Yes, you can Google any recipe under the sun, but for foodies, it’s easy to justify collecting cookbooks: They’re the ideal blend of beauty and function, filled with recipes that inspire—and, of course, they look amazing lined up on a countertop.
Here, we’ve rounded up the 10 best cookbooks hitting shelves for fall 2015, and if these don’t inspire you to dust off those pots and pans, we don’t know what will. We won’t judge if you open these new titles solely for the gorgeous #foodporn, but you should definitely give their totally accessible recipes a try.
The Yellow Table by Anna Watson Carl (Sterling Epicure; $24.95)
A personal chef, an editor, a writer, and an all-around hostess with the most-est, Anna Watson Carl shares her love letter to cooking and entertaining in The Yellow Table, a cookbook that evolved from the popular blog of the same name. From Roasted Winter Squash with Kale and Pomegranate Seeds to Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, her recipes will inspire you to host your own dinner parties.
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The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying ($34.99)
Part memoir, part Q&A, and part cookbook, The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook takes you behind the scenes of the cult-favorite restaurant that started as a pop-up project inside an existing Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. Follow along as chefs Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint reinvent Chinese cuisine and, along the way, find unexpected success. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Chongqing Chicken Wings.
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Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach (Clarkson Potter; $35)
As the title implies, there aren't any super-involved recipes in Lucky Peach’s first cookbook—it’s truly meant for the home cook who wants to whip up Pesto Ramen or Hainan Chicken Rice on any given weeknight. It’s a droolworthy take on popular Asian dishes (mostly Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese) that’s guaranteed to deliver better results than takeout.
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Toast: The Cookbook by Raquel Pelzel (Phaidon; $24.95)
It was only a matter of time before the world’s easiest breakfast/snack recipe was turned into a cookbook. Toast goes beyond avocado and peanut butter to offer seasonally inspired toppings. With recipes like Romesco Toast with Garlicky Mustard Greens to Bombay Bubble and Squeak Toast, Pelzel reimagines the classic dish with a creative flair that’s both unexpected and delicious.
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Dips & Spreads by Dawn Yanagihara (Chronicle Books; $16.95)
Tired of regular old hummus? Dawn Yanagihara offers more than 45 alternatives that you can pair with a platter of crudités, pita chips, or pretzels. Inspired by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisines, Yanagihara showcases gorgeous bowls of dips made from beans, veggies, olives, nuts, yogurt, and more.
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Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook by Marco Canora (Pam Krauss Books; $20)
With winter fast approaching, Marco Canora’s Brodo is the perfect pick-me-up. Canora, who credits bone broth for turning his life and diet around, shares his secrets for making an unbeatable bowl of the essential (and trendy) soup. His recipes expand on the broths offered at his East Village restaurant to include simple soups (called “brodo bowls”), risottos, sipping broths, and broth add-ins. There’s even a “three-day bone broth reset” plan that aims to improve gut health and digestive function—it’s the winter cleanse you didn’t even know you needed.
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Lemon & Salt: A Modern Girl's Guide to Culinary Revelry by Ashton Keefe (Ashton Keefe LLC.; $19.99)
Ashton Keefe’s debut cookbook is all about entertaining on a budget and cooking for friends and family without skimping on flavor or style. Keefe, who graduated from the French Culinary Institute, combined her event planning and culinary skills into a beautiful cookbook for the girl who wants to make her own pizza and share it too. Lemon & Salt is your go-to guide for when you want to host a bubbly brunch, cook a cozy weeknight dinner, or even whip up a meal for a tailgating party.
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Sweet and Tart by Carla Snyder (Chronicle Books; $19.95)
Love lemon bars like nobody’s business? Sweet and Tart is right up your alley, featuring 70 recipes that celebrate citrus in desserts. From bars and cookies to frozen desserts, get ready to zest and squeeze your way through bright, fresh treats like Lemony Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler, Blood Orange Angel Food Cake, and Olive Oil–Poppy Seed Loaf. It’s the sweet ode to lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges everywhere.
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Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman (Clarkson Potter; $32.50)
First we got the long-awaited taco emoji, and now Alex Stupak, the celebrated chef behind the Empellón empire, spells out everything you’d ever want to know about tortillas and their fillings. It’s a deep dive into a world that’s more nuanced than it might initially seem, and it's a celebration of a Mexican classic. You’ll fall for sophisticated yet doable recipes like Squash Blossom Tacos, Carrot Tacos with Argan Oil Mole, and Slab Bacon Tacos with Salsa Negra.
Courtesy of Clarkson Potter
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt (W.W. Norton & Company; $49.95)
Written for the food nerd and the casual foodie alike, J. Kenji López-Alt’s masterpiece for home cooks breaks down the science behind cooking everything from eggs to ribs. López-Alt, the managing culinary director of Serious Eats, dishes on his own experience in the kitchen and shares tried-and-true tips for cooking from scratch. It’s a lush tome that you’ll turn to again and again.
W.W. Norton & Company