Cookbook Roundup: 12 Of the Best Options To Bring Out Your Inner Chef

Recently, I thought it was time to try some new recipes. But with so many cookbook options out there, I didn’t know where to start! Luckily I had Zach around to give me some suggestions (and he had plenty). So I asked him to put together a list of some of his favorites for all of you. These are great options to get for yourself – or for anyone in your life that loves to cook!

Ottolenghi Flavor

By Yotam Ottolenghi

 

The London based author of Plenty and Plenty More has followed up his two hit cookbooks with this fantastic ode to vegetables. These plant-based recipes stretch the imagination of what you can do with produce and give you insight into how to pick the best quality products and then make the most of them.

Modern Comfort Food

By Ina Garten

 

If you’re a fan of cookbooks or cooking shows then Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, needs no introduction. If I see her name on a book I don’t even read the description, I just buy it! These soul satisfying dishes inspired by childhood favorites may be simple, but the flavors are anything but basic.

Time To Eat

By Nadiya Hussain

 

This breakout star of The Great British Baking Show covers more than just baking in her new cookbook. These quick, easy recipes are perfect for the busy family. Watch her make some of her go to recipes on her Netflix show of the same name and then grab her book to make them at home!

Cravings: Hungry For More

By Chrissy Teigen

 

You probably already know who Chrissy Teigen is. We loved her first cookbook, Cravings, and we love the sequel just as much (maybe more)! Just like the name says, once you make a few of the recipes from this book you’ll be hungry for more!

East

By Meera Sodha

 

All the recipes in this book are vegetarian or vegan, but you don’t need to be one to enjoy them! Sodha, an Indian chef based in London, takes her inspiration from East and Southeast Asian cuisine to create these meat-free recipes. From kimchi pancakes to salted miso brownies, these recipes will inspire you to create new, exciting flavors!

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food

By Marcus Samuelsson

 

Top Chef alum and television star Samuelsson put together this book to celebrate black chefs across America and the under-appreciated impact they have made on our food and culture for years. It’s partly a cookbook with 150 recipes honoring some of the best black chefs in the country, partly a book of stories and insights into the diverse culture of black cooking. You may buy it for the recipes, but you’ll read it again and again for the inspiring stories.

Food Lab

By J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

 

The self-proclaimed “nerd in residence” at Serious Eats is constantly not just what to do to make the most of your ingredients, but why. This book not only gives you foolproof recipes for beloved American favorites but give you insights into the science of why you should do it a certain way. Oh, and if you’re like Bobby it has lots of pictures!

In Bibi’s Kitchen

By Hawa Hassan & Julia Turshen

 

No matter how great of a chef I become, I’ll never be a better cook than my grandma! This book isn’t filled with recipes from any famous chefs you’ve heard of before, but rather recipes of grandmothers from eight East African countries. They’ll welcome you into their kitchens and share their family favorite recipes along with stories of family, tradition, and love.

Zahav

By Michael Solomonov

 

Zahav, the Philadelphia restaurant of the same name, is probably my favorite restaurant in the country. So of course I have to include Chef Solomonov’s cookbook filled with vibrant, delicious heartwarming Israeli dishes. If you can’t make it to the restaurant, grab this book and bring the restaurant to you!

A Good Bake

By Melissa Weller & Carolyn Carreno

 

They say if cooking is an art then baking is a science. This book breaks down the science of baking to make it easier to understand and help you apply it in your own kitchen. Don’t worry though, its not all textbook. It’s also filled with tons of delicious recipes for you to make at home.

My Drunk Kitchen: Holidays!

By Hannah Hart

 

The holidays are coming up and while there are tons of great holiday cookbooks, I don’t think any of them are as much fun as our friend Hannah’s. If you’ve watched her hit Youtube videos you know she’s all about having a good time and not taking yourself too seriously. Her book full of recipes drink ideas, and stories is no different.

Antoni In The Kitchen

By Antoni Porowski

 

Did you think we were going to forget about Antoni? If you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you already own his cookbook. If you don’t then what are you waiting for?! I had the privilege of getting to taste test some of these recipes as he was writing the book and it’s not an exaggeration when I say they were some of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

  1. I LOVE this! I feel like I get a lot of newsletters or emails from various sources and after a few weeks, I often unsubscribe or just start deleting them. I never, ever do that with your newsletters. I always email them to friends and family and come to check out your posts. You really do such a great job knowing your audience. I can’t wait to find some of these books at my library or order them!

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