Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, $37.50)
For this cookbook, his eighth, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver found all the inspiration he needed right in his own back yard (where he happens to have an amazing vegetable garden), and his jovial zeal for seasonal cooking just might inspire you to cook your way through the entire book. Look to the fall chapter for game, mushroom, orchard fruit, and pickle recipes and to the winter chapter for winter salad, pastry, leek, and squash recipes. Oliver’s instructions are always generously detailed, and his chummy prose makes him as good a kitchen companion as one might hope to find in a book.