Autumn Gatherings

By Rick Rodgers; Morrow, $19.95

It's one thing to cook with the seasons. But it can be tough to come up with a dozen or so new menu items every three months that, while seasonal, taste great and fit neatly into contemporary tastes and trends. Don't worry; Rogers, author of 30 cookbooks, has you covered for fall. He bills the material he's offering here as “casual food to enjoy with family and friends,” but many of the 55 recipes require serious cooking chops to do well. The payoff: Plenty of dishes that will really dress up the autumn menu of ambitious bistro and casual dining restaurants. Rogers says he's going to produce three other seasonally-themed cookbooks, too. If they are as helpful to full-service operators as this one likely will be, we hope he hurries up.