Fall Cookbook Preview 2011

The ten essential cookbooks of autumn.

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  • 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)
    November


    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)
    September


    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)
    October


    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)
    October


    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)
    October


    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)
    November


    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)
    November


    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)
    September


    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)
    October


    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.

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

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