6 October Cookbooks We Love

These will be your new kitchen companions.


Dining In by Alison Roman


With the holidays approaching, no-stress hosting is just what we’re after—and with this book in our kitchens, we’re one step ahead. Roman’s “highly cookable” recipes, as she refers to them, prove that easy, no-fuss dishes don’t have to lack flavor or ingenuity. A quick flip through the book will have you desperate to get cooking—think Fried Eggplant With Harissa and Dill to Anchovy-Butter Chicken With Chicken Fat Croutons (!!). Roman wins the award for most creative fruit salads, too—and don’t miss the Savory Breakfasts chapter.

To buy: $19, amazon.com.

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Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone


This stunning cookbook, organized by season, is the first from Athena Calderone, former interior designer and creator of the blog Eyeswoon. Calderone is “guided by aesthetics,” an approach that becomes obvious upon first glance at her recipes and tips for table setting. Mediterranean flavors dominate, as do her “holy trinity” of ingredients: lemon, chile, and fresh herbs. Her Meyer Lemon Ricotta Toasts With Blistered Grapes might just become your new go-to appetizer.

To buy: $22, amazon.com.

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Bringing it Home by Gail Simmons


Between traveling internationally with her family as a child and visiting new cities stateside on Top Chef, Gail Simmons has no shortage of inspiration to bring into her kitchen. And that’s exactly what this book celebrates: accessible, flavor-packed recipes with a personal story behind each one—from Fully Loaded Matzo Ball Soup, a riff on her Grandma Snazzy's specialty, to a Vietnamese Omelet With Shrimp, inspired by one eaten on her honeymoon. Take time to read the section “Chef Lessons Worth Bringing Home,” as well as the snippets of practical kitchen wisdom that accompany each recipe.

To buy: $18, amazon.com.

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Beloved for his savory cookbooks such as Jerusalem and Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi is re-visiting his sweet side (he began his career as a pastry chef) with Sweet. Ottolenghi and co-author Helen Goh have created a one-stop shop for every type of dessert—though these are more suited for an afternoon project than a last-minute bake sale. The payoff is well worth it, as you’ll see in everything from the Little Baked Chocolate Tarts With Tahini and Sesame Brittle (perfect for hosting company) to the Soft Gingerbraed Tiles With Rum Butter Glaze (bookmark for cookie swaps).

To buy: $22, amazon.com.

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The Dinner Plan by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion


This book is designed for anyone who struggles to get dinner on the table—and, let’s admit it, that’s pretty much all of us. Inside you'll find a list of gadgets for greater kitchen efficiency, as well as cooking tips accompanying every recipe. Each dish is marked with helpful labels: extra fast, pantry, one-dish, make-ahead, etc. Our first stops? The recipes that have as few as five ingredients, such as the mouthwatering Spaghetti With Garlic and Oil.

To buy: $19, amazon.com

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Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless


A well-seasoned sheet pan is the key to a number of delicious dinners—but often one-pan meals begin and end with meat or seafood (chicken thighs, flank steak, shrimp, etc). This cookbook introduces creative vegetarian versions, from Creamy Carrot Polenta With Winter Squash Ragu to Slab Quiche With Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onions. Delicious dinners, fewer dishes: what’s not to love?

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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