Fall into Cooking

There are many reasons to be excited about the arrival of autumn. Cooler weather, the new TV season, and pumpkin-flavored everything are some of the things I look forward to every year. But my favorite thing about autumn is cooking hearty, cold-weather meals!

During the summer it is just too hot to turn on the oven, so I mostly stick to lighter meals that I can cook on the stovetop. Unfortunately, this is very limiting – so it is with open arms and a big appetite that I welcome this time of year.

Nothing says autumn like homemade beef stew, roast chicken with root vegetables, or freshly baked bread. It is also a great time to make robust soups. Cream of potato soup topped with bits of crispy bacon, chicken soup with matzo balls made from my mom’s recipe, and pea soup flavored with leeks and garlic are just a few of the recipes that I make every autumn.

If you would like some inspiration for autumn (and winter!) cooking, check out the cookbooks below – and let me know in the comments what your favorites recipes or cookbooks are!

Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli
This cookbook contains beautiful photographs and an introduction that describes how Guarnaschelli developed her love of cooking. Recipes include braised short rib French onion soup, brined and roasted whole chicken, bacon-wrapped pork chops with apple and Brussels sprouts, and sour cream pumpkin pie.

Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited by Arthur Schwartz
One of the foremost authorities on Jewish cooking, Schwartz presents recipes for Ashkenazi classics such as potato knishes, cheese blintzes, and pot-roasted brisket. He also shares recipes for lesser-known dishes like flanken with vegetables and chicken fricassee.

Les Halles Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
In this cookbook, the former executive chef at Les Halles in New York City shares recipes from the iconic brasserie, as well as helpful tips and tricks that cooks of all skill levels will find useful. Recipes include French classics such as steak au poivre, coq au vin, cassoulet, and chocolate mousse.

- Lauren Schiebel


  1. Great post! I am now craving french onion soup.


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