Booked Solid

August 30, 2015
By: Lauren Salkeld

The kids may dread going back to school, but we're more than a little excited to hit the books—the cookbooks, that is.

Fall brings a wealth of new releases, including the latest from chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Jacques Pépin; technique-driven books from Mark Bittman and Alice Waters; debut works from Dale Talde, Alex Stupak and The Dead Rabbit team; and a slew of titles that makes us want to book a trip to Mexico, stat.

Here are the 18 cookbooks we can't wait to take to the kitchen.

Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes, by John Besh (Andrews McMeel Publishing, September 29, $25)
NOLA icon John Besh's fourth cookbook is more practical than any of his previous volumes. There's plenty of New Orleans flavor, but Besh wrote this book less as a James Beard Award-winning chef with a dozen restaurants to his name and more as a busy dad eager to serve his family the kind of delicious, soulful food he was raised on (think hearty, one-pot dishes like Chicken and Sausage Gumbo). Throughout, Besh shares memories of a lifetime living and eating in New Orleans, plus snapshots of his favorite local spots.