Fall books I’m excited to read (and cook with)

I get oodles of books at work — we’ve been over this — and this fall a few stand out. Here’s my latest stack to read:

Ribbet collageIsa Does It (Oct. 22) is one of my most anticipated releases this year, both because I know Isa and also because more and more people in my life are eating vegan, and I want to be able to cook delicious food for them and myself, even though I’m not vegan. I can’t wait to try Isa’s hearty-sounding stews, chili and curries this fall.

Grand Forks, Marilyn Hagerty’s book of reviews that came out earlier this year, sadly got buried in a pile of other books and I forgot about reading it. It’s back at the top of my list.

The Cooks Illustrated books never disappoint, and the Baking Book is just the thing for someone like me, who needs hand-holding when it comes to pies and cookies and that sort of thing. I love their step-by-step approach which makes almost anything seem simpler.

Provence, 1970 (Oct. 22) arrived on my desk yesterday and I can’t wait to dive into it this fall. The winter of that year, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together, coincidentally, in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Fisher wrote about many of the conversations in journals, and her great-nephew discovered them and wrote this book. Sounds fascinating.

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