5 New Must-Have Cookbooks for Your Kitchen Shelf this Fall



Fall has officially arrived! With it, comes new cookbook releases. And that means new dishes to try, new techniques to learn, new stories to read, and new inspiration in the kitchen. It means cozying up with a cup of tea and stepping inside someone else’s food world and learning how to bring it into your own. Is there anything better than that?

I have a bit of a problem when it comes to cookbooks, so I have to limit the number I am actually allowed to bring home. Hence, why there are only five favorites, and not 50 (because it easily could have been more). I chose books with content I haven’t seen previously, that will keep me warm during the colder months, teach me something about myself, or transport me to a different place. These five (in no particular order) do one or more of those things and already have a space saved in my library. Until they arrive, I turned to Instagram to get to know the authors behind the cookbooks a bit better. The photos below belong to the authors and give a nice overview of the type of content you can expect to find in each cookbook.

I would also love to hear if there’s a cookbook you can’t wait to cook from. What’s on your fall cookbook wish list?


Food Gift Love: More than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share by Maggie Battista (yes, the very same Maggie that is founder and editor of this site)

I have been waiting for this cookbook for what seems like forever, folks, (and not just because I am a bit biased because I worked on it). It’s because I find myself always in need of a gift for someone, be it new neighbors, co-worker’s birthday, baby shower, dinner party, potlucks, and so on and so forth. Thanks to Food Gift Love, all the stress of gifting is gone. The book provides more than 100 recipes to make for all of your favorite people, and includes ways to gift wrap even the most difficult of food carriers — ever wondered how to gift chicken soup? No more. Plus, the photography is captivating and Maggie’s expertise as a food-gifting guru shines throughout the book.

The book will be available October 13, 2015, but you can preorder now.


The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures by Adrianna Adarme

Anything that promises an entire year of coziness is a-ok in my book. Written by the same brains behind the blog, A Cozy Kitchen, the book is categorized by month, where you’ll find items to “do,” “make,” or “live” that range from seasonal recipes to fun crafts (make your own candles? Don’t mind if I do).This book really does feel like a hug wrapped in beautiful binding. Some of the recipes I will make this fall and winter include Burnt Butter-Pear-Ginger Crumble, “Chorizo”-Spiced Squash Soup, and Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles. And while those are cooking, I think I’ll try my hand at homemade wrapping paper, a holiday wreath, and Thanksgiving name tags. And that’s just what I’ll do through December. There’s an entire year of inspiration and ideas within these pages.

The book will be available October 6, 2015.

MORE: Enjoy a little sweet treat while you read with our new collection of Danny’s Macaroons. Try them now.


Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson

Two of my all-time favorite things come together in Heidi Swanson’s newest cookbook: food and travel. As the author of the popular blog, 101 Cookbooks, Heidi has been wowing us for years with her food insights and creations, so it’s not surprising that she has a book that follows in those footsteps. The book features 120 vegetarian dishes, inspired by cuisines and flavors from around the globe. Each chapter takes you on a personal journey that will give you a sense and taste of that place without ever leaving home. Stops along the way include San Francisco, Morocco, Japan, Italy, France, and India. Happy travels.

The book is available now.

MORE: Want to learn how to cook in France? The Cook’s Atelier is the place to be. Find out more now.


The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure by Alana Chernila

From the same woman who writes Eating from the Ground Up and who taught us how to create our very own Homemade Pantry, we now have another incredible resource for a variety of staples (chevre, tofu, lemon curd) and how to turn those everyday items into something wonderful. The book, however, goes beyond these important recipes and teaches us everyday life lessons on how we interact with what we eat. Alana has organized the book by 13 ways to relate to food and cooking, such as “Slow Down,” “Don’t be Afraid of Food,” “Use your Scraps,” and “Invite People Over.” Each of these practices are supported by helpful insights and enticing recipes that will make a difference in your daily life.

The book will be released October 6, 2015.

MORE: Speaking of staples, our Lobster Stock is a must-have-on-hand to elevate any dish. Get the recipe now.


Home Baked: More Than 150 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Goodies by Yvette van Boven

As a long-time fan of Yvette’s other cookbooks, I am particularly excited to read all about her favorite baked goods. This big book features truly crave-worthy recipes alongside her signature illustrations (could they be any cuter?) and photographs of Paris and Ireland (not too shabby to look at). Just a few photos in and you are sure to be inspired to warm your ovens and satiate your sweet tooth (though there are plenty of savory items, as well) on the coldest winter days. Some must-try recipes include Cinnamon and Caramel Pull-Apart Loaf, Almond Custard Tarts, and Homemade Bread.

The book will be available October 13, 2015.

Photos are courtesy of Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio, and the instagram accounts of Maggie, Adrianna, Heidi, Alana, and Yvette.

Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.