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
Simple by Diana Henry
Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan & the Editors of Lucky Peach
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly
Alton Brown: EveryDayCook by Alton Brown
Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead by Amanda Hesser & Merril Stubbs
Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
Mozza at Home: More than 150 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Relaxed, Family-Style Entertaining by Nancy Silverton
How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman
Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China by Fuschia Dunlop
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