As we fall into autumn and inklings of the festive season ahead draw ever closer, the publishing world gears up for what's to come with a slew of new releases, from cookbooks and culinary memoirs to drinks-related titles and hospitality tomes. Whether you want to uncover the underbelly of Paris's dining scene, understand how "unreasonable" hospitality can set restaurants apart, journey through the plant-based cuisines of the Middle East, Nepal and China and bake without butter or eggs or milk, or up your skills in cooking with spice, all this and more awaits in the pages of our selection of the best autumn food and drink books.
1. Modern Asian Baking at Home by Kat Lieu
Firm favourites from the pastry kitchens of Asia, both sweet and savoury, come together in this cookbook from the Subtle Asian Baking community, which was founded by blogger Kat Lieu in 2020. Recipes for mochi made in the microwave, fluffy Japanese pancakes, flaky scallion pancakes and pillowy milk bread are beautifully presented within its pages, while familiar baked treats with Asian twists complement the offering, making use of classic Asian ingredients from pandan and matcha to miso and soy sauce. Think miso-mochi brownies, lemony matcha macaroons and gochujang flourless chocolate cake. There's a customisable snowskin mooncake recipe too, and even a recipe for homemade boba.