10 New Food Books We Can’t Wait to Devour

10 New Food Books We Can’t Wait to Devour

With these upcoming food books starring Marcus Samuelsson, Lucky Peach and even Morrissey, our nightstand runneth over.

By Tamara Palmer

Good news for those of us who stockpile cookbooks—even if we're not always actually cooking with them: 2016 is packed with a full roster of culinary memoirs, cookbooks and assorted food-related volumes that are going to be well worth collecting. The bad news is, we'll have to wait a few months to read some of the most intriguing titles, but that at least allows ample time to build a great birthday wish-list, no? Here’s a headstart:

The Wurst of Lucky Peach: A Treasury of Encased Meat 

A cookbook from the makers of the brilliant food magazine Lucky Peach is described as a scrapbook that collects sausage-centric recipes and stories from around the world. You had us at chorizo. (Pub date: April 5)


The second book from Top Chef Masters alum Floyd Cardoz comes a decade after his debut and focuses on how to build next-level flavor out of simple ingredients by mastering the technique of cooking with spices. (Pub date: April 5)

Food Trucks! A Lift-the-Flap Meal on Wheels 

You know the food truck trend has reached peak saturation when a children’s book on the subject comes out, but we’ve got to admit: This book looks super cute. Why not start 'em young? (Pub date: May 24)

Num Pang: Bold Recipes from New York City’s Favorite Sandwich Shop

Num Pang operates several NYC sandwich shops that have gotten the city hooked on juicy Cambodian sandwiches, which are similar to Vietnamese banh mi and have a wide variety of fillings. This book reveals secrets behind Num Pang's staples as well as other accompanying dishes inspired by Southeast Asian cuisines. (Pub date: May 17)

Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China 

Eddie Huang’s first memoir Fresh Off the Boat inspired the ABC sitcom of the same name, and here he’s breaking down more borders by returning to China to explore the depths of his cooking chops as well as his connection to his homeland, all with an inimitable wit. (Pub date: May 31)

Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things

Popular blogger and author Hank Shaw follows his Duck, Duck, Goose cookbook with an exclusive focus on antlered animals, aka wild game. Just in case you need to know how to butcher your own venison. (Pub date: September 1)

The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Good Food and Hustle in Harlem

Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson showcases his Harlem restaurant with an international array of comforting soul food recipes, from American chicken-and-waffles to Ethiopian spice-crusted lamb. (Pub date: October 4)

Work Clean: The Life-Changing Power of Mise-en-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind 


Celebrated chefs like Jacques Pepin, Eric Ripert and Thomas Keller star in this in-depth look at how people can lead a more ordered life both in and out of the kitchen by looking at what’s known as mise en place, or the organizational systems chefs use for cooking. The title reminds us of a certain little book by a Japanese author who has achieved world domination. Will this book have the same magical effect? (Pub date: May 3)

Defensive Eating with Morrissey and Comfort Eating with Nick Cave 


These two vegan cookbooks by authors Automne Zingg and Joshua Ploeg pay unofficial tribute to cruelty-free rock stars Morrissey and Nick Cave with easy plant-based recipes, and provide further proof that food is the new music. (Pub date: October 11)








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