite recipes from the Le Pain Quotidien kitchens, this book is a little slice of “our daily bread” that readers can enjoy at home.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America’s Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food by Guy Fieri and Ann Volkwein (May 14, trade paper, $21.99, ISBN 978-0062244659). The Food Network’s biggest star returns with an all-American book in the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives series.
New Holland Australia
Southern Italian Home Cooking by Frank Criniti (Feb. 5, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1742572659). This book is a celebration of family and the tradition of great fresh Calabrian food.
In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips from the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish by Leslie Miller and Bryan Jarr (Mar. 7, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0670785520). The country’s top fish market reels in the world’s best seafood recipes—with friendly tips and a sustainability approach that even a beginner can master.
Sicily by Editors of Phaidon (Apr. 2, trade paper, $39.95, ISBN 978-0714863528). The latest cookbook from the Silver Spoon kitchen contains more than 50 recipes from all provinces of Sicily.
How to Roast a Pig: From Oven-Roasted Tenderloin to Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork Shoulder to the Spit-Roasted Whole Hog by Tom Rea (May 1, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1592537877). This guide covers basic roasting techniques using a selection of the most common joints and cuts, from loin chops to Boston butt, so cooks can enjoy roast pig as an everyday meal.
Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side Up Burgers, and More! by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth (Feb. 12, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1594746130). The husband-and-wife team reveal more than 100 classic breakfast recipes made with a twist.
Taste of Home A+ Recipes from Schools Across America: 245 Top-of-the-Class Recipes (June 27, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1617651786). Teachers, administrators, staff, volunteers, and coaches from schools across the country sent in their original recipes—more than 14,000—for a chance to be declared the top of their class. The recipes that won the judges over were compiled into this sensational collection.
Rowman & Littlefield/AltaMira Press
National Book Network/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group/AltaMira Press
A Year in Food and Beer: Recipes and Beer Pairings for Every Season by Emily Baime and Darin Michaels (May 1, hardcover; $29.95, ISBN 978-0759122635). Part of AltaMira’s Studies in Food and Gastronomy series, this book catches up with the new respect speciality and craft beers are receiving among consumers, matching brews with gourmet foods.
Rowman & Littlefied/AltaMira Press
Mexico's Festivals and Fiestas: History and Recipes by Andrea Gray and Adriana Lahl (June 13, hardcover; $35, ISBN 978-0759122819). This cookbook offers insights into the traditional Mexican holidays that punctuate Mexican life and provides the authentic recipes to the traditional celebratory dishes.
Fabulicious!: On the Grill: Teresa’s Smoking Hot Backyard Recipes by Teresa Giudice and Heather Maclean (May 7, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-0762449774). This cookbook features Teresa Giudice’s signature easy, no-fuss Italian cooking, this time with 70 recipes you can make on the grill.
Sellers Publishing Inc.
500 Quick Meals: The Only Compendium of Quick Meals You’ll Ever Need by Deborah Gray (Mar. 1, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1416208822). The incredibly popular 500-recipe cookbook series hits 32 titles with this latest edition.
World-Class Swedish Cooking: Artisanal Recipes from One of Stockholm’s Most Celebrated Restaurants by Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg, foreword by Mons Kallentoft (July 1, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1620877357). Join two successful and passionate Swedish chefs on this gastronomic journey, from authentic ingredients to inspired culinary creations.
Square One Publishers
Everyone’s Time to Cook: How to Start a Love Affair with Cooking by Robert L. Blakeslee (May 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0757003790). From the award-winning author of Your Time to Cook and Your Time to Bake comes a cookbook for those who feel overwhelmed in the kitchen.
The New Jewish Cookbook: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray (Mar., hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-25000-445-1). Acclaimed D.C. chefs Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray offer this modern update on Jewish cooking—blending food, fresh flavors, and family stories.
St. Martin’s Griffin
Ultimate Nachos: From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson (Apr. 23, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1250016546) is a collection of 84 easy nacho recipes from the founders of Nachos NY and Guactacular.
Ten Speed Press
Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art by Caitlin Freeman (Apr. 16, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1607743903). Taking its cues from works by Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and Matisse, this collection of dessert recipes gives readers all they need to make their own edible masterpieces.
The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table by Justin Fox Burks, Amy Lawrence (May 14, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1401604820). Popular food writers Burks and Lawrence shape vegetarian food into hearty dishes for family and friends.
The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey by Marvin Gapultos (Apr. 23, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0804842570) provides recipes Gapultos made famous with his L.A. food truck, the Manila Machine.
The 101 Best No-Cook Recipes: Delicious Dishes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook by Matt Kadey (June 11, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1612431895). The 101 recipes allow you to create delicious meals without firing up the range
The Hunter’s Guide to Butchering, Smoking, and Curing Wild Game and Fish by Philip Hasheider (July 31, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-0760343753). From field to table, Hasheider gives readers all they need to know to harvest their big game, small game, fowl, and fish.
Vedge: 100 Plates, Large and Small, That Place Vegetables in the Spotlight by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (July 2, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1615190850). Straight from the kitchen of Vedge come 100 creative dishes that redefine vegetable cooking.
The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman (Feb. 12, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-0761156697). From America’s foremost organic gardeners, a complete apples-to-zucchini guide to gardening in your yard—no matter the size—and cooking the vegetables (and fruits) of your labors.