What to look for this Cookbooktober 2018

Besides my family, cookbooks are my life. My days are filled with reviewing, reading, cooking from, and thinking about cookbooks. I’m sure many of you can relate. If I am not paging through a book, I’m researching what the future holds for cookbook devotees.

My 2018 Preview Post is an extensive compilation of cookbook releases by month. If a book is on that list – it appeals to me, or I feel it will appeal to a great many of you. I frequently update this massive listing and also share monthly preview articles to keep you are members in the loop.

Today, I wanted to share a breakdown of major releases for the second half of 2018. This was a very hard list to pare down as I am looking forward so many new books. If you are new to Eat Your Books, please use the code FBJUNE18 when you sign up to check us out with a free 45 day Premium membership. We are sure you will want to hang around.

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Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Italian Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone by Marc Vetri and David Joachim promises to be a revolutionary guide to making delicious pizza at home, offering a variety of base doughs so that your pizza will turn out perfect no matter what kind of oven or equipment you have.  (August)

Rose’s Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos by Rose Levy Beranbaum is an ultimate collection of no-fuss recipes everyone should know. Rose guides you through every recipe with a streamlined, simplified approach and more than 600 mouthwatering and instructive photos. (September)

Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to bakers of all levels. Cathy is the queen of all good things – and pie is taken to new heights (and shapes) when she works her magic.   (October)


Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province by Georgina Freedman is a title I am so excited about. Each chapter here covers a different area featuring its cardinal recipes such as Tibetan momo dumplings, Dai cucumber salad with peanuts, the famed “crossing-the-bridge” noodles of Kunming, Eastern-style fried rice with ham, potatoes, and peas, and roasted eggplant salad from near the Burmese border. (September)

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen is the celebrity’s new edible diary: recipes for quick-as-a-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter, healthier-ish living; and recipes that, well, are gonna put you to bed, holding your belly. And it will have you hungry for more. (September)

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck is a comprehensive collection of German recipes – from authentic traditional dishes to contemporary cuisine. Germany is made up of a series of distinct regional culinary cultures. From Hamburg on the north coast to Munich in the Alpine south, and from Frankfurt in the west to Berlin in the east, Germany’s cities and farmland yield a remarkable variety of ingredients and influences. This authoritative book showcases this diversity, with 500 recipes including both beloved traditional cuisine and contemporary dishes representing the new direction of German cooking – from snacks to desserts, meat, poultry, and fish, to potatoes, dumplings, and noodles. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.  (September)

The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East by Salma Hage shares more than 135 home-cooking recipes exploring the regional diversity of Middle Eastern cuisine by sharing dishes, from Lebanon and Iran to Turkey and Syria. Divided by style of dish, the book features both meat-based and vegetarian dishes, along with suggested mezze-style menus and a glossary of ingredients.Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.  (September) 

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi’s is scheduled for release in September of 2018. This title will share 120 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and favour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy. (September) (US release in October)

Time: A Year and a Day in the Kitchen by Gill Meller is the highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Gather. In it Gill distills the essence of his approach to food and cooking – time spent in the kitchen, with good ingredients, makes for the best possible way of life. Morning, daytime and night – these are the touchstones of our days, and days are the markers of our years. (September)

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers
 by Julia Turshen is another must-have from Julia featuring recipes to bring us around the table. 


Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan invites readers into the beloved author’s kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-glazed salmon to Lemon goop. What makes a “Dorie recipe”? Each one has a small surprise that makes it special. Mustard and walnuts in the cheese puffs. Cherry tomatoes stuffed into red bell peppers and oven-charred. Cannellini beans in cod en papillote. The dishes are practical, made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers’ market, or pantry. (October)


In their first major book since the spectacular Zahav, Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people – the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. (October)

Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma is one of 2018’s highlights for me. Nik’s A Brown Table blog is just beautiful and this promises to be an incredible debut cookbook. (October)

A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair by Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske and Alison Roman is the story of two places beloved by chefs and foodies worldwide – Lower East Side tasting-menu restaurant Contra, and its more casual sister, Wildair. The book exudes the spirit of collaboration and exploration that inspires the chefs’ passionately seasonal cooking style, boundary-pushing creativity, and love of natural wine. Narratives explore how and why they developed their signature dishes – many of which are ideal for creative home cooks – and are full of their distinctive wit and personality. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. 

Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen. (October)

Home Cooking with Kate McDermott
by Kate McDermott delivers satisfying, mainly one-dish meals from the author of Art of the Pie. From roasted chicken and veggies for Sunday supper to batches of hearty soup to reheat when there’s no time to cook, this practical cookbook focuses on staple recipes for people who aren’t looking for a part-time job in the kitchen. Using ingredients that can be found in any supermarket and techniques that every home cook needs, McDermott shares tasty and repeatable meals for friends and family.  (October) EYBD Book.

Pasta, Pretty Please by Linda Miller Nicholson delivers her first cookbook, a stunning cornucopia of pasta in every color and shape, all created by hand using all-natural colors from vegetables, herbs, and superfood – and including 25 dough recipes, 33 traditional and modern shaping techniques, and the perfect fillings and sauces to make your creations pop.  (October) EYBD Book.

The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson delves into all aspects of Nordic home baking – modern and traditional, sweet and savory – with recipes for everything from breads and pastries to cakes, cookies, and holiday treats. No other book on Nordic baking is as comprehensive and informative. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.  (October)

by Ignacio Mattos shares the dishes that make dining at the New York hot spot a true experience. In April, I dined there with Jane and another friend and it was truly one of the best meals of my life. Mattos is a master. (October)

Modern Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Everything in Between
by Donna Hay brings us one of her most beautiful books yet with over 250 mouthwatering recipes for cakes,biscuits and all kinds of divinely delicious sweet treats. I’ve had a peek at the digital version of this book and it is jaw-droppingly stunning. 

