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Harvest Season: 10 Essential New Autumn Cookbooks

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 21, 2021

As the weather turns cooler, our focus turns indoors to cozy kitchens and comfort food. Here are some recently published cookbooks that have us excited to fire up our ovens and gather around the table.

Baking

Nothing says fall like baked goods. From sweet treats to crusty bread, here are some of the best in new baking guides.

Life is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories and Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top
While her season on The Great American Baking Show was pulled after just a few episodes due to behind-the-scenes troubles, the season did still have a champion that we didn't get to see. Here, winner Vallery Lomas shares her story and more than 100 delicious recipes.

Snacking Cakes
Expert baker Yossy Arefi's collection of 50 simple, no-fuss recipes will yield near-instant satisfaction. With little time and effort, these single-layered cakes are made using only one bowl (no mixer needed) and basic pantry ingredients.

A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home
A chemical engineer before she became a baker, Melissa Weller uses her scientific background to explain the whys and hows of baking, so home cooks can achieve perfect results every time.

One Tin Bakes: Sweet and Simple Traybakes, Pies, Bars and Buns
Whether you want cookies or cakes, pastries or desserts, baking just got a whole lot easier with these 70 delicious one-pan, no-fuss baking recipes from Edd Kimber, the first winner of the Great British Bake Off.

The Sourdough School: The Groundbreaking Guide to Making Gut-Friendly Bread
At her renowned school, Vanessa Kimbell has long taught the secrets of this healthy, digestible bread. Here she compiles her teachings from creating your own starter to producing a variety of beautiful artisanal loaves.

Comfort Food

As we descend into fall and winter, we desire warming, filling dishes that bring people together. Here's a batch of our favorite new cookbooks for autumn.

Modern Comfort Food
Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up. You'll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.

This Will Make it Taste Good
From caramelized onions to fruit preserves, make home cooking quick and easy with ten simple "kitchen heroes" in these 125 recipes from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Vivian Howard.

Mexican Home Kitchen
For Mely Martínez, cooking has always been about family, community, and tradition. Illustrated with stunning photography, her bestselling cookbook compiles traditional home-style dishes enjoyed in Mexican households.

Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter
This vibrant and joyous collection from Nigel Slater of 110 recipes is perfect for people who want to eat plant-based, seasonal food without compromising on flavor and ease. Straightforward recipes showcase the delicious fresh ingredients.

The Rise
Black cooking is more than "soul food." With flavors tracing from Africa to the Caribbean, throughout the U.S., and beyond. Chef, author, and TV star Marcus Samuelsson shares his own journey alongside 150 delicious recipes.

Whether you're looking to prepare grand feasts for your tribe or just baking a batch of goodies to treat yourself, we hope you've found something here that suits your needs. Bon Appetit!

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