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Fall Cookbooks 2015

As we move from the hot days of summer to the cool and crisp nights of fall, we begin to shake off the light fare we've been consuming as of late (think: stone fruits, mid-day ice cream treats, freshly grilled corn) and look towards the cozier comfort foods (think: soups, stews, casseroles) to bulk us up in preparation for winter hibernation. This is probably felt most strongly in the Northeast region of America where the changing color of the leaves and the onslaught of sweater-weather wear are the true marks of transition.

Another notable part of this changeover is the new crop --- pumpkins, apples, 13 different kinds of squash --- that make the greenmarkets and foodstores overflow with hearty produce. Even though this season is one of the shortest, the homecooks and chefs alike find ways to use its extraordinary harvest for as long as possible. It's no secret that pumpkin everything fills up the stores and clogs the menus from early September to late November, but who's complaining? We sure aren't!

Just like any other publishing season, there's no shortage of restaurant and celebrity chef cookbooks in this roundup. Now, we can have GJELINA's (the famous casual, cool and convenient little restaurant in Venice, CA) rustic dishes in our own homes. And the very popular Yotam Ottolenghi of the wildly successful PLENTY, PLENTY MORE and JERUSALEM cookbooks has NOPI: The Cookbook, a comprehensive collection of some of the finest recipes from his finest restaurant of the same name. Of course, no season would be complete without a touch of Bobby Flay's renowned flavors. This time around, he gives us BRUNCH AT BOBBY'S, which is all about delectable twists on classic plates for one of the most coveted meals of the week.

There are a few cookbook newcomers like THE VIOLET BAKERY COOKBOOK, which hails from the tiny, California-inspired bakery nestled in the London suburbs (I've been and it's incredible!), and LUCKY PEACH PRESENTS 101 EASY ASIAN RECIPES, which is the first true hardcover from the editors at David Chang's food publication, Lucky Peach. Of course, with these rookies in tow, there's also the staples that deliver time and time again. MARTHA STEWART'S APPETIZERS is the perfect guide-to-entertain, and Nigella Lawson is our everyday-cooking companion, giving it to us honestly and directly in her latest, SIMPLY NIGELLA: Feel Good Food.

Whether you're already clipping, highlighting and test-running recipes for the holidays or you're just getting accustomed to your autumn palate, we know you are bound to love the recipes, tips and tricks contained within these pages. It might be overplayed to take in all-things-pumpkin-spice, or it might be just what the food doctor ordered. In any case, we know you'll happily enjoy and feast well during the best season of the year.

Curated by Nicole Sherman