Best Fall Cookbooks

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So. Let me paint you a picture. A few weeks back when I should have been making pretty things for my wedding and baking cookies to put into gift bags for our guests, I decided I should check out Amazon and see what kind of cookbooks were due to come out this fall. Little did I know that I basically added every other book to my shopping cart and spent 2 hours reading about the fabulous cooks that are publishing books in the next few months.

I’m jazzed to say the least. Now that the wedding planning is over, and I can eat whatever I want again because I don’t need to fit into my dress, I’m so excited to get back into the kitchen and cook up a storm!

So, here’s the deal. I picked my 10 most favorite titles that are due out this fall. Some of them were just released, and others are coming out in the next month or so. And I love each and every one of them. And can’t wait to get my hands on them too! And I feel like you should have them too. So let’s do a little giveaway shall we? Just peruse the books that are below, and pick your most favorite one or the one that looks the most like you, leave a comment telling me which cookbook is totally your jam and when I get back from my honeymoon on September 10th, I’ll pick 3 winners and mail ya the books of your choice!!

Sound good?

Okay go!

Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook

Here’s the deal. I love Aida. She is one heck of an amazing person and a dear dear friend of mine. So you should totally have her book. Not to mention her recipes are spot on and I’m not just saying that. I was cooking her recipes way before we were friends. And I trust her recipes to a T!

Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord

Have a family? Look no further. Catherine, another wonderful friend of mine, has got ya covered! Her recipes will please even the pickiest eater and turn them into an adventurous one! Plus she’s gorgeous. So it’s another must have!

Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Don’t mind me while I disappear into this book for the next 3 months. It’s another gorgeous book with to die for recipes! With 3 generations of recipes going into this book, it’s sure to be a winner in your kitchen!

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

I’m obsessed with Yotam. I’m pretty sure if we met in real life we would be great friends. I mean, I love all of his food, so I would just assume that we’d be friends in real life too. Don’t ya think? 🙂 His last cookbook, Plenty, was the inspiration behind so many of my pre-wedding meals. His food is clean, healthy and always flavorful! I can’t wait to dig into his latest!

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

Based on one of my all time favorite blogs, this cookbook dives into the whole grains, whole foods and whole lotta vegetables. Plus the photography is breathtaking!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

I mean, who doesn’t know Deb and her fab recipes!! I can’t wait to get this one into my hot little hands and start cooking and baking up a storm a la Deb!

Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico

I think I was meant to spend half of the year in Mexico. I’m just obsessed with Mexican cuisine. (I mean, guacamole in particular – but I love everything else too!) This cookbook, by Hugo Ortega just screamed my name when I came across it on Amazon. I think a street food adventure in Mexico sounds like something I was meant to do!

True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure

Have you guys ever been to True Food Kitchen? It’s one of my favorite restaurants here in Santa Monica. Want to know why? Because the food is fabulous and you actually leave feeling good! You’re not weighed down in greasy foods or stuffed to the brim with oversized portions. It’s just perfect. And this book is going to fit perfectly in my kitchen.

The Picky Palate Cookbook

Have you guys had those life changing oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies? Well, those are the genius brainchild of my friend Jenny Flake!! And she’s got a new book to go along with her fabulous blog! Jenny’s recipes are fun, playful, delicious and totally good for families! And the photos are gorgeous. Especially because my BFFs, Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson did the photography and food styling! I worked on set as a food styling assistant too… and let me tell ya, I taste tested each recipe after it came from from it’s beauty shot. Soooo good!

Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

And last, but certainly not least, let’s end with something super sweet from my girl Shauna, she’s a total doll! 🙂 With recipes like Honey-Vanilla Granola Clusters, Vanilla Sea Salt Caramels, and Vanilla Mojitos, I think this is going to fit perfectly into my cookbook collection!

And there you have it. 10 cookbooks. 10 awesome cookbook authors. And a whole lotta new recipes for your Fall season! So what do you think? Which one stands out the most? Leave your thoughts below and I’ll pick winners once I’m back from soaking up every ounce of sun Mexico has to offer!!

p.s. if the book you pick is not yet released…. I’ll have it shipped out to you the second it is up for sale!!!

**Update** This contest is now closed. Winners please email me at [email protected] so we can order your books and have them delivered as soon as they come out!!!

And the winners are……

Linda “I’d love Weelicious. My formerly adventurous toddler is becoming a picky preschooler! I’d love some more ideas for dinner.”

Eryn “What a tough pick, those all look amazing. I’d love Muy Bueno for the Mexican side of my family & Jerusalem: A Cookbook for the Israeli side of my family! You should then come over for a potluck, our food is amazing. ;) Congratulations on your wedding. I will give you the advice that was given to me on my wedding day, by my favorite aunt: Love each other deeply. Even when it’s difficult, just love each other deeply. It will carry you through anything that comes your way.”

Ashley @ Wishes for Dishes “I would love Picky Palate cookbook! I am a picky eater, after all :)


  1. All these books look great, but the one I would most like to WIN is Jerusalem. I know I will buy The Smitten Kitchen to support Deb, but Jerusalem would be an extravagance for me to buy in spite of the fact that I have the other two Ottolenghi books and adore them

  2. Oooh I would lurve The Picky Palate cookbook! I have such a huge sweet tooth and just the cover of that book makes me hungry!

  3. Pure vanilla looks so yummy! I am late to the vanilla bean band wagon, but now that i am on, i am embracing them wholeheartedly!!

  4. hmmm. they all look good–and the smitten kitchen one is currently sitting in my amazon cart–but i think i have to say jerusalem. i’m intrigued. and love yotam.

  5. Jerusalem The Cookbook, if its anything like Plenty I just know I will love!!! I drool. I daydream. I salivate over cookbooks.

  6. I would LOVE Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook. I love to cook and love recipes. I want to get better at creating dishes 🙂

  7. I am looking forward to Smitten Kitchen, Picky Palate and one that isn’t listed here – the new Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa book. I just adore her recipes. They are easy to make and so impressive to look at.

    Enjoy your honeymoon! Congratulations.

  8. I lovelovelove Picky Palate! Jenny’s recipes are so amazing and it inspires me that she’s just an average mom that has a way above average kind of humor and creativity. I would love the Picky Palate cookbook!

  9. Wow! This is hard because they all look amazing but if I had to pick one I would start out with Aida Mollenkamps…looks the most versatile!

  10. Oh, I want “Jerusalem”!!!! One of my favorite places in the whole world, with some seriously good food…would love to be able to recreate some of it at home.

  11. I would love the Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor…it sounds great….three generations of cooking!

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