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Looking for the best new cookbooks for fall 2019? These are the ones we’re most excited about, from updates to long-time classics (hello, “Joy of Cooking” for a new generation!) to fresh titles from Alison Roman, Christopher Kimball, great British baker Kim-Joy, and many more.

Whether you’re seeking a soon-to-be old faithful cooking companion destined for stains, wrinkles, and a permanent place on your kitchen shelf or you tend to do more eating with your eyes and are likelier to keep your favorites on your bedside table, there are lots of delicious new cookbooks for fall 2019. And naturally, they’re great for gift giving season if you know any fellow cookbook fanatics.

The Best New Cookbooks In Every Category

To make it easier to find the ones you’ll be most excited about, we’ve divided our big list of best new cookbooks into the below categories, with a couple highlights from each one on this page—but you can click the link in each section to see all the titles in that group.

Hop to your favorite category below, or jump straight to a list of every title in order of release, for an at-a-glance look at what you might have missed in the past few months:

For Serious Chefs & Restaurant Recipes

If you want to cook like a chef, these are some of your best bets.

“Sous Vide: Better Home Cooking” by Hugh Acheson, $24.99 on Amazon

Hugh Acheson sous vide cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Sous vide was once strictly in the realm of professional kitchens but has become more and more common among home cooks. If you’ve been meaning to try it, this book is the perfect place to finally start.Buy Now

“Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant” by Lidia Bastianich, $22.99 on Amazon

new Lidia Bastianch cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 29, 2019

Italian cuisine queen Lidia Bastianich is bringing the recipes from her long-lived NYC trattoria to the masses with this cookbook. The Short Ribs Braised in Barolo and the Warm Nutella Flan are just a couple recipes destined for dinner party fame.Buy Now

Other books we’re buying: a manual on using fish from nose to tail; a DIY bible that teaches you to pickle, proof, and preserve, among many other things; two from-scratch pasta making manuals; one from a Los Angeles Tex-Mex master; and a book for lovers of butchers and beasts.

See the full list of best cheffy cookbooks for fall.

Healthy Eating Helpers

Vegan, vegetarian, keto, Whole30, gluten-free—what were once niche cookbooks are now mainstream, and we couldn’t be happier. Even if you don’t follow any specific diet, with the right cookbook (hint: any of the below fit the bill), you can add plenty of new healthy and delicious recipes to your repertoire.

“Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor” by Raquel Pelzel, $14.99 on Amazon

Umami Bomb vegetarian cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 3, 2019

This collection of super satisfying vegetarian recipes are built around the most umami-rich ingredients (mushrooms, cheese, caramelized onions…) so every meatless bite is bursting with savory flavor—sometimes in surprising ways. Try this umami grilled cheese recipe from the book.Buy Now

“Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat” by Amy Chaplin, $19.87 on Amazon

Whole Food healthy cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 17, 2019

Whole foods (not to be confused with Whole Foods) are essentially just ingredients in their natural form, or as close to it as possible. This cookbook highlights them in master recipes that can then be transformed into multiple satisfying meals throughout the week so it’s actually easy to stick to your best intentions (without sacrificing any flavor).Buy Now

“Cannelle et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood” by Aran Goyoaga, $24.27 on Amazon

Canelle et Vanille gluten free cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 24, 2019

This book features fantastic gluten-free baked goods like sourdough bread and apple tarte tatin, as well as naturally gluten-free dishes for every meal of the day (we predict braised chicken with apples and cider will be in rotation all fall, maybe with a side of Goyoaga’s gluten-free biscuits with caramelized onion and fennel).Buy Now

Some of the other healthy titles we’re hungry for include a gorgeously illustrated vegetarian cookbook inspired by the author’s Mediterranean travels; a Whole30 cookbook for crowds; a collection of keto recipes from a favorite blogger; and a new vegan cookbook from one of the OG vegan cookbook authors.

See the full list of best healthy cookbooks for fall.

Weeknight Winners

This is the biggest category of contenders for our precious shelf space, but we don’t know if we can pare it down. Maybe we’ll just buy a new bookcase.

