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Fall Cookbook Preview 2011

The ten essential cookbooks of autumn.


Gobs of cookbooks come out in autumn. Here are the ten you�ll actually use.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

All About Roasting
Molly Stevens
(W.W. Norton, $35)

Five hundred-plus pages of appealing recipes from a veteran teacher make a single, simple cooking technique feel like the only one you�ll ever need.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

The Apple Lover�s Cookbook
Amy Traverso
(Norton, $30)

With more than 300 pages of apple facts and recipes (from apple pancakes to apple risotto), maybe The Apple Obsessive�s Cookbook would have been a better title. But at this time of year, isn�t everybody an apple obsessive?

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Beta Cocktails
Kirk Estopinal and Maksym Pazuniak
(Blurb, $18)Available now

A self-published collection of original cocktail recipes, selected by the guys behind the very-limited-edition Rogue Cocktails; contributions from Chicago bartenders Mike Ryan, Paul McGee and Stephen Cole add hometown pride.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Bi-Rite Market�s Eat Good Food
Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough
(Ten Speed Press, $32.50)

A precious and awesome Bay Area-grocery store�s guide to how to shop for food and what to do with said food when you get home. It�s kind of like Zingerman�s Guide to Good Eating, only more accessible, better designed and with more enticing recipes.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Girl in the Kitchen
Stephanie Izard and Heather Shouse
(Chronicle, $30)

TOC�s Shouse follows up her first book, Food Trucks, with this compendium of Izard recipes. Because the concept for the book is home-cooking (French gnocchi with watercress sauce, etc), you won�t find the recipe for Girl & the Goat�s pig face. But don�t worry�that�s what the next book is for.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Momofuku Milk Bar
Christina Tosi
(Clarkson Potter, $35)

Tosi�the genius pastry chef who combined butterscotch chips, chocolate, potato chips and minipretzels into a Compost Cookie�shares her cult recipes for homemade junk food.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Rustic Italian Food
Mark Vetri
(Ten Speed, $35)

It�s not an entry-level book by any means, but for home cooks looking for guidance rolling pasta, curing meats and kneading bread, Vetri is an able instructor sharing beautiful recipes.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot At A Time
Martha Bayne
(Agate Surrey, $20.95)

Chefs� soup recipes and charming illustrations are intertwined with social-justice stories told by the former Chicago Reader food writer.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

The Splendid Table�s How To Eat Weekends
Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift
(Clarkson Potter, $35)

Kasper and Swift show a reverence for ethnic flavors in this book, laying out plans for, among other parties, a Mexican comida, a Vietnamese Sunday lunch and a celebratory Chinese feast.

Illustration: Christine Berrie

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts
Mark and Michael Klebeck with Jess Thomson
(Chronicle, $17)

Doughnuts 101, by Seattle�s renowned doughnut makers. Cake doughnuts, yeasted doughnuts, dulce de leche doughnuts�there�s even a whole-wheat doughnut recipe in here.