These Are the Only 12 Cookbooks You Need in Your Life Right Now

Put down your grandma’s recipe box and try these new must-have guides to cooking instead.    

As someone who enjoys cooking but is by no means an expert chef, I can attest that wading through the sea of new cookbooks constantly coming onto the market is crazy overwhelming. I’m always looking for new recipes, new ingredients, and new techniques, but researching who the authors are, whether they have street cred, and then whether this latest book of theirs is actually good—well, it’s a daunting task.

So we’ve gone ahead and done the leg work for you, polling foodies, editors, and chefs about which recent culinary tomes are worth their price of admission (er, purchase). The below books are new, yes, but they’re also transformative in the way they approach meals, cooking, and baking. And they’re great for novices and experts alike. So click “Add to Cart,” and then cancel your plans for this weekend, because you’re going to be spending all of your time in the kitchen.

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen

BUY FROM: Amazon, $17.50

Simple by Diana Henry

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.87

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan & the Editors of Lucky Peach

BUY FROM: Amazon, $23.65

Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain

BUY FROM: Amazon, $22.50

Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

BUY FROM: Amazon, $21.24

Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly

BUY FROM: Amazon, $15.11

Alton Brown: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown

BUY FROM: Amazon, $21.88

Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead by Amanda Hesser & Merril Stubbs

BUY FROM: Amazon, $21

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

BUY FROM: Amazon, $20.88

Mozza at Home: More than 150 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Relaxed, Family-Style Entertaining by Nancy Silverton

BUY FROM: Amazon, $22.48

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman

BUY FROM: Amazon, $20.83

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China by Fuschia Dunlop

BUY FROM: Amazon, $26.08

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