Hand-Selected Recipes and Stories Straight to Your Inbox

American Cookie by Anne Byrn

Ranji McMillan

Inside the 'American Cookie' cookbook by Anne Byrn


Five fall cookbooks we can't wait to bring into our kitchens

The fall cookbook season is upon us and we’ve found some truly delightful cookbooks that we can’t wait to add to our bookshelves. Each time we open a new cookbook for the first time, we are blissfully excited about the new recipes we’ll get to try.

There are dozens of great cookbooks released each fall, but we've narrowed our must-have list to just five. (We know, hard work.) They include a classic Southern biscuit recipe from one of our favorite Southern belles, Reese Witherspoon and a sequel of craveable food from model mommy extraordinaire Chrissy Teigen. Get ready to fall in love with these new cookbooks.

'Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie' by Amanda Wilbanks 
Georgia native and the founder of Southern Baked Pie Company, chef Amanda Wilbanks has perfected pies and desserts that exude Southern charm. When she isn’t cooking pie, she’s cooking recipes for her family that have been passed down from generation to generation. Wilbanks couldn’t keep her old-fashioned family recipes to herself, so she decided to create a cookbook with a year’s worth of recipes. Pairing flavors and recipes with seasonal produce, Wilbanks’ recipes evoke the sweet and savory flavors of each season. Some recipes, like lemon chess pie and pineapple casserole, offer twists on classic Southern desserts, while others, like her tomato pie, stick to tried and true traditions. See below for a recipe from the cookbook.
Available August 7, 2018

'American Cookie' by Anne Byrn
A follow-up to her best-selling cookbook, American Cake, Anne Byrn's new cookbook, American Cookie, takes the home baker on a journey through the history of our country's favorite cookies. From ultra-crisp ginger snaps to Dutch-inspired peppernuts and the Neiman Marcus $250 cookies, you'll find just about any cookie you can dream up in this book. You'll also learn about Emily Dickinson's favorite cookies and get the recipe for old-fashioned "wine drops." Everyday classics like oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and lemon bars are also, of course, in abundance, but in addition to well-tested recipes, you'll get the true story behind each and every one of these treats. We're even offering the book in our own Shoppe, and if you pre-order now, it'll come to your doorstep signed by Byrn herself, and it will include an exclusive bookmark complete with a baking tip.
Available August 21, 2018

'Rich Table' by Sarah and Evan Rich
This book may not be Southern, but it does have a connection to Southern Kitchen. Our Editor-in-Chief Kate Williams developed and tested each and every recipe inside. Rich Table is one of the most notable restaurants in San Francisco, and its dishes evoke both the ethos of the Bay Area as well as the hometowns of proprietors Sarah and Evan Rich. Sarah grew up in Texas, so you'll find Lone Star influences throughout her desserts, and Evan's East Coast background is reflected in many of the mains. While cooking through the book, you'll learn technique, such as how to make the best fresh pasta and how to cook a perfect steak, plus crazy-inventive ingredient combinations you'd never thought of yourself. Many dishes echo childhood favorites or fast food dishes. There's an aged beef pasta dish that tastes exactly like a Big Mac and an ice cream cookie sandwich that will make you think you've opened a box of Thin Mints — all in the best way possible. It's a challenging book in many ways, but perfect for any home cook that wants to up their game or simply ogle the beautiful photography.
Available September 4, 2018

'Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits' by Reese Witherspoon 
Reese Witherspoon has grown from an Academy Award-winning actress to an entrepreneur who has created a lifestyle brand with which every Southern belle is familiar. If she wasn’t busy enough, she decided to write a book about growing up with a strong Southern role model in her life. Whiskey in a Teacup is about her Southern heritage and the lessons she learned from her grandmother Dorothea, who showed her that Southern women were “whiskey in a teacup” the perfect combination of beauty and strength. We can’t wait to try Dorothea’s fried chicken and biscuits.
Available September 18, 2018

'Cravings: Hungry for More' by Chrissy Teigen
Fans of Chrissy Teigen raved so much about her first cookbook that she decided to write another one. The model, mommy and sassy social media influencer is back with a cookbook that has a something for every situation, whether you need comfort food, a pre-party snack, or a quick and easy last minute meal. Inspired by the new experience of parenthood, the health-ish recipes use fresh ingredients to create inventive dishes, such as pad Thai carbonara.
Available September 18, 2018


Lemon Chess Pie from Southern Baked cookbook

Lemon Chess Pie from 'Southern Baked'
Note: The trick to making delicious pie dough is using cold ingredients. I even chill my flour, salt, and sugar. Starting with very cold butter and ice cold water will make a world of difference when it comes to the texture of the dough.
Serves: 8
Hands-On Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 1/2 hours

SB Pie Dough
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup water

1 recipe SB Pie Dough (above)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

To make the pie dough: Cut the butter into small cubes. Combine butter and flour in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour. Add the salt and sugar. Continue to work the butter into the flour until the mixture has a consistency of course-ground cornmeal.

The cubes of butter should now be smaller than the size of a green pea. Add the water, all at once. Continue to work the dough until the dough begins to come together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and press into the shape of a disk.

Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill.

To make the pie: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out into 12-inch circle. Place into a 9-inch round pie plate and flute.

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the flour and cornmeal slowly, beating until mixture is well-combined. Beat in the zest, juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. The mixture will appear lightly curdled.

Pour into the pie shell. Bake in lower third of oven for 40 to 50 minutes. You will know the pie is done when the edges are set and there is a slight jiggle just in the center of the pie. Remove from oven and let cool before serving. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie by Amanda Dalton Wilbanks, copyright 2018. Published by Gibbs Smith.

Photo (cookies): Tina Rupp
Photo (pie): Gill Autrey

Author image

Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.