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For the romantic chef: The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure, Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila, the voice behind the blog EatingFromTheGroundUp, brings us her third book, with 100 recipes and a slow food philosophy that helps remind home cooks of the simple pleasures to be found in the kitchen. Sunday, November 1, 4pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland 

For the no-frills cook: 100 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Make: The Absolute Best Ways to Make the True Essentials, Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen

There’s no shortage of recipes for the modern cook—but which ones are legit? The editorial director at America’s Test Kitchen has done the dirty work for us, handpicking and perfecting 100 essential recipes, from a standout tomato sauce to consummate beef stew, with tricks, tidbits and timeless knowledge for cooks at any skill level. Tuesday, November 3, 7pm, Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton

For the beer nerd: Beer Bites: Tasty Recipes and Perfect Pairings for Brew Lovers, Christian DeBenedetti & Andrea Slonecker

Take advantage Portland’s veritable “beervana” by cooking to the tune of your favorite pours. Beer journalist and newfound brewer Christian DeBenedetti teams up with local food writer Andrea Slonecker to deliver a menu of global appetizers, snacks, and mains, beyond standard greasy pub grub. Get your pairings on! Monday, November 9, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland

For the haute stoner: Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, Laurie Wolf 

Science and art come together to bestow upon readers the highly coveted secrets of your longtime (now legal) edibles baker. Learn the tricks of the trade, with 200 recipes that complement and soften the taste of cannabis, including a Cannabutter-melted rib eye and “medicated” butternut squash soup. Tuesday, November 10, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland

For the chocoholic: Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle's Favorite Chocolate Maker Featuring 75 Recipes Both Sweet & Savory, by Debra Music. Plus: a conversation with Naomi Pomeroy (James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of Beast)

Learn the story behind Seattle’s flagship chocolate maker and their commitment to organic and Fair Trade practices (the first chocolate factory of its kind in North America) while picking up chocolate-focused recipes, both sweet and savory. Friday, November 13, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland

For the star-struck chef: Simply Nigella, by Nigella Lawson

The ever-popular British chef returns with her ninth, stress-free cookbook, all about making our lives easier in the kitchen. The book walks the line between health and indulgence, featuring “Bowlfoods” and dairy-free, gluten-free sweets. For BBC fans and kale-lovers alike, this is a must-see. Sunday, November 15, 2pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland 

For the YouTube generation: The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us, by Rosanna Pansino 

Washington native Rosanna Pansino launched her online baking show, Nerdy Nummies, in 2011 to unite her two longtime loves: geek culture and baking. Pansino brings her online stardom (over one billion views on YouTube) to print in a book that features some of her greatest hits, like Apple Pi Pie, Volcano Cake, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes. Tuesday, November 17, 7pm, Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton

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