Amateur Gourmet posted a great NY restaurant story (this is adam at his best, playing The Common Man, with boyfriend Craig, in the cynical city), and it reminded me that, having posted about two current books (Swanson, Lebowitz), that I wanted to note a few more that are just out or on their way and worth looking for.

The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost).  Whether or not a compelling blogger can bring his or her voice to the extended form of a book is always a question.  I read an early copy of this and Adam pulls it off perfectly, due at the end of summer, but there are galleys floating around.

The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from samurai to supermarket.  Washington journalist Trevor Corson, whose last book was The Secret Life of Lobsters, dives into the sushi world and returns with great stories, characters and information. May 29.

My favorite Indian restaurant in NYC is Devi, which does very high end very refined food. Its co-exec chef, the exuberant Suvir Saran (here’s his blog) has a second book on the way, American Masala: 125 Classics from My Home Kitchen. Fall.  I bought his first, Indian Home Cooking, excellent, and look forward to this one.

Knife Skills Illustrated: A User’s Manual. Peter Hertzman writes everything you need to know about knives and how to use them in this beautifully illustrated primer. Fall.

Next on my own reading list is The Last Chinese Chef (just out, anyone read it yet?) by Nicole Mones and I’m eager to get into the galleys copy I was sent of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Learning, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School, due in the fall.  Go to cooking school and write a book about it?  Now there’s an idea!  Only in this one, the author, Kathleen Flinn, happens to fall in love.  Where were the love and the tears at the CIA?  Damn, I missed that class!