Fall has barely begun and there’s already a surfeit of fab new cookbooks to gobble up, but today we’re taking a closer look at some of the best new international cookbooks fresh off the press (or soon to be released).
Most American kitchens these days pretty seamlessly incorporate a global array of spices and ingredients, but there’s always new inspiration to be found in cookbooks that focus on other countries’ cuisine.
Here are some of the globally inspired books we’re most excited to cook from this season.
“Sababa” by Adeena Sussman, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
While Adeena Sussman has co-authored almost a dozen cookbooks (including Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings“), this one is all her—and all about the way she cooks and eats in her home base of Tel Aviv, with much love given to the local markets. The title translates, basically, to “Everything is awesome,” and it’s accurate, at least when it comes to these recipes. Think Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad; Schug Marinated Lamb Chops; and a Tahini Caramel Tart. These dishes will definitely make you take up stocking harissa, za’atar, date syrup, and sumac on the regular if you don’t already.Buy Now
“Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World” by Chris Shepherd and Kaitlyn Goalan, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Technically, 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 immigrants and their cuisines, and Houston chef Chris Shepherd believes that “Local food should reflect the people of a place.” He draws on fellow Houston cooks’ international knowledge for recipes that celebrate the flavors of their native countries, including Vietnam, Korea, and India. But more than that, with chapters divided by ingredient (Fish Sauce, Chiles, Soy, Rice, Spices, and Corn), this book aims to educate you on how to understand each cuisine’s foundational ingredients and flavors and incorporate them into your everyday cooking.Buy Now
“Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking” by Einat Admony and Janna Gur, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 17, 2019
If you can’t get enough Israeli food, you’re in luck, because here’s another vibrant new cookbook devoted to the captivating cuisine. With photo essays of the city’s shuks (markets), you’ll almost feel like you’re there—even more so once you start cooking. In addition to vegetable dishes, hearty stews, herby rice pilafs and grain salads, flatbreads, and more, you’ll find several inventive shakshuka recipes (because you can never have too many).Buy Now
“The Gaijin Cookbook” by Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying, $26.97 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 24, 2019
Japanese cuisine spans a wide range of traditions and styles, and Chef Ivan Orkin has nurtured a long love affair with all of it; he’s also run internationally acclaimed ramen shops since 2006 (and published a previous cookbook, “Ivan Ramen“), but still describes himself as gaijin (an outsider). He considers that to have been an asset in his career and cooking life, and this book condenses much of his experience into recipes anyone can pull off. With selections for weeknights and picky kids (like Japanese Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce), boozy celebrations, updated brunches (Bagels with Shiso Gravlax), and even sushi making parties, the eclectic dishes in these pages may not all be ultra traditional, but they all pay homage to Orkin’s beloved Japan—and will make you love it too.Buy Now
“The Food of Sichuan (2019 Revised Edition)” by Fuchsia Dunlop, $38 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 15, 2019
This upcoming tome is a hotly anticipated update to “Land of Plenty,” the first (now-classic) cookbook by noted Chinese food authority Fuchsia Dunlop. With more than 70 new recipes that celebrate the cuisine of Sichuan, where Dunlop’s culinary journey in China began over 20 years ago, and fascinating information on the region’s cultural and culinary history, this is destined to become another must-have for anyone interested in Chinese cooking.Buy Now
“Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe’s Grand Mountaintops” by Meredith Erickson, $50 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 15, 2019
Alpine cuisine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think global and international flavors, but the mountainous regions of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France are home to fabulous comfort food you shouldn’t forget about. This book is both a travelogue of the area’s best spots (in case you can’t afford a ski trip to Gstaad, at least you can make a virtual visit) and a treasury of ravishingly rustic food from dumplings and fondue to strudels. Settle in with this one for a wonderfully cozy fall and winter.Buy Now
“Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico” by Bricia Lopez with Javier Cabral, $36 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 22, 2019
This cookbook comes from the family behind the much-loved (and James Beard Award winning) Guelaguetza in L.A., a source of incredible Oaxacan food for more than 25 years. Their cookbook will transport you there—to the restaurant and by extension, to the heart of Mexico—through the authentic and delicious recipes, including several mole variations and their signature pink horchata. With over 140 “authentic, yet accessible” recipes, this book also traces the origins and evolution of these dishes from Oaxaca to Los Angeles and beyond.Buy Now
“Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking” by Maangchi with Martha Rose Shulman, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 29, 2019
Korean cooking delivers addictive flavor but doesn’t stop at gochujang, kimchi, and short ribs. This book by Maangchi (dubbed “YouTube’s Korean Julia Child” by the New York Times) covers all your favorites from hotpot to banchan, but also delves into more diverse aspects of Korean cuisine, including vegan Buddhist temple dishes, Korean bento, and modern street snacks. You’ll even learn how to make your own rice liquor, and there’s a chapter devoted to Korean cooking techniques with helpful photos that detail every method.Buy Now
“Essential Ottolenghi: Plenty More and Ottolenghi Simple” by Yotam Ottolenghi, $50 on Amazon
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
While not brand new books, this boxed set collects “Plenty More” (with a focus on fresh, vibrant veggies) and “Ottolenghi Simple” (which emphasizes easy meals that still boast bold flavors) in one sleek package perfect for gift giving season. If you don’t already have Yotam Ottolenghi’s beloved cookbooks on your own shelves, it makes a nice present to yourself too. The recipes range from simple but stunning vegetarian meals (like Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar) to meaty dishes perfect for cool fall nights (Lamb and Feta Meatballs), and include desserts for a sweet finish too (hello, Halvah Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce and Roasted Peanuts). Warning: You will develop a dependency on the Oven Fries with Oregano and Feta, but luckily, they go with almost anything.Buy Now
Check out our full list of the best cookbooks for fall 2019.
Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!