Cookbook Countdown Kickoff | Wyatt’s World

Back again for 2016 is the great Fall Cookbook Countdown leading to Thanksgiving. For the next three weeks we’ll spotlight a different group of five cookbooks while presenting various themes and ways of highlighting your collection. The kickoff begins with celebrity offerings.

  • Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain & seasonedlife-jpg102816Laurie Woolever (Ecco: HarperCollins).
    It’s hard to imagine how anyone could be more of a food celebrity than bad boy Bourdain. He broke big with the now iconic Kitchen Confidential and has gone on to host CNN’s profane and compelling Parts Unknown; he also oversees his own foodie imprint. Here, in his first cookbook in over ten years, he offers some of his favorite dishes.
  • Alton Brown: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown (Ballantine).
    Food Network fans first went crazy over Brown for his addictive and instructive show Good Eats. He has since gone on to become something of the Dick Clark of the foodie network, hosting other fan-favorite programs. In his most recent cookbook, arranged by time of day and delivering twists on standard (and not so standard) recipes, he also demonstrates his affinity for iPhone photography.
  • The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well by Ayesha Curry (Little, Brown).
    Social media sensation Curry pulls in fans via YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram and is quickly joining the ranks of famous foodies such as Gwyneth Paltrow. Curry’s debut cookbook focuses on family-based recipes, easy cooking designed so everyone can lend a hand. Adding to her scope, she just launched Food Network’s Ayesha’s Homemade.
  • Cooking School: Mastering Classic and Modern French Cuisine by Alain Ducasse (Rizzoli).
    A certified celebrity in the culinary world, Ducasse is a revered Michelin-starred French chef. His cookbook introduces a complete how-to guide, based on his famous Paris cooking school. As always with a Rizzoli publication, expect lavish images and high style.
  • The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson (Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt).
    Samuelsson has written one hit after another, winning a James Beard Award along the way. He is also a frequent guest on food-oriented shows including the new series Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse. His latest restaurant cookbook is an ode to Harlem, detailing his eatery’s best creations.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at