Lots of books come across my desk. Stories of survival. Manuals on “manly” activities. Hunting novels. Fishing memoirs. You get the picture. I get a lot of books. The ones I enjoy receiving most, though, are cookbooks. I’m not a very inventive cook. If I don’t have a recipe in front of me, I’m lost as far as ingredient quantities or cooking times. I need instructions. And I just love the character cookbooks acquire over time—with dog-eared recipes and stain-splattered pages—and how they look on a bookshelf.
The truth, though, is that most of the cookbooks I get aren’t exactly bookshelf material. Either the recipes don’t jump out at me or the photos aren’t appetizing or the book just doesn’t feel special enough to sit on a bookshelf. But in the last couple months, four great books have landed on my desk.
If you’re looking for some new recipes for your fall harvests, you’d be doing your family table proud by purchasing any of the books that follow. And, in case you’d like to test-drive them first, I’ve included a recipe from each. Enjoy.