I’ll be on CBC Radio across the country this week (squee!) talking about the year’s best cookbooks. Everyone eats and so almost everyone is interested in food (right?). It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned expert or someone who just wants to lie in bed and read a cookbook, there’s a book that’s just right.
It’s wonderful to see so many new baking cookbooks now after it seemed like years when everyone was focused on savoury cooking. While cooking can feel like something we have to do, baking is more fun.
- Daphna Rabinovitch, The Baker in Me (Canadian). The introduction alone is a masterclass in home baking, and the recipes are mouthwatering and foolproof. Daphna was the director of the Canadian Living Test Kitchen and is (as she calls herself) a born baker. My fave: Caramelita Bars, a heady pan of caramel, oats, walnuts and chocolate.
- Dorie Greenspan, Dorie’s Cookies. Not just a collection of over 300 cookie recipes, but a collection of the world’s best cookie-baker’s tips, tricks and hacks. The cover recipe, World Peace Cookies, is one of the internet’s most-searched recipes.
- Alyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell, Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop (Canadian). Recipes from the celebrated Toronto pastry shop. Beautiful pictures and diverse recipes for everything from peach cobbler to macarons.
Hot/ On-Trend/ Wild and Weird:
For the cook who already has everything – or the one who never goes into the kitchen but loves to read cookbooks—there are some fun titles this year.
- Anthony Bourdain, Appetites: A Cookbook. Bold and weird, just like its creator.
- Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn, Dinner at the Long Table. As much a book about creativity and inspiration as it is about its 17 family-style entertaining menus.
- Naomi Duguid, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan (Canadian). Recipes and travel tales from the entire region, all created by one of the world’s best travel food writers, and Canadian!
- Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen (Canadian) A comprehensive bible of seven different ways of preserving food, from dehydrating to canning, as well as recipes to use your preserves (ex. Blueberry-Maple Jam that’s then used in BBQ salmon with blueberry ginger sauce)
Families/ Busy Cooks:
- Kelly Kwok, The Asian Slow Cooker: Exotic Favorites for Your Crockpot (Canadian) Teriyaki chicken with soba? Thai Pumpkin Soup? Spicy Char Sui Chicken Thighs?!!! Sign. Me. Up.
- Amanda Hesser & Merrell Stubbs, Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead. From the creators of massively popular website Food 52, a plan for getting meals halfway prepped on the weekend so weeknights are easier, including grocery lists!
- Ricardo Larivee, Slower is Better: From a Taco Fiesta to Chocolate Pudding Cakes (Canadian)
- Julia Turshen, Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs. Tons of recipes, spin-offs and ideas for starting or expanding your repertoire.
- Ina Garten, Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Inimitable Ina. Oh how I love her.
- Naomi Pomeroy, Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking. Perfect mix of classic culinary skills with everyday easy home cooking.
- Jeanine Donofrio, The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple to Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking. A vegetarian book organized by vegetables, so you can cook according to what’s fresh at the shops and markets. Lots of advice on how to make recipes gluten- and dairy-free as well as vegan.
- Isa Chandra Moskowitz, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion.
- Oh She Glows Everyday, Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes (Canadian).
- Jamie Oliver, Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook.
- Alex Prud’homme, The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act
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