International Flavors | Wyatt’s World

The Cookbook Countdown continues with works to inspire a global twist on Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A. by Wesley Avila & Richard Parks III (Ten Speed: Crown).
    Thanksgiving flavors, from sweet potato to pumpkin feature in this street-smart guide to a staple of food truck cuisine. Beyond those, the book offers a range of recipes spanning the familiar to the ambitious, all ready to inspire creative cookery.
  • Rasika: Flavors of India by Ashok Bajaj & others (Ecco: HarperCollins).
    This cookbook highlights one of the country’s top Indian eateries and includes many dishes that would shine on the holiday table. After setting the context for the highly regarded restaurant, the work flows into recipes that are deeply flavorful and approachable.
  • Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey Through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond by Olia Hercules (Weldon Owen).
    Hercules transports readers through the landscapes of the Caucasus offering recipes, stories, and photographs. Many of the meals could become the stars of the seaon’s festivities, such as roasted beats and plums or a plov made with chestnuts, pumpkin, and walnuts.
  • The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis (Phaidon).
    Cardamom seems like a spice that should join cinnamon and nutmeg as a staple of the winter season. Reading Kassis’s accessible, contextual, and wide-ranging guide to the rich and varied cuisine of Palestine convinces that not only should that spice be added to the mix but plenty more should be considered as well.
  • Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales with Deena Prichep (Flatiron: Macmillan).
    This restaurant cookbook from a Portland, OR, establishment highlights the wonders of Russian (writ large) food—from drinks to dumplings. Some holiday possibilities include pumpkin stuffed with lamb pilaf and a barley salad with pears, mushrooms, hazelnuts, and sorrel.
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