Our inboxes are deliciously stuffed.
Normally, August and September are the season of cookbooks. Office desks are stacked with cookbooks of every kind — blogger debuts, chef-penned memoirs, hard-cover restaurant collections and a few head-scratchers, too.
This year, the combination of pandemic, remote work and a postal service crisis meant the avalanche arrived in e-galley form. With a nod to earth-friendliness, we scrolled through thousands of flavor-packed PDF pages until our eyes twitched, stomachs growled and one clear theme emerged: comfort food.
Collections built on classic chicken dishes, easy yet welcome twists on sandwiches, and common pantry ingredients feel just right for the way we’re cooking these days. Among the mega files, we’ve chosen five fantastic books that COVID-era home cooks will appreciate, whether for their simplicity, ingenuity or for sparking much-needed new ideas.
From Ina Garten’s pandemic-minded “Modern Comfort Food” to Milk Street’s “Cookish,” which offers recipes with six or fewer ingredients, these useful, diverse cookbooks should find a sauce-splattered spot on your counter. Now, how do we get sauce off laptops?
Ina Garten’s newest cookbook, “Modern Comfort Food,” hits bookstore shelves Oct. 6. (Clarkson Potter) Modern Comfort Food
It’s heeeere: Ina Garten’s answer to simple, pantry cooking, with a heartfelt intro from the author about the pandemic. Publisher Clarkson Potter bumped up the release of “Modern Comfort Food” (Clarkson Potter; $35), the 12th in the Barefoot Contessa collection, so we no longer have to wait to see what Jeffrey’s been sniffing in lockdown. The new release date is Oct. 6.
Elevated sandwiches, casseroles and Garten’s 83 other new recipes are built around the idea that everyone is craving childhood classics during the crisis, and she’s offering them with twists — adding a fresh ingredient, a modern flavor or lightening up the recipes, she says. (Though we still found gobs of butter, heavy cream and cheese on most of these pages. This is not a bad thing.)
Standouts include an easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Puff Pastry Croutons made from Pepperidge Farm frozen sheets; Ultimate Beef Stew that uses boneless short ribs instead of chuck; and Seared Salmon with Spicy Red Pepper Aioli made with jarred peppers and mayonnaise. It’s all around delish. (And we’ll be sharing that Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe in the coming weeks.)
Sarah Kieffer’s new cookbook unveils her cookie canon, including 12 #panbanging recipes. (Sarah Kieffer) 100 Cookies
Ready to up your quarantine baking? Starting to think about holiday treats? Sarah Kieffer’s gorgeous second cookbook, “100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen, with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More (Chronicle Books; $27.50), has it all, including Kieffer’s penchant for pastry poetry. The book debuted Aug. 25.
The Saveur award-winning blogger and Minneapolis author of 2016’s “The Vanilla Bean Baking Book” got her start baking cookies in coffee shops. With this collection, she divides her cookie canon into eight comprehensive chapters, from The Classics and FruitExtravaganza to Time to Play (hello, tri-colored Neapolitan Cookies).
There’s even a chapter on new recipes using Kieffer’s hashtag-famous, pan-banging ripple technique. In addition to the famous chocolate chip …read more
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