Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

With holiday feast days, the opening of farmers markets, and longed-for seasonal favorites finally showing up in stores, spring is an excellent time to reevaluate cookbook collections. While fall remains the focus of the genre, there are plenty of great new books coming out now with which to refresh the stacks. Here’s a sampling.

  • Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark; saltfatacid.jpg42117photos by Eric Wolfinger (Clarkson Potter: Crown).
    Clark is a staff writer for the New York Times, where she contributes a food column and stars in teaching videos. Here she brings her accessible expertise of getting dinner on the table with a range of ideas based on a single main ingredient—from chicken to tofu.
  • In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by Deborah Madison (Ten Speed: Crown).
    A living legend when it comes to vegetarian cooking, Madison offers up 100 favorite recipes, creating a collection of back-pocket dishes that can become the core of any home cook’s repertoire.
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat; illus. by Wendy MacNaughton (S. & S.).
    Nosrat, who writes as well as she cooks, delivers one of the buzziest books of the season. Enhanced by an abundance of illustrations, this guide walks readers through the cooking fundamentals and demonstrates how to create flavor.
  • Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt (Lorena Jones: Ten Speed).
    Another top spring release, by the cofounder of the eponymous bakery Tartine, is this all-round cookbook that features recipes of everything from breakfast to dessert. The basic how-to handily mixes in gluten-free choices.
  • My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes To Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen with Dozens of Variations by Patricia Wells (Morrow).
    This new offering from James Beard Award winner Wells is a strong contender for the season’s choice cookbook. Illustrating her teaching skills, this volume covers key techniques accompanied by recipes that put each method into practice.
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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 Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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