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In the kitchen: Our fall cookbook roundup

If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt survived election day. Congratulations. And maybe, just maybe, you’re ready to move onto something else — anything, really — to take your mind off of this unforgettable election year. Might we suggest leafing through a new cookbook?

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a new cookbook, the vivid photographs, the feel of crisp new paper between your fingers, the recipes a treasure trove of possibilities. This has been a particularly good year for new cookbooks, and we check out over two dozen of our favorites. Whether you’re thinking planning holiday menus, or thinking holiday gifts — for others or yourself — we have tempting suggestions.

— Noelle Carter

FALL 2016 COOKBOOKS

Ina Garten. Mark Bittman. Nancy Silverton. Alton Brown. Jessica Koslow. The list goes on. 2016 has been an excellent year for cookbooks — this fall especially — and so many of our favorite cooking authorities are coming out with new works. Food editor Amy Scattergood reviews 27 new favorites, and contributor and "Good Food” radio host Evan Kleiman takes a look at the recent crop of cookbooks devoted to Persian, Turkish and Uzbek cuisine. Finally, we take a look at the current state of the cookbook industry.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN DISHES ON HIS ‘APPETITES’

It’s been more than 10 years since Anthony Bourdain has written a cookbook, but the chef, author and television host is finally out with a new recipe-laden book, “Appetites.” In it, the author shares his version of family life, including favorite recipes he likes to make at home (yes, you will want to make his lasagna recipe). Deputy Food editor caught up with Bourdain to chat about the book, how much he loathes the club sandwich, and the, well, inspiration behind all of the interesting photography.

INSIDE DORIE GREENSPAN’S COOKIE WORLD

To fans, Dorie Greenspan is a patron saint of the baking and pastry world. The author of multi James Beard-award winning cookbooks is back, just in time for the holidays, with a new book on cookies. “Dorie’s Cookies” contains more than 170 recipes for both sweet and savory cookies. Contributor Margy Rochlin checks in with Greenspan to chat cookies, baking, and offer words of advice for first-time bakers.

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE SWEET POTATOES NOW IN SEASON

What's the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? (Hint: Most "yams" you buy are sweet potatoes.) Native to the Americas, sweet potatoes come in many varieties, ranging from pale tubers to the dark-skinned orange varieties often mistakenly called “yams.” We share cooking tips along with some of our favorite recipes.

HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM? IT’S EASY. CHECK OUT THESE TIPS:

Our cookie bake-off returns: Have you submitted your favorite recipe yet? Entries are now open for our sixth Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Now is the time to put your best up against the rest.

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