best new chef cookbooks fall 2019
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Sometimes you want an easy weeknight dinner and sometimes you want to get ambitious. These books are for those lets-play-chef moments. Some are actually by chefs, and some just lean more…well, cheffy than not. Whether you want to make homemade pasta, learn how to treat fish as a nose-to-tail ingredient, experiment with sous vide, or try recipes from famous chefs, these new cookbooks are worth a look.

And one of them may be just the thing for the serious home chef on your holiday shopping list.

“The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think” by Josh Niland, $33.19 on Amazon

Whole Fish cookbook

Amazon

Publish Date: September 17, 2019

Bonafide seafood savant Josh Niland has finally brought his expertise to the page with this deep dive into the multi-dimensions of fish cookery. With tips on butchery and dry ageing, plus recipes ranging from Cod Liver Pate on Toast to Roasted Fish Bone Marrow you can assured this is a that book certainly lives up to its name. Read an excerpt and get a recipe from the book.Buy Now

“Heirloom: Time-Honored Techniques, Nourishing Traditions, and Modern Recipes” by Sarah Owens, $25.27 on Amazon

Heirloom cookbook 2019

Amazon

Publish Date: September 24, 2019

Past meets future in Sarah Owens’ latest effort which bridges ancient culinary traditions from around the globe with a modernist flair. Seasonal ingredients take center stage, with 120 recipes that take the notion of eating well to a whole other level, and equip you to tackle DIY pickling and fermenting, among other projects.Buy Now

“American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta” by Evan Funke with Katie Parla, $24.65 on Amazon

American Sfoglino homemade pasta cookbook 2019

Amazon

Publish Date: September 24, 2019

At perennial Los Angeles hotspot Felix (good luck getting a table), Evan Funke has shown that he is a wizard when it comes to the art of making pasta. With “American Sfoglino” he provides a glimpse into his bag of tricks, offering a detailed tutorial on transforming eggs, water, and flour into magic on the plate (or in a bowl). If your idea of a home-cooked pasta meal is limited to boiling boxes of Barilla, this book will change your life.Buy Now

The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider by Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying, $17.49 on Amazon

Gaijin cookbook Ivan Orkin

Amazon

Publish Date: September 24, 2019

“Chef’s Table” subject Ivan Orkin proves that fusion doesn’t have to be a nasty word in the culinary lexicon with his latest cookbook. Along with recipes for traditional fare like Stir-Fried Udon, the New York ramen icon offers a taste of Tokyo by way of Syosset with recipes such as Bagels with Shiso Gravlax, a reflection of his Long Island roots and decades-long passion for Japanese cooking.Buy Now

“A Place at the Table” by Gabrielle Langholtz and Rich Kinsel, $25.54 on Amazon

A Place at the Table cookbook

Amazon

Publish Date: September 24, 2019

America’s chefs come from all over the world, and this cookbook shines a light on some of the most notable immigrant chefs in the country, including Dominique Crenn (of France), Marcus Samuelsson (with Ethiopian and Swedish heritage), Michael Solomonov (of Israel), Daniela Soto-Innes (of Mexico), and Corey Lee (of South Korea). Get a taste of their cultures, stories, and globally-influenced cuisine in this tome. Read an excerpt and get two Filipino recipes from chef Carlo Lamagna for starters.

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“Butcher & Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat” by Angie Mar with Jamie Feldmar, $26.10 on Amazon

Butcher and Beast cookbook 2019

Amazon

Publish Date: October 1, 2019

If the title didn’t make it clear enough, vegans and vegetarians will want to avoid this collection of elevated stick-to-your-ribs carnivorous offerings like Venison Cassoulet and Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder. For those of you who have dined at The Beatrice Inn, the too cool for school New York restaurant where chef Mar mans the stoves, her book’s hipster aesthetic (Polaroid photos abound) won’t come as a complete shock.Buy Now

“Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen” by Josef Centeno, $18.87 on Amazon

Ama cookbook Tex-Mex

Amazon

Publish Date: October 1, 2019

Josef Centeno has created a mini-dining empire in downtown Los Angeles and Ama is arguably the jewel of his kingdom. Here he shares his take on the Tex-Mex eats from his native San Antonio with recipes for Huevos Rancheros, Carne Guisadas, and his legendary puffy tacos. If you’ve ever fantasized about throwing a super nacho party (I mean, who hasn’t?), “Ama” will help make that dream a reality.Buy Now

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

Hugh Acheson sous vide cookbook 2019

Amazon

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. You’ll learn how to cook everything to the perfect texture, from salmon to shiitake mushrooms (and yes, there’s also plenty of steak and chicken), plus what to do with them when they come out of the water bath.Buy Now

“Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks” by Vicky Bennison, $26.99 on Amazon

Pasta Grannies cookbook

Amazon

Publish Date: October 29, 2019

Don’t let the “grannies” the the title fool you—these are masterful pasta recipes from Italian grandmothers, who could teach a lot of restaurant chefs a thing or two. This book based on the YouTube channel of the same name includes over 80 recipes that have been perfected by nonnas over lifetimes, and highlights their stories as well as their food.Buy Now

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

new Lidia Bastianch cookbook 2019

Amazon

Publish Date: October 29, 2019

Italian cuisine queen Lidia Bastianich is bringing the recipes from her long-lived NYC trattoria to the masses. Take your pick of familiar favorites like Linguini with White Clam Sauce and Pasta Primavera, or try your hand at Short Ribs Braised in Barolo, and for dessert, Limoncello Tiramisù to experiment with some new school cooking. Whatever path you choose, have your stretchy-waisted pants washed and ready.Buy Now

Check out our full list of the best new cookbooks for fall 2019.

David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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