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Key trends this Fall for the perfect cookbook

There is no doubt that as our lives get busier and busier, more people are looking for simpler dishes, and the trend for simple but tasty food is one that is here to stay.  However,  one of the key trends over the past few seasons  is that we are also more interested in the stories behind the dishes on our plates – stories seem to be now as important as recipes. We don’t just want to know who cooked it and how it was cooked, but where the food on our plate comes from: how it was grown, where it was grown and most interestingly who grew it. If you are at all interested in storytelling and this kind of story then you are in for a treat this season.  You can start with the Art of the Simple Food II by Alice Waters, the famed chef from Chez Panisse; One Good Dish by David Tannin and the brand new offerings from Nigel SlaterNotes from the Larder.  All three offer simple, home style food, with lots of professional tips but most importantly with great stories that will take you from the garden to the kitchen to the dining table. For years we have also been in love with celebrity chefs and celebrity restaurants, and although that love is still vibrant, it has undergone a bit of a metamorphosis. We are now not just in love with the unflappable chef who makes everything look simple and totally professionals, but now their brilliance and innovative techniques need to display the sensibilities of home cooking. The current and undisputed hero of this trend is Yotam Ottolenghi.  You cannot go wrong with any of his cookbooks. The other great cookbooks in this category are The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook and Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food. Lastly, we can never have enough of family-food friendly cookbooks with easily accessible ingredients and seasonal menus. These cookbooks definitely appeal to families with children and anyone who wants to eat well on a budget or who is limited for time but is committed to healthy, and delicious meals.   We recommend The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Moosewood Restaurant Favorites and Giada’s Feel Good Food. Please check out our complete bookshelf of Best Cookbooks of 2013