The Noma Guide to Fermentation by René Redzepi and David Zilber will show readers how to build their own pantry of ferments, including koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-fermented vegetables, and black fruits. This title will include approachable instructions and supporting photographs that will demonstrate the steps to re-create each of Noma’s innovative flavors at home, as well as thoughtful suggestions for how cooks can use these new ingredients that will elevate their everyday cooking to a whole new level.

Fantastical Cakes: Incredible Cakes for the Baker in Anyone by Gesine Bullock-Prado shares her step-by-step instruction for baking, piping, and making decorations make each bit manageable, whether it’s baking layers ahead of time and freezing, or taking the time to crank out a slew of gorgeous frosting flowers that hold beautifully in the freezer until you need them. (November)

Searing Inspiration: Fast, Adaptable Entrées and Fresh Pan Sauces by Susan Volland explains how to skillfully wield a hot skillet to sear entrees, then shows how quickly a fresh, easy sauce can be made in that same hot pan. In more than sixty enticing recipes that cover seafood, poultry, meats, vegetables, tofu, and eggs, Volland invites home cooks to adapt her recipes for taste, diet, and ingredient availability. (November) EYBD Book.

Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse: Another Cookbook of Sorts by David McMillan and Frédéric Morin and Meredith Erickson is being released in Canada in November and in the US in February of 2019. The Art of Living According to Joe Beef is epic and I am so excited for this long-anticipated follow up. (November)

Extra Helping: Recipes for Building Community One Dish at a Time by Janet Elsbach is for anyone who wants to feed loved ones and friends who are in need. With recipes tailored to meet many of the dietary modifications that illness and recovery (not to mention modern life) often entail, as well as suggestions that range from mailing a care package to bringing over a full, hot meal, this title frames a philosophy of support, a personal identity of tending, a creative and unique-to-you style of saying, “I am here for you”–one delivery at a time. (November)  EYBD Book.

Other July – December titles that are must haves include:

We hope to have EYBD Previews for these titles as well as promotions. Read more about EYBD here.

Which titles are you looking forward to?


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  • jluvs2bake  on  June 13, 2018

    Thanks for the great list of things to look forward to, Jenny! I kept saying, "Oh, this one!" and "Oh, wishlisting that one, too!" And when I got to the Nordic Baking book, I had to read it to my husband (who asked if it was from Nordic Ware before I read the description. I see he does retain some things I say! lol) Too many to list which ones I'm looking forward to, but in addition to Nordic Baking — Pizza, Rose & Dorie's books of COURSE, N Thailand, Staub, Milk Street, Food52 Desserts, and the Bread Collection!

  • jluvs2bake  on  June 13, 2018

    (That should have said too many to list ALL the ones I'm looking forward to 😊😋 👨🏼‍🍳)

  • IslandgirlOK  on  June 13, 2018

    Oh I cannot wait for Simple, and Season! After reading this post of course I found 5 more books to preorder lol. So excited that there are new books from both Yvette Van Boven, and Greg & Lucy Malouf!

  • jahqdruh  on  June 13, 2018

    Oh, my poor wallet. Must haves are Mastering Pizza, Simple, Israeli Soul, Everyday Dorie, Fantastical Cakes, and SUQA. I love Milk Street, but if the recipes are going to be the same as what's in their magazine, I'll probably pass on that one. I hadn't heard of Nik Sharma before now — I'll have to look into Season. Thanks for the link to the blog, and for this recap!

  • RoseLevyBeranbaum  on  June 13, 2018

    thank you so much for including my book "rose's baking basics." much appreciated!

  • annmartina  on  June 14, 2018

    Any word on when Chrissie Tiegen's book will be released?

  • Jenny  on  June 14, 2018

    September Annmartina – but there is no title, no cover – so it is just mentioned in my 2018 preview post until such time there is a title/cover.

  • kmcdermott  on  June 14, 2018

    What a great lineup! Thank you so much for including "Home Cooking with Kate McDermott". It's an honor to be in such esteemed company.

  • eliza  on  June 14, 2018

    If space and budget allowed I would want almost all of these books. Especially looking forward to Simple and the Gill Meller book. It's also really nice to see some of the cookbook authors commenting here! Thanks Jenny for a great roundup.

  • FireRunner2379  on  June 14, 2018

    Mastering Pizza is on my hit list!

  • Dorie  on  June 15, 2018

    Thank you so much for including my book "Everyday Dorie, The Way I Cook" in this preview. I always look forward to your Cookbooktober round-up and it's a thrill to be part of it this year – xoDorie

  • Foodycat  on  June 15, 2018

    Honey & Co At Home is coming out in early July, which I am looking forward to. But that Food of Northern Thailand sounds really interesting too!

  • Jenny  on  June 15, 2018

    I tried to do the cut off in August – Honey & Co I've been promoting for almost a year now 🙂

  • vickster  on  June 16, 2018

    Thanks Jenny! I keep wondering how I could possibly improve on my cookbook collection, and then great new ones come along!

  • TrishaCP  on  June 16, 2018

    My wallet cries at this list- and Honey & Co At Home isn't even on it? Argh! That will be a must have. So will Ottolenghi. The Gill Meller, Smith & Deli-cious, Israeli Soul, and the Yunnan books sound intriguing. But am also interested in the Melissa Clark, Julia Turshen, and Milk Street books. What to do, what to do….

  • Thrasymachus  on  August 5, 2018

    I've just purchased the Honey & Co. book and it throughly deserves its place on this list, even though it did come out in July

  • IvyManning  on  October 25, 2018

    Thanks Jenny for including my book on this list! If you can judge a person by the company she keeps, I'm doing something right! 🙏

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