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Food To Die For: Recipes and Stories from America’s Most Legendary Haunted Places

This niche cookbook will be of great interest to a specific group of readers and cooks, paranormal activity aficionados and fans of ghostly legends in particular.

Dinner Tonight: Simple Meals Full of Mediterranean Flavor

Berg delivers on her promise of maximum flavor and minimum fuss with a wonderful assortment of delicious dishes that easily answer the question of what to serve for dinner tonight.

Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora

Even with other terrific guides on the subject, such as Priya Krishna’s Indian-ish (which is cited in Shah’s bibliography), cooks will not be able to resist this vivaciously written and vibrantly packaged paean to Indian American culinary mashups.

What To Cook When You Don’t Feel like Cooking

Highly approachable and friendly to all skill levels, this book fits the bill for anyone who hesitates to prepare meals; a must-have for time-constrained cooks. Essential for every collection.

AfriCali: Recipes from My Jikoni

Moju delivers a culinary journey that is infused with personality and flavor, designed for modern home chefs looking for kitchen inspiration.

Pretty Simple Cocktails: Margaritas, Mocktails, Spritzes, and More for Every Mood and Occasion

Those interested in cocktails, regardless of skill level, will return to this book time and again for inspiration, ideas, and guidance.

Baking in the American South: 200 Recipes and Their Untold Stories (A Definitive Guide to Southern Baking)

Even with other outstanding guides on the subject, like Kelly Fields’s The Good Book of Southern Baking and Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Cooking, Byrn’s wise, winning, and wonderful doorstop dive into the recipes and stories that make up the heart and soul of Southern baking is essential.

The Bean Book: 100 Recipes for Cooking with All Kinds of Beans, from the Rancho Gordo Kitchen

Authoritative, welcoming, and wide-ranging, this is a key title for all collections.

Preppy Kitchen Super Easy: 100 Simple and Versatile Recipes

An attractive and practical resource for everyday cooks, but it might be slightly out of reach for newer cooks and those on a budget.

Big Heart Little Stove: Bringing Home Meals & Moments from the Lost Kitchen

This delightful audio cookbook is a must-listen for foodies everywhere.

Mushroom Gastronomy: The Art of Cooking with Mushrooms

Fungi fanciers new and old have an excellent guide to the wonderful world of mushroom cookery.


Big Night: Dinners, Parties & Dinner Parties

Modern, playful, and extremely pragmatic, this collection on entertaining will breathe life into dinner parties.

The Feel Good Foodie Cookbook: 125 Recipes Enhanced with Mediterranean Flavors

Aptly demonstrated by the millions of views the author gets on her social media platforms, there is a definite appetite for Jawad’s whole foods–centric brand of Midwest-meets-Mediterranean dishes.

Japanese Style Plant-Based Cooking: Amazing Vegan Recipes from Japan’s Leading Macrobiotic Chef and Food Writer

A fresh and unique addition to vegan cooking collections.

Dolci!: American Baking with an Italian Accent

This inventive, inspiring, and sweetly indulgent cookbook will earn its own well-deserved spot in bakers’ kitchens, alongside Nick Malgieri’s Great Italian Desserts, Silver Spoon Kitchen’s The Italian Bakery, and Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano.

Bright Cooking: Recipes for the Modern Palate

Anyone interested in committing to a more mindful approach to cooking and eating and who’s willing to put in some time and effort will joyfully embrace Becerra’s dazzling, flavor-punched collection of recipes.

Keep It Zesty: A Celebration of Lebanese Flavors & Culture from Edy’s Grocer

Written with a wonderful sense of humor and a great deal of heart, this cookbook debut is a first-rate introduction to the vibrant and appetizing world of Lebanese cuisine.

One Bake, Two Ways: Fifty Bakes with an All-Plant Option Every Time

Following in the footsteps of Great British Bake Off alums Edd Kimber, Nadiya Hussain, and James Morton, Bhogal’s first cookbook delivers the stuff from which sweet baking dreams are made.

Kismet: Bright, Fresh, Vegetable-Loving Recipes

This bright and fun collection is just in time for spring, the opening of farmers markets, and planting of gardens and will become a go-to for folks looking for fresh vibrant veggie recipes.

The Feel Good Foodie Cookbook: 125 Recipes Enhanced with Mediterranean Flavors

Aptly demonstrated by the millions of views the author gets on her social media platforms, there is a definite appetite for Jawad’s healthy brand of Midwest meets Mediterranean style dishes.

Kowbird: Amazing Chicken Recipes from Chef Matt Horn’s Restaurant and Home Kitchen

Horn raises the humble chicken to its rightful place in the history of Southern cooking and at dinner tables with this collection of diverse and delicious recipes.

Homestyle Kitchen: Fresh and Timeless Comfort Food for Sharing

Reminiscent of an old-school church cookbook that features a little bit of everything, this beginner-friendly collection is best suited for home cooks looking for no-fuss, no-frills food.

Carbivore: 130 Healthy Recipes To Stop Fearing Carbs and Embrace the Comfort Foods You Love

Will satisfy readers looking for ways to enjoy foods such as upside-down cake and socca without experiencing a sugar spike.

The Authentic Ukrainian Kitchen: Recipes from a Native Chef

Klopotenko’s passion for and pride in Ukrainian cuisine shine brightly in this insightful, illuminating cookbook, making it an outstanding introduction to the food and culture of this brave country.

The Lavender Companion: Enjoy the Aroma, Flavor, and Health Benefits of This Classic Herb

Providing over 40 recipes with accompanying gorgeous photographs, this is a valuable addition to collections.

Perfectly Simple Ice Cream: 100 Recipes Anyone Can Make

You’ll scream, I’ll scream, we’ll all scream for the yummy ice cream treats offered up in this perfectly executed cookbook, which makes a superb culinary complement to The Perfect Scoop, by another Chez Panisse pastry alum, David Lebovitz’s

The Vibrant Hong Kong Table: 88 Iconic Vegan Recipes from Dim Sum to Late-Night Snacks

Wonderfully designed and illustrated, this is a delightful culinary tour, offering creative vegan twists on traditional Hong Kong foods that readers will be excited to devour.

Forbidden Cocktails: Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood

A unique addition to the bar carts of cinephiles and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Film and cocktail enthusiasts looking for more inspiration may also enjoy Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir.

Rebel School of Wine: A Visual Guide to Drinking with Confidence

Everything beginning wine rebels need to learn about the basics and to get started finding wines they love and enjoy.

Kindred Spirits: Cocktails for Two

This book is playful, reflective, and unintimidating, just like the perfect date, and cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy the tasty drink recipes while admiring the beautiful beverage photography.

Le Sud: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Best for experienced cooks and libraries with extensive cookbook collections.

Clueless: The Official Cookbook

A solid cookbook with a lot of ’90s nostalgia.

Sesame, Soy, Spice: 90 Asian-ish Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes To Reconnect, Root, and Restore

This is a wide-ranging and clearly written foray into the world of Asian-influenced vegan cuisine. An excellent addition for readers interested in plant-based meals.

Cook Simply, Live Fully: Flexible, Flavorful Recipes for Any Mood

Newly minted and old-hand cooks alike will find Fahr’s joy in cooking and life to be both infectious and inspiring.

BBQ Pit Boys Book of Real Guuud Barbecue

Fans of the BBQ Pit Boys’ videos, as well as grillers interested in trying out new techniques for classic favorites, will find plenty to chew on.

Bohème Cooking: French Vegetarian Recipes

Solomon’s easy and relaxed approach to vegetarian cooking and her stylishly formatted recipes make this a first-rate guide for U.S. cooks looking to give their vegetable dishes a bit of French je ne sais quoi.

Pizza Night: Deliciously Doable Recipes for Pizza and Salad

Stafford turns Friday pizza night into a culinary adventure with fresh ingredients, unique flavors, and endless combinations for menu fun.

Sip Me, Baby, One More Time: Cocktails Inspired by Pop Music’s Iconic Women

Swifties in particular will want to take note, but so will other readers looking for a few fun drinks.

Mad Love: Big Flavors Made To Share, from South Asia to the West Indies

Cooks of all skill levels will enjoy trying the bold flavors and reading about Rajkumar’s love for his family and Guyanese Indian roots.

Italian Coastal: Recipes and Stories from Where the Land Meets the Sea

Libraries with robust cookbook and lifestyle collections will want to consider this book. Readers who want to delve into regional Italian cooking will enjoy.

A-Gong’s Table: Vegan Recipes from a Taiwanese Home

A rich achievement that should be a part of all library collections. It might not be a book everyone cooks from, but it will be one everyone learns from.


Home chefs will enjoy taking the journey from Buddhist temples to Michelin-starred kitchens, along with the recipes that explore the playful energy of fusion cooking and the essentials of Korean culinary traditions.

The Sea Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes for Memorable Meals on or near the Water

Good for libraries with robust cookbook collections.

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes

A stunning memoir, spiced with delectable and occasionally devastating recipes. This is unmissable.

If You Can’t Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury

A wry look at feminism via food. Recommended for general readers.

The Dish: The Lives and Labor Behind One Plate of Food

A captivating listen for foodies, restaurant professionals, and restaurant hopefuls.

Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Foods

An engaging food history and travelogue that will appeal to foodies, conservationists, and historians.

Zao Fan: Breakfast of China

Ambitious home cooks and armchair travelers alike will appreciate the insight and information Zee provides about the Chinese take on the most important meal of the day.

Milk Street 365: The All-Purpose Cookbook for Every Day of the Year

Both newbie cooks and old hands in the kitchen will want a copy of this smartly written cookbook that delivers a year’s worth of delicious dishes and invaluable culinary insight.

Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes To Enjoy and Share

Few home cooks will be able to resist indulging in Bertinelli’s latest book, which exhibits the same non-cheffy, warm, welcoming approach to cooking found in Ina Garten’s and Rachael Ray’s equally popular cookbooks.

PlantYou Scrappy Cooking: 140+ Plant-Based Zero-Waste Recipes That Are Good for You, Your Wallet, and the Planet

The message is important, and well delivered, but Bodrug has also created a cookbook vegans will treasure for the wealth of “I can make this; I am going to make that!” recipes that are sure to become standards.

The Lost Supper: Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past

Although the audio presentation is somewhat uneven, Grescoe’s message that the world is bettered by eating adventurously and well will delight listeners interested in sustainability.

Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food

A sumptuous exploration of Chinese food and cooking that might make listeners rethink their attitudes toward China’s cuisine.

Barons: Money, Power, and the Corruption