“Canal House: Cook Something (Recipes to Rely On)” by Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton, $24.99 on Amazon

Canal House cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 10, 2019

This cookbook appeals to everyone, from beginning cooks to jaded vets in need of a little inspiration. It includes 300 basic (but brilliant) recipes that become building blocks for satisfying, simple meals you’ll make again and again, with the added help of step-by-step photographs. Whether you’re looking for something to do with a can of tuna or want to make a souffle from scratch, you’re covered.Buy Now

“Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook” by Christopher Kimball, $24.39 on Amazon

Milk Street New Rules cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

There are 200 recipes in this book and each of them illustrates one of 75 smart cooking rules and hacks that you’ll be able to use to inform your own dishes when you want to improvise. But we bet it’ll be hard to pass up the actual example recipes like charred broccoli with toasted sesame sauce (which shows you can—illogical though it may sound—combat bitterness by charring) and curry-coconut pot roast (which illustrates how less liquid equals more flavor) even the tenth time around.Buy Now

“Lateral Cooking: One Dish Leads to Another” by Niki Segnit, $27.99 on Amazon

Lateral Cooking cookbook 2019


Publish Date: November 5, 2019

This book shares the same spirit of learning rules and formulas in order to branch out and make your own meals—but there are indeed recipes here too; in fact, with simple tweaks, one morphs into another (flatbread becomes crackers or scones with only minor changes, for instance). It’s a natural companion to Segnit’s previous book, “The Flavor Thesaurus,” and a solid foundation for anyone to stand on in the kitchen.Buy Now

Other books we’re eyeing include one all about lasagna; a revised and updated Mark Bittman classic; a Food52 chicken cookbook that makes the original white meat exciting again; an oven-to-table tome from Diana Henry; dude-driven dinner ideas that are indulgent but still (mostly) healthy; a new Molly Stevens offering; and a new “Joy of Cooking” (…so maybe we’ll get two new bookcases).

See the full list of best weeknight cookbooks for fall.

International Eating

We love globetrotting, even if it’s only in our own kitchens.

“Sababa” by Adeena Sussman, $25.68 on Amazon

Sababa Israeli cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: September 3, 2019

Adeena Sussman has co-authored almost a dozen cookbooks (including both of Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” books), but this one is all her—and all about the way she cooks and eats in her home base of Tel Aviv. The title translates to “everything is awesome,” and it’s accurate, at least when it comes to these recipes (like Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad and a Tahini Caramel Tart).Buy Now

“Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World” by Chris Shepherd and Kaitlyn Goalan, $21.36 on Amazon

Cook Like a Local international cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: September 3, 2019

This is a Houston-centric cookbook, so what’s it doing in the international category? Well, the city is home to a diverse group of immigrant chefs and cooks, and fellow local chef Chris Shepherd draws on their international knowledge for recipes that celebrate the flavors of their countries of origin, including Vietnam, Korea, and India, while not being entirely bound to tradition (see: braised goat with Korean rice dumplings, and fried vegetables with caramelized fish sauce). The idea is to broaden your horizons and enfold the flavors of other countries into your own cooking every day.Buy Now

“Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico” by Bricia Lopez with Javier Cabral, $26.19 on Amazon

Oaxaca cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: October 22, 2019

This book comes from the family behind the beloved (and James Beard Award winning) Guelaguetza, turning out incredible Oaxacan food for more than 25 years in L.A. Their cookbook will transport you—to the restaurant, to the heart of Mexico—through the authentic and delicious recipes, including several moles.Buy Now

Other international options on our kitchen itinerary: a couple Japanese cookbooks from two very different perspectives; an update to a classic Sichuan treasury; a Korean cooking bible; two more Israeli picks, including an Ottolenghi box set; and an alpine cookbook perfect for these chillier months.

See the full list of best international cookbooks for fall.

Regional & Cultural Traditions

There’s definitely overlap between this and the above category, but these picks include narrower focuses on American regional traditions and a couple cookbooks centered on particularly culturally resonant cuisines.

