The 2019 Cookbooks Your Favorite Foodies Will Actually Use
Lasagna: A Baked Pasta Cookbook
Lasagna has earned its rep as a classic, comforting dish. Anna Hezel's cookbook ensures that thin sheets of pasta layered between meat, cheese, and vegetables will never, ever bore. It also includes recipes for other baked pastas, apps like garlic knots, and dessert.
Sous Vide: Better Home Cooking
Hugh Acheson's Sous Vide familiarizes readers to the gourmet technique of sealing food in a bag or glass jar before cooking it in water at a precise temperature — proving it's just as doable at home as in a restaurant.
Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African-American Cooking
Author of the James Beard Award-winning book The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, Toni Tipton-Martin traces two centuries of African-American cuisine with 125 recipes that she has collected and updated for modern cooks.
Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy
Stacy Adimando has compiled a collection of shareable, seasonal antipasto recipes that home cooks will reference for potlucks and parties over and over.
The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine
The influx of cultures settling in New Orleans over the centuries has gifted it with a cuisine like no other. Louisianan and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Justin Devillier maintains a local's reverence for classic recipes as he updates them for the modern cook.
Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
Cookbook authors Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral hail from the same family that brought Oaxacan cuisine to James Beard recognition through the Los Angeles restaurant Guelaguetza. Expect recipes for Mexico's "soul food," like mole negro and molotes (corn pastries) with potatoes and chorizo.
Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe's Grand Mountaintops
Meredith Erickson scouted out regional recipes from four Alpine countries — Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France — to compile this cookbook. Travel tips, cultural tidbits, and photographs inspire wanderlust.
Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen
Adeena Sussman guides home cooks on a food tour of Israel, starting with condiments and spices that have become more and more prevalent on American menus. (Hello, harissa.) Expect produce-forward dishes and a lot to flavor.
Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables
With 300 recipes featuring 29 vegetables, Ruffage by Abra Berens contains enough inspiration to pull carnivores out of their veggie ruts and vegetarians out of their routines. Massaged Kale with Creamed Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Wild Rice, anyone?
Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors
Andrea Nguyen's practical approach to Vietnamese food calls for ingredients available at national supermarkets, meaning you can churn out dishes as delicious as Sizzling Rice Crepes and Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets on a weeknight.
Breakfast: The Cookbook
This cookbook from Emily Elyse Miller pays homage to breakfast around the globe with recipes for dishes such as Chinese Pineapple Buns, Mexican Chilaquiles (tortillas simmered in salsa), and Egyptian Ful Medames (stewed fava beans).
The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook
James Beard Award-winning author Christopher Kimball outlines 75 "new rules" of cooking in this aptly named cookbook. Kimball's rules come into play in 200 recipes, from Bucatini Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Sage to Pan-Seared Salmon with Red Chili-Walnut Sauce.
I Can Cook Vegan
Consider this colorful cookbook the perfect gift "for vegans, the vegan-curious, and reluctant parents of vegans." Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipes, including Broccoli Mac and Cheese, Lentil Walnut Bolognese, and All-Ages Banana French Toast, will have recipients singing the praises of plant-based cooking.
Maangchi's Big Book of Korean Cooking: From Everyday Meals to Celebration Cuisine
YouTube-famous cook Maangchi (aka Emily Kim) breaks down Korean cooking with beginners in mind. Her comprehensive intro to this cuisine includes recipes like Soy Butter Pan-Grilled Chicken, veggie dishes from Buddhist mountain temples, and the contents of children's lunch boxes.
Signature Dishes That Matter
Signature Dishes That Matter dishes on the origins of iconic recipes, like the California Roll or Radishes in a Pot from Copenhagen's Noma. It would make an excellent gift for that person who's just as obsessed with food facts as, well, food.