May 1, 2006

Forecasting: April 2006

Marie Simmons with culinary retailer Sur La Table's INGREDIENTS AND IMPLEMENTS: Recipes from Around the World and Demystifying the Tools Used to Cook Them, for publication in spring 2008; and Cindy Mushet with Sur La Table's THE SUR LA TABLE BAKING BOOK, for publication in fall 2008, to Andrews McMeel

West Coast chef and restaurateur Isabel Cruz's untitled Latin Cookbook, healthy Latin-inspired recipes inspired by her Cantina Panaderia and Seaside Cantina in San Diego, Coffee Cup in La Jolla, and Dragonfly in Ashland, to Clarkson Potter

Cheese Primer author Steve Jenkins' THE FAIRWAY MARKET COOKBOOK, to Ecco

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April 3, 2006

Forecasting: March 2006

A few new culinary books on the horizon, though apparently March was a quiet sort of month.

Rudolph Chelminski's I'll Drink to That, exploring the history of the winemaking process in the Beaujolais region of France, which will be published by Gotham (Penguin Group). Chelminski also has published (in May of last year) a book titled The Perfectionist, Life and Death in Haute Cuisine, the story of Bernard Loiseau, the chef of France's La Cote D'Or, who committed suicide in 2003.

Viking Cooking School Executive Chef Martha Foose's Screen Doors and Linen Tablecloths, a Southern cookbook with classic recipes as well as riffs on deep South staples, to be published by Clarkson Potter (Random House).

Jean Georges Executive Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini and Roy Finamore's Dessert Fourplay, a dessert cookbook, to Clarkson Potter. I had possibly the best meal of my entire life at Jean Georges and if this chef was responsible for the dessert, this may well be a cookbook worth having. Roy Finamore is also one of the writers behind One Potato, Two Potato.

Julie Hasson's Julie Hasson: The Complete Pie Book, more than 250 pie recipes covering everything from apple pie to quiche lorraine, to Robert Rose (Firefly Books).

Hell's Kitchen contestant Elsie Ramos with Arlen Gargagliano's Elsie's Turkey Tacos and Chicken Soup, offering simple, comforting recipes for the whole family, to Wiley Publishers.

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March 1, 2006

Forecasting: February 2006

Some more new culinary books on the distant horizon....

Photographer Melanie Dunea's MY LAST SUPPER, a collection of portraits of fifty world class chefs - including Eric Ripert, Mario Batali, and Marcus Samuelsson - with descriptions and recipes for the meal they would have if they could have only one more, with an Introduction by Anthony Bourdain, to Bloomsbury.

Author of Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors Lizzie Collingham's book on the history of food in WWII, to the Penguin Press and Penguin UK.

Chef Noel Stein's RESTAURANTEUR, about the inner workings of the restaurant industry, including descriptions of a kitchen's hierarchy and the diva antics of celebrity chefs, to Barricade, for publication in fall 2006.

THE NANTUCKET TABLE author Susan Simon's LA CUCINA LOMBARDA, of Italy's Lombardia region, with four-color photography throughout, to DK Publishing.

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February 1, 2006

Forecasting: January 2006

Keeping track of forthcoming culinary and related books....

Chef and restaurateur Cecilia Chiang with Lisa Weiss's CECILIA CHIANG: Recipes and Reminiscences, a collection of stories and recipes from the chef whose Mandarin restaurant was the first in San Francisco to serve the authentic flavors of the Beijing-Shandong and Sichuan-Hunan regions, to Ten Speed.

Author of Making of a Chef and Soul of a Chef (and co-author of the French Laundry Cookbook) Michael Ruhlman's book covering every aspect of food and cooking in dictionary format, to Scribner.

Madeline Scherb's A TASTE OF HEAVEN: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Nuns and Monks, about the divine candies, cheeses, liquors, beers, breads and other comestibles created by nuns and monks in America and Europe, to Tarcher.

James Beard Award winner, Time magazine columnist, and Food and Wine Magazine award winner for her blog Veritas in Vino Alice Feiring's THE BATTLE FOR WINE AND LOVE (OR HOW I SAVED THE WORLD FROM PARKERIZATION), a chronicle of the author's crusade against wine critic Robert Parker's palate and her search for real wines around the world, from the last riojas in Spain to true champagne, to Harcourt.

JUDGMENT OF PARIS author George Taber's CORK: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, examining the controversy in the wine world as screw-top bottles are becoming more common and threatening a billion dollar business that dates back to the Roman Empire, to Scribner, for publication in October 2007.

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January 1, 2006

Forecasting: December 2005

Happy New Year. May your cookbook collections grow and your culinary experiments delight. Here's some things to keep an eye out for that were listed as sold via various sources during the last month....

Kara Zuaro's I LIKE FOOD, FOOD TASTES GOOD: An Indie Rock Cookbook, recipes and related musings from indie rock groups including Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Belle & Sebastian, to Hyperion.

Kelly Alexander and Cindy Harris's HOMETOWN APPETITES: The Life, Legacy, and Recipes of Clementine Paddleford, part biography, part cookbook, based on a James Beard Award-winning Saveur feature story about pioneer food writer Clementine Paddleford, who defined American cuisine by writing about what ordinary Americans were cooking at a time when most food writers were looking to European traditions, to Gotham.

Diane Morgan's THE DAILY GRILL: 150 Fast-Track Recipes for Weeknights at the Grill, making for no pots and pans to clean up and delicious weeknight grilling recipes ready in 40 minutes or less, to Chronicle.

Carlyn Berghoff and Jan Berghoff, with writer Nancy Ross Ryan's THE BERGHOFF FAMILY COOKBOOK: From Our Table to Yours, Celebrating a Century of Entertaining, sharing over 170 recipes from the oldest, single-family owned restaurant in the country (founded in 1898), to Andrews McMeel.

Notes: I am very tempted by the Indie Rock Cookbook, though I have a sneaking suspicion that my more recent musical choices are even more indie than those featured. And I have no idea what sorts of recipes to expect, though if it follows the song it will be: "Juicy burgers, greasy fries, turkey legs and raw fish eyes..."

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November 30, 2005

Forecasting: November 2005

Culinary books reported as sold to publishers during the month of November:

TVFN star Paula Deen's forthcoming inspirational memoir, and a second book for the 2006 Christmas season, to be published by Simon & Schuster.

Not on Love Alone author Jessie Carry Saunders's next newlywed cookbook, to Avalon.

Andrews McMeel will publish a reprint of James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame author Maida Heatter's MAIDA HEATTER'S BOOK OF GREAT CHOCOLATE DESSERTS.

Former chef of Angelica Kitchen and author of The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen and Fresh Food Fast Peter Berley's THE FLEXIBLE KITCHEN: Flavorful Menus for Vegetarians and Omnivores to Share, written with Zoe Singer, embracing the idea of "flexatarianism," to Houghton Mifflin.

Laurence Craig's THE INSPIRED TABLE: A Master Caterer Reveals Insider Secrets for Producing Stylish Brunches, Luncheons, Dinners, Cocktail Parties, and Full-blown Fetes, without the necessity of a caterer or event planner, to Bulfinch.

Pastry chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market and "66", Pichet Ong's ASIAN DESSERTS, written with Genevieve Ko and with a foreword by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, introducing the home cook a whole new world of desserts inspired by Asian flavors, to Morrow.

Owner and operator of Shopsin's Kenny Shopsin's EAT ME (The Life and Food of Kenny Shopsin): Stories, Snapshots, Recipes, and Other Brain Matters From Shopsin's, the Greenwich Village Institution, written with Carolynn Carreņo, including Kenny's stories interwoven with 900+ menu recipes, along with art, conversations, and memories, in a good deal, to Knopf.

Proprietor of North Carolina's Foster's Markets Sara Foster's EVERYDAY COOKING: Quick and Delicious Recipes for the Way We Eat Today, with writer Carolynn Carreņo, featuring 100 easy-to-prepare recipes for casual meals, to Clarkson Potter.

Paula Deen's brother and proprietor of Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah Earl "Bubba" Hiers's UNCLE BUBBA'S OYSTER HOUSE COOKBOOK, incorporating family lore and anecdotes throughout, to Simon & Schuster.

Notes to self: The Asian Desserts one sounds very interesting.

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November 12, 2005

Forecasting: October 2005

Culinary-related books that were reported sold to publishers in October. A bit late out of the gate this month -- it's been a busy couple of weeks and I have a backlog of entries to work on....

Author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Contributing Editor for Vogue and Newsweek Julia Reed's BLACK-EYED PEAS, HOSTESS GOWNS, AND OTHER SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes), about Southern life in the kitchen, around the table, and in the dining rooms of the best restaurants, to St. Martin's Press.

Rose Levy Beranbaum's HEAVENLY CAKES, to Wiley.

TOAST: The Story of a Boy's Hunger author Nigel Slater's THE KITCHEN DIARIES, fully illustrated and including more than 300 new seasonal recipes, to Gotham.

Graham Harding's A WINE MISCELLANY, factoids about wine, to Clarkson Potter.

Creator of the SalonTea and BeauTea product lines Tracy Stern (with Christie Matheson)'s PARTEA: DRINK TEA, ENJOY LIFE, CELEBRATE OFTEN, a guide to entertaining with tea, including recipes and ideas for tea parties, to Clarkson Potter.

Chef Efisio Farris's PASSIONE DI SARDINIA: Stories and Recipes from Italy's Timeless Island, an exploration of Sardinia's culinary delights, island history, and landscape, to Rizzoli.

George Geary's THE DESSERT BIBLE, tips, techniques, and troubleshooting for 390 dessert recipes from cookies to cakes, to Robert Rose.

New Orleans food writer and restaurant reviewer Tom Fitzmorris's NEW ORLEANS FOOD, recipes gathered over the past 30 years from leading New Orleans chefs, to Stewart, Tabori & Chang for publication in February 2006.

Chief decorator of Bundles of Cookies Meghan Mountford's SWEET SENSATIONS: Cookie Design for Every Occasion, to Rutledge Hill.

Chef/owner of Cuisines et Traditions du Monde Charlotte Puckette and editor-in-chief of World Media in Paris Olivia Kiang-Snaije's THE ETHNIC PARIS COOKBOOK: Bringing the French Melting Pot into your Kitchen, featuring easy-to-follow recipes selected and adapted from internationally renowned chefs, to Dorling Kindersley.

The Devil's Picnic author Taras Grescoe's BOTTOMFEEDERS: An Ethical Eater's Global Search for Vanishing Seafood, about his nine-month world tour in search of a delicious and humane plate of seafood, to Bloomsbury, for publication in winter 2008.

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October 2, 2005

Forecasting: September 2005

Culinary-related books which sold to publishers in September 2005. Garnered from a variety of sources.

*Bob Skilnik's THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF BEER AND BREWING IN CHICAGO, to Barricade, for publication in Spring 2006.

*Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's MY GRANDMOTHER'S CHINESE KITCHEN: Lessons and Recipes for My Granddaughter, presenting 100 "heirloom" recipes along with family stories about her beloved grandmother, to Perigee, for publication during Chinese New Year 2007.

*Actor Morgan Freeman's MORGAN FREEMAN & FRIENDS: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause, which will benefit the Grenada Relief Fund and feature island recipes from celebrity friends, including Hilary Swank, Tom Hanks, Alicia Keys, and Michael Douglas, to Rodale.

*Dave DeWitt's THE LEONARDO DA VINCI COOKBOOK, a food history with recipes that details the story of Leonardo's career as cook, kitchen innovator, and gourmand, to Broadway. Dave DeWitt's The Spicy Food Lover's Bible : The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Growing, Storing, and Using the Key Ingredients That Give Food Spice with More Than 250 Recipes from Around the World, co-written with Nancy Gerlach was released in May of this year.

*Radio host and cookbook author Lynne Rossetto Kasper, producer Sally Swift and Minnesota Public Radio's THE SPLENDID TABLE GUIDE TO WORK-NIGHT MENUS, a compendium of culinary wisdom culled from Kasper's show, The Splendid Table, to Clarkson Potter. Kasper's earlier book, The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food, published by Morrow in 1992, was a winner of the IACP and James Beard Awards.

*Food writer Adeena Sussman's illustrated history of the post-war boom in mass-produced prepared foods, from Jell-O to boxed baking mixes to TV dinners, to Collector's Press.

*Jane Stern and Michael Stern's AMERICA'S 100 BEST SANDWICHES, serving up favorite sandwiches encountered coast to coast and where to find them, to Houghton Mifflin.

*Walter Staib's BLACK FOREST FUSION: Classic Cuisine from the Heart of Europe, featuring the traditional and eclectic cuisine of Germany's Schwarzwald, to Running Press. This publisher has previously released Staib's City Tavern Cookbook (1999).

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September 1, 2005

Forecasting: August 2005

Culinary books which sold to publishers in August 2005. Garnered from a variety of sources.


New York chef Sara Jenkins's THE ELEMENT OF FLAVOR, 200 sublime recipes that teach how to coax big flavors from simple ingredients, to Houghton Mifflin.

Cat Cora's CAT CORA'S COOKING FROM THE HIP, fast and easy recipes by a Food Network personality and the first female member on American "Iron Chef," to Houghton Mifflin.

Restaurateur of the Michael's restaurants in New York and Santa Monica Michael McCarty's MICHAEL'S COOKBOOK, recipes from the restaurants and anecdotes about entertaining powerful patrons, to Bulfinch.

Chris Warren's FEASTS FROM PARADISO, celebrating Tuscan feasts and harvest in a calendar year, with a running narrative of recreating traditional caves used for cooking and winemaking, to DK.

Dina Cheney's TASTE THIS!: The Complete At-Home Guide to Tasting Parties, to DK.

A.J. Rathbun's PARTY SNACKS!, a humorous 50-recipe cocktail food cookbook and companion to Rathbun's Party Drinks!, to Harvard Common Press.


Julia Child's executive chef and book collaborator Nancy Verde Barr's DIDN'T WE HAVE FUN?: My Years with Julia Child, a fond and humorous appreciation of the culinary maven, to Wiley.

The Editors of Weight Watchers's WEIGHT WATCHERS NEW COMPLETE COOKBOOK: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook's Kitchen, complete with Points, CORE recipes, and nutritional information, to Wiley.

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August 6, 2005

Forecasting: June-July 2005

Culinary-related books that sold to publishers during June-July 2005 (which means most of them will likely be published sometime next year)... I haven't done one of these updates in simply ages which means I'm probably missing things I'd like to add to my collection. Garnered from a variety of sources.


June sales

*Chef, restauranteur, and author of the 1-2-3 cookbook series Rozanne Gold's THE NEW GOLD STANDARD, billed as the "only cookbook you will ever need" with 650 classic recipes, to Bloomsbury. Also, Gold's KIDS COOK 1-2-3, a whimsically illustrated children's cookbook using only three ingredients to the same publisher.

*Wine experts Steven Kolpan, Brian Smith, and Michael Weiss's updated EXPLORING WINE: The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World, Third Edition, plus WINEWISE, for anyone seeking more knowledge of wine, to Wiley.

*Food writer and cookbook author David Joachim's THE SPAGHETTI SAUCE GOURMET, giving home cooks more than 200 recipes using this important staple in, to Fair Winds Press.

*Cookbook author and founder Kate Heyhoe's GREAT BAR FOOD AT HOME: how to prepare classic and contemporary accompaniments for cocktails, wine, and beer, duplicating the no-fuss, carefree-style of the bar, to Wiley.

*Cookbook author Nancie McDermott's SOUTHERN CAKES, time-tested cakes of the American South, to Chronicle.

*Author of Sweets, Patty McAdams' SWEETY PIES: A Collection of Country Pies and Womanish Observations, celebrating the dessert pie as a symbol of comfort, showing how women form meaningful connections through the sharing of recipes, to Taunton.

*Hostess/Interstate Bakeries Corporation's THE TWINKIES COOKBOOK, a compilation of recipes contributed by real people showing the many ways Twinkies can be used in cooking -- both sweet and savory, to Ten Speed Press.

*Chef from Ohio's Mustard Seed Market and Cafe Bev Shaffer's Brownies to Die for!, presenting 210 recipes, to Pelican.

*Susanne Freidberg's FRESH: A Perishable History, a look at the freshness revolution -- the rise of global markets for fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, and how they have radically changed the culture of food over the past century, to Harvard University Press.

*Ian Jackman's 1,000 THINGS TO EAT BEFORE YOU DIE(T), celebrating the lobster roll from a seaside store in Maine, North Carolina pulled pork, breakfast burritos in a Denver diner, and everything in between to Harper.

July sales

*Chef and owner of Prune and author of the 8-week Chef's Column in The New York Times Gabrielle Hamilton's BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER: A French Culinary Education Off the New Jersey Turnpike, which follows Hamilton's unorthodox culinary education, to Penguin.

*Harold McGee's 20th anniversary revised edition of ON FOOD AND COOKING will be translated and published in Japan by Ehime Joshi Tanki Daigaku (which I think is a University Press).

*Seattle-based chef Tom Douglas' third cookbook on seafood specialities and dipping sauces from his several Seattle restaurants, to William Morrow.


For the record, I think the Twinkie one is just wrong. But Ian Jackman's book might be fun to read. And FRESH also sounds intriguing. Nothing here that I'm eager to own. Maybe next month... Need to start building my Christmas list up.

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October 8, 2004

Forecasting: September 2004

Here's a list of deals that went down for cookbooks during September 2004 (garnered from various sources). I don't have publication dates for all of them. Even so, I decided this would be a fun feature to add to my blog - mostly for my own future reference as I build the culinary library, but I'd be glad if others found it useful.

Cookbook Deals from September 2004:

Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt's THE GREAT BOOK OF GREAT DUMPLINGS, filled with dumpling recipes and anecdotes from around the world, to Harper.

Soon to be ex-editor of The Bookseller Nick Clee's DON'T SWEAT THE AUBERGINE: What You Really Need to Know About Cooking, containing advice and explanations that conventional recipe books tend to omit or skim over, to Short Books, for publication in fall 2005.

Mimi Bean and Rebecca Chastenet de Gery's SNAG A MAN MEALS: When You and Your Dish are Really Cooking, a humorous guide to capturing any man's heart through his stomach and his aesthetic sensibilities, to Kensington Books.

Deborah Schneider's BAJA! COOKING ON THE EDGE, focusing on the fresh, simple, delicious seafood-based cooking of Baja California, a cuisine with roots in Mexico, Asia and California, to Rodale.

Dianne Jacob's WILL WRITE FOR FOOD: The Complete Guide to Writing Restaurant Reviews, Cookbooks, Recipes, Stories and More, with insights and tips from the nation's best food writers, such as Molly O'Neill, Colman Andrews, Dana Cowin, Amanda Hesser, Mimi Sheraton, Williams Grimes, Anthony Bourdain and Deborah Madison, to Marlowe.

James Beard and IACP Bert Greene Award-winner, sommelier and wine writer Natalie MacLean's THE CRUSHED GRAPE CLUB, a wine book told through behind-the-scenes stories and insider information about, for example, working at a winery during the fall harvest; trailing a sommelier at a five-star restaurant; the young women who ran the great champagne houses at the turn of the last century; and the journey a bottle of Beaujolais takes from a village in southern Burgundy by plane, ship, train, truck and foot to wine lovers around the world, to Bloomsbury.

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