“The Jewish Cookbook” by Leah Koenig, $35.99 on Amazon

Jewish cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: September 11, 2019

Jewish food encompasses a vast range of global ingredients and traditions that have spread far beyond their places of origin. This cookbook collects an astonishing amount of them, from historic Sephardic and Ashkenazi holiday recipes to modern interpretations of Jewish classics by chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi and Michael Solomonov.Buy Now

“South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations” by Sean Brock, $29.49 on Amazon

Sean Brock South cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Sean Brock has become pretty much synonymous with southern food, and this book covers all the key elements of the cuisine, including regional ingredients, recipes (that—fair warning—are not always quite as simple as they sound), and traditional techniques like hearth cooking and caring for your precious cast iron cookware. Read an excerpt from the book and get a consummate shrimp and grits recipe.Buy Now

“Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking” by Toni Tipton-Martin, $31.50 on Amazon

Jubilee African-American cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: November 5, 2019

Soul food is only one facet of traditional African-American cooking. This book, a follow-up to “The Jemima Code,” draws on three centuries’ worth of black-authored cookbooks to prove that point, and explores how so much of contemporary American cuisine owes a legacy to African-American chefs and cooks through generations—with plenty of delectable recipes to try in your own kitchen, of course. Like all the best cookbooks, though, this one will feed a lot more than just your stomach.Buy Now

We’re also looking at a few more southern specials including a coastal south cookbook and an update of a 1980s Appalachian cookbook, plus a Brooklyn-centric Italian-American treatise.

See the full list of best regional and cultural cookbooks for fall.

Baking Books

From guides on homemade bread and homey weeknight treats to holiday cake and cookie manuals, these are the baking books we can’t wait to get our (floury, buttery) hands on this season.

“Tartine: A Classic Revisited” by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson, $28.79 on Amazon

2019 Tartine cookbook


Publish Date: October 10, 2019

This revised edition of the beloved baking bible is basically a brand new book, with 55 updated recipes you may already know and love (but better), plus 68 totally new ones, including gluten-free options and the sought-after recipe for the bakery’s lauded morning bun. As you can tell, the photographs are stunning too.Buy Now

“Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery” by Apollonia Poilâne, $24.99 on Amazon

Poilane baking cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: October 29, 2019

Famed French bakery Poilâne unveils their secrets for their artisan bread in this new book (as well as what to do with it besides just eating with butter). If you’re new to baking, you might be intimidated, but the book patiently walks you through everything, while also encouraging you to trust your senses and take your own notes.Buy Now

“Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes” by Joanne Chang, $35.05 on Amazon

Pastry Love baking cookbook fall 2019


Publish Date: November 5, 2019

Professional baker Joanne Chang shares great lessons on foundational techniques and recipes, plus 125 drool-worthy desserts in this book, including bakery case ready Passion Fruit Crepe Cake with lots of delicate layers, and more casual sweets like Strawberry Slab Pie and Mocha Chip Cookies. You’re gonna want to eat them all.Buy Now

We’re also making room for a new America’s Test Kitchen offering that promises perfect pies and tarts (and yes, it’ll be out in time for Thanksgiving); some down-home baking books, one with an emphasis on easy weeknight treats (because desserts aren’t just for special occasions); plus two new books for fans of “The Great British Baking Show” (i.e., us)!

See the full list of best baking cookbooks for fall.

From Our Favorite Food Bloggers

Some of our favorite food bloggers have come out with cookbooks this fall too, and we want every single one of them.

“The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors” by Mandy Lee, $22.05 on Amazon

Lady and Pups cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

If you’re familiar with the blog Lady & Pups, you’ll know to expect both eye-popping photography and fantastically engaging words and stories from this book—and, yes, lots of recipes you’ll want to make immediately (Poached Eggs with Miso Burnt Butter Hollandaise, for instance, and Buffalo Chicken Ramen too).Buy Now

“Lush: A Season-by-Season Celebration of Craft Beer and Produce” by Jacquelyn Dodd, $25 on Amazon

Beeroness Lush beer cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

The Beeroness is seriously passionate about good beer, and using it in both sweet and savory recipes. She’s already written a couple cookbooks (the party-ready “Craft Beer Bites” and her “Craft Beer Cookbook” debut), but this one emphasizes seasonality, both in the food and in the beer itself (which also ends up in the food, of course).Buy Now

“Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple” by Tieghan Gerard, $17.99 on Amazon

Half Baked Harvest cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 29, 2019

There is nothing on the Half Baked Harvest blog that isn’t flat-out jaw-dropping—first the photos grab you, then you read the recipe (like Slow Roasted Moroccan Salmon, Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese, or Cardamom Apple Fritters) and inevitably add it to your list. This second book to spring from the blog has an emphasis on easy meals that you can either make ahead or just make quickly—as if we needed any more enticement to pick it up.Buy Now

Also on our radar: new books from Two Peas & Their Pod; Wholesome Yum; Gemma’s Bigger, Bolder Baking (who shared her tips for perfect fudgy brownies); Irish star Donal Skehan; and Hummingbird High.

See the full list of best food blogger cookbooks for fall.

As Seen on TV

There’s a whole new crop of cookbooks from celebrity chefs and TV personalities too.

“Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life” by Rachael Ray, $19.59 on Amazon

new Rachael Ray 50 cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Rachael Ray is celebrating her first 50 years with this (her 26th cookbook!), which she describes as “kind of a scrapbook of my whole life.” It includes essays that serve as “snapshots” of her life so far, plus 125 recipes of the kind that she likes to cook at home—and you will too.Buy Now

Also sure to find an audience: new books from Martha Stewart, The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsey, and Antoni Porowski (of “Queer Eye” fame).

See the full list of best celebrity chef cookbooks for fall.

Party Time

‘Tis the season for lots of parties! When you’re having people over, these books are bound to help.

“Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple” by Paul Kahan with Rachel Holtzman, $31.50 on Amazon

Good Times easy party cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Paul Kahan is a lauded Chicago chef, but he also loves hosting parties at home, and this is his playbook for pulling off relaxed yet generous get-togethers without stressing yourself out. Roasts, braises, root vegetables, grain salads, and simple desserts all show up, and they all look great.Buy Now

“Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over” by Alison Roman, $19.50 on Amazon

Alison Roman easy party cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 22, 2019

Alison Roman’s “Dining In” (from 2017) is a modern day classic, and her new work is sure to join it on scores of “best” lists soon enough. It focuses on having people over for dinners that are the opposite of fussy, but are still festive—just witness the DIY martini bar guide within its pages for proof.Buy Now

We’re also looking forward to a book dedicated to super stylish Disney themed parties that are definitely not just for kids; a freewheeling-fun holiday entertaining guide that includes party ideas for every month of the year; and a celeb-curated potluck cookbook from Questlove.

See the full list of best entertaining cookbooks for fall.

Just for Fun

Okay, not just for fun—these all have some seriously great-looking recipes—but they may not be the books you grab on a weekly basis when it’s time to whip up dinner. They’re definitely worth putting on your holiday gift list, though…

“The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook” by Annie Gray, $21.49 on Amazon

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 17, 2019

A must-have for fans of “Downton Abbey,” this lavishly photographed book is faithful to both the show and the period cuisine it depicted, and includes recipes for all occasions (including a Downton Abbey dinner party for those who want to get fancy). Feast your eyes on a couple recipes from the book to whet your appetite: Kedgeree and Raspberry Fool Meringues.Buy Now

“Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows” by Andrew Rea, $22.99 on Amazon

Binging with Babish cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 22, 2019

You may already know the cooking series of the same name, but if not, “Binging with Babish” is dedicated to creating food inspired by what people are eating in movies and TV shows (think “Seinfeld” babka and orange mocha frappuccinos from “Zoolander”). It’s fun for sure, but it’s actually also full of solid recipes to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.Buy Now

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook” by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak, $31.50 on Amazon

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge cookbook 2019


Publish Date: November 5, 2019

The food at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is designed to seem, well, out of this world. This cookbook includes recipes for park staples like Ronto Wraps as well as items not available at Disney, including Rey’s Bread. There better be a recipe for the infamous blue milk to wash it all down.Buy Now

And these are just the tip of the iceberg—prepare for several other movie and TV-inspired cookbooks (even one written around a video game), and a cookbook that presents its recipes almost entirely in photo format (as in, extremely minimal written instructions save basic measurements, times, and temp).

See the full list of pop culture cookbooks for fall.

The Full 2019 Fall Cookbook List

Here’s a master list of everything we’ve earmarked, in order of release date, so you can keep track of your must-read (and must-cook-from) books over the next few months, and maybe check off your shopping list as you’re stocking up on gifts.

Good look choosing which ones you want to buy for yourself—and finding shelf space for all of them!




Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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