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Cooking and the appreciation of good food seems to be experiencing a revival. The celebration of food is everywhere ranging from cooking shows with child chefs, celebrity chefs eating around the world, and even the Food Network. Whenever you go out to eat you see people taking time to take pictures of the epic food they’re about to eat and sharing the bounty on Instagram. The love of food is everywhere and these 16 cookbooks will have your favorite cook cooking up a storm.
16 Cookbooks for your Favorite Cook
1. Food 52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen
Almost everyone has a vegan in their life and many of us have wondered how do they do it? Well, you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate and enjoy the recipes that are found in this beautifully illustrated book. Enjoy plant-based foods and stretch your food budget by cutting your weekly meat consumption. Vegan doesn’t have to be boring.
2. Besh Big Easy 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes
New Orleans is one of the undisputed food capitols of the United States and the World. John Besh is a native of New Orleans and shares beloved dishes in a way that makes them easy enough for all of us to cook and enjoy-after we get the ingredients!).
3. Tacos: Recipes and Provocations
Many of us don’t realize that there is a certain level of artistry to making a well crafted taco. For those us who are used to tacos with beans or ground beef and the usual toppings it’s hard to imagine how amazing a taco can really be. This book will step up your taco making game. The next time you have a taco party use this book as your guide.
4. Fire and Ice
Scandinavia has a food culture. Filled with delicate spices, flavors of the sea, and the gentle flavors found in day-to-day fare, Fire and Ice is the book for those who would like to bring the taste of Scandinavia into your home. This is a beautifully illustrated book with food components that you might not be familiar with. Have fun and challenge yourself with the recipes from this book.
5. Drinking the Devil’s Acre
This is not a cookbook, but a book for the burgeoning mixologist in your group. With every delicious meal that you make it’s nice to pair it with a well-crafted drink. This book also shares how drinking culture developed in San Francisco.
6. Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from Source to Bowl
Africa has numerous food regions throughout the continent. Unfortunately, many of us haven’t had a chance to enjoy it, happily, this book shares one of those regions with us in an easy to follow and fun book.
7. Asian-American Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn
Nothing is off limits to chef Dale Talde, the man who imagined this cookbook. He blends his experiences eating authentic Filipino foods with growing up in the U.S. to create surprising and original re-imaginings of dishes that we’ve eaten numerous of times before.
8. Gjelina: Cooking From Venice, California
Southern California is not only the home of the movie industry, it’s also a region with some phenomenal cooking. Gjelina, a celebrated restaurant in Los Angeles, shares its wonderful recipes in this gorgeous book filled with inspiring pictures. Master the technique of making simple and sophisticated meals with fresh and simple ingredients.
9. The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook
If you’re a die-hard foodie then you’ve probably heard of the Mission Chinese Food restaurants. If not, this book will have you reimagining how Chinese food should be cooked and eaten. Have fun!
10. Sea and Smoke
Is a book for romantics who imagine themselves lost on a hidden island. In fact, the chef behind this book has opened an acclaimed restaurant off the coast of Washington state on Lummi Island. If you can’t make it to Washington state, then enjoy recreating the fresh flavors of the sea with this book.
11. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
If you find yourself in a conversation with a barbecue diehard you will quickly learn that it’s not just about meat and fire. Your barbecue may be smoked, dry-rubbed, or have a vinegar based sauce depending on the part of the country that you live in. Franklin Barbecue is based in Austin, Texas and this book will have you excited to make your next batch of barbecue as soon as possible.
12. Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook: Soulful Southern Recipes from My Family To Yours
If you watch Oprah’s OWN network, then you may already be familiar with Miss Robbie owner of Sweetie Pie’s and star of the same show. Enjoy making some of her favorite family recipes and enjoy the taste of southern food in your home.
13. 100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways To Make The True Essentials
America’s Test Kitchen with its campy humor is still the undisputed go to for well-thought out and tested recipes that come out wonderfully every single time. This book shares 100 recipes that are considered meals that everyone should know.
14. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix
This amazing book brought to you by Mark Bittman, former food columnist for the New York Times, breaks down the components of meals, appetizers, and more in this well thought out book. Cooking is made simple, fun, and approachable for its readers.
15. Thug Kitchen
A tongue-in-cheek homage to the Vegan lifestyle, Thug Kitchen just might convert you to the Vegan lifestyle. Through the use of colorful language, amazing photos, and easy as f#ck recipes, you too, can be a part of Thug Kitchen’s tribe.
16. My Life On A Plate
Kelis of “My Milkshake” fame brings us this surprisingly well-composed book of recipes collected from her travels around the world as a musician. Enjoy this culinary trip with Kelis, you’ll be glad you picked up this book.