Five New Cookbooks from Boston Chefs

Sauté, chop, bake, and braise this fall with these new tomes from the area’s top toques.

It’s Fall Cookbooks Week here on The Feed! Check back daily for bonus recipes and the stories behind this season’s top new releases below.


Photograph by Julia Hopkins

— Erin Gardner —

Erin Bakes Cake

This choose-your-own-adventure-style manual makes creating gorgeous cakes seem almost as easy as picking one up at the store. It’s no wonder Gardner, a former pastry chef at Locke-Ober, won Food Network’s Sweet Genius in 2012. $27.50, Rodale.

MORE: Up your cake-baking game with tips from Gardner, and whip up a chocolate birthday cake recipe from the book.

— Joanne Chang with Karen Akunowicz —

Myers + Chang at Home

Joanne Chang spills the secrets behind dishes—including cult favorites like her pork-and-chive dumplings—from the Asian bistro she runs with her husband, Christopher Myers, and chef Karen Akunowicz. $32, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

MORE: Read an interview with Chang and Akunowicz, and try making two dishes from the book (salmon and eggplant).

— Matt Jennings —


In his debut cookbook, Townsman’s Matt Jennings offers chef-y riffs on seasonal New England fare, from lobster rolls with tobiko roe to rhubarb-and-strawberry crisp with pork-fat crumble, plus stories and helpful tips. Out October 17, $35, Artisan.

MORE: Jennings talks more about Homegrown and health, and shares two perfect recipes for Labor Day.

— Christopher Kimball —

Milk Street

The first cookbook from Christopher Kimball’s new Boston-based food-media company features a vibrant global grab bag of flavors and methods, made accessible for the home cook through more than 125 thoughtful recipes. $40, Little, Brown.

MORE: Kimball talks about his new cookbook and shares a tahini brownie recipe.

— Kristen Kish —

Kristen Kish Cooking

The Menton alum and Top Chef champ shares refined, technique-driven dishes (think octopus with chorizo purée), punched up with personal anecdotes that’ll make you feel like you’re in culinary school with Kish by your side. Out October 31, $40, Clarkson Potter.