October 23, 2018

Fall Cookbook List

Fall Cookbooks are always the best cookbooks because I love Fall foods. But, also because the Holidays are right around the corner and you can ask for them as gifts or better yet give them as gifts! I am doing a feature on the Jason Show on Fox 9 on Wednesday, October 24 that features some of my favorite cookbooks right now!

Here is my gift list:

Cravings Hungry For More – Chrissy Teigen

This is going to be the “it” cookbook for the home cooks on your list. Who doesn’t love Chrissy Teigen’s authentic self or at the very least her damn funny Twitter comments? This cookbook will tickle most peoples fun factor. Did I wonder who needs a recipe for Corn Dogs since there is no better corn dog than at the Minnesota State Fair and who is going to attempt to make them at home? No One. The short rib recipe with sweet potato brown butter mash was solid as was the banana bread bundt recipe.

Who Should you buy it for:
Savvy social media folks 40 and under who like to cook while watching Bravo TV.

What to Cook?
Short Ribs
Banana Bundt Bead

Venison – The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen Cookbook -Jon Wipfli


This book came out last year, but I always pull it out in the Fall. I don’t cook venison, but many of these recipes can be made with beef and pork. If you have a deer hunter in your life who brings home venison meat, this is a must-have! The sides in this book are my favorite part of the book.

Who Should you buy it for:
Lumbersexuals in flannel shirts who like to grill and manly men who hunt deer.

What to Cook?
Creamy Kale
Caramelized Cabbage
White Cheddar and Jalapeno Grits
Meatballs with Cherry BBQ sauce

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Samin Norsat

This is part Cookbook part reference book in the Same way that Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” show is part cooking show, part fun with Science. Experienced Cooks to Novices will learn to make food taste better by merely reading this book and understanding the components of what tastes good. From there, watch her put the book in play on her 4-part Netflix series which is excellent.

Who Should you buy it for:
Geeks, nerds, and people who want to build an innate sense of cooking delicious meals without a recipe

What to Cook?
Mayonaise and any of the variations
Chicken – all 13 ways from Spatchcoked to fried.

Comfort in An Instant – Melissa Clark

If you are an Instant Potter, this is the book you are going to want to find under the tree with your pot. This is Melissa Clarks second Instant Pot Cookbook, and she is no slouch. She writes recipes for the New York Times each week, and even she has fallen in love with the Instant Pot!

Who Should you buy it for:
Instant Pot Fanatics both new and old. Members of the WeeklyDish Instant Potters Group on Facebook (all 3800 of you!)

What to Cook?
Braised Lamb Shanks
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Ginger Sesame Glazed Spare Ribs

Tasty Ultimate – How To Cook Basically Anything
If you are obsessed with the Tasty Videos, you see when you are scrolling through your Instagram feed, this is the book for you. Clever recipes, tons of pictures and the food turns out damn good.

Who should you buy it for?
People that don’t cook much, like instruction and lots of pictures that are obsessed with social media videos for cooking like me or … the rest of us that like Stunt Food.

What to Cook?
Show Stopping Beef Wellington
Cocktail Nuts 4 ways
Chicken Parm Bites
Chili Dog Skillet

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book – Lee Svitka Dean and Rick Nelson

These are the award-winning cookies from the Star Tribune’s annual Holiday Cookie Contest. All of these cookies are literal winners, and this book should be on every Minnesotan’s shelf.

Who should you buy it for?
All the Bakers in your life who have nostalgia for Minnesota Cookies or members of your Cookie Exchange that need to up their game.

What Should you Cook:
Chocolate Decadence Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese
Cappuccino Flats