Shelter-in-place may or may not be over soon, but here at KQED Food, we’ve got the recipe itch. Quarantine has inspired us to cook more, work with different ingredients and finally use the cookbooks that have been stacked on our shelves for months. With summer in full swing, we’re excited about several cookbooks that are coming out this season and in the fall. Here are some of our favorites.
Eat Something (Out Now)
This cookbook from Wise Sons is filled with favorites from the well-loved Bay Area establishment. The 60-recipe book goes through holiday dishes, soups and pantry descriptions that are easy to follow and give a comprehensive approach to Jewish cuisine that’s not intimidating. —Urmila Ramakrishnan
The Best American Food Writing (Out Now)
Landing in bookstores later this fall is the 2020 edition of The Best American Food Writing. The third-annual anthology features a mix of narrative and reporting on food, and is guest edited by San Mateo-based chef and writer J. Kenji López-Alt. Last year’s collection was also edited by a local writer, the teacher and chef Samin Nosrat, and featured pieces from writers like Tejal Rao, Yemisi Aribisala, and Soleil Ho. This year promises a similarly exciting bunch, including Sho Spaeth on Benihana, Meghan McCarron on the myth of Portlandia and its restaurant scene, and Korsha Wilson on the mostly white, mostly male world of restaurant criticism. López-Alt has previously published the popular The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science which won a James Beard Award in 2015. — Ruth Gebreyesus
Impossible: The Cookbook (July)
Call it gimmicky, but there is something very intriguing about this cookbook from the meat substitute company. Featuring some celebrity chefs like San Francisco's Traci Des Jardin, this book is for anyone who really wants to dive into the meatless meat experience in the way nature never intended. —U.R.
Nourish Me Home (August 2020)
From James Beard Award winner Cortney Burns comes this instructional guide to cooking seasonally. If you're looking for creative ways to eat more veggies and are trying to get healthier, this is your book. —U.R.
Hot Cheese (September 2020)
With everything going on, it will be nice to turn to this book for a couple of Gouda pun inspiration. This book dedicated to all things melted cheese has over 50 recipes ranging from cheesesteak to khachapuri. —U.R.