Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons, not the least of which is the happy knowledge that the holidays, in all their baking-imbued glory, are just around the corner.
But another reason that I enjoy this time of year is is that Autumn means cookbook season.
While I maintain a steady diet of new cookbooks throughout the year, the Fall is what amounts to the cookbook harvest in the publishing world. It’s a key part of the publishing cycle as cookbooks position themselves to make their way onto Christmas wishlists.
Not that I have any claims to sainthood, here. As mentioned previously, I’m building my Christmas cookbook wishlist 365 days a year.
Still, though, this time of year always brings with it the anticipation of so many new cookbooks and so many new opportunities to bake and cook.
After receiving copies of One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts by Yvonne Ruperti and Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan, I think I can safely say these are at least two books you can add to any wishlist.
Food in Jars is a lovely guide to some resourceful and delicious ways to preserve all those wonderful fruits and vegetables available in the summer and fall.
The book is graceful and undaunting so that you don’t feel like you’ll end up with 500 jars of pickled something-or-other that you’ll never be able to finish. Rather, the book is divided into chapters that focus on unique preserves like fruit butters.
I loved this book. I tried a number of recipes but the one that won my heart was a recipe for peach butter.
We enjoyed it by the spoonful, especially slathered on some homemade croissants. Sigh.
One Bowl Baking is a book I also enjoyed. The cookbook is based on baking recipes and instructions that allow you to bake all sorts of treats using a minimal amount of equipment (i.e., one bowl!).
It’s a dressed-down baking book that aims to present some really solid baking options in a way that seasoned bakers will enjoy and that new bakers won’t find intimidating.
It was a sweet book with some delicious recipes, including the Coconut Bundt Cake that I tried and loved.
I hope you embrace the Autumn, and the delicious load of cookbooks that comes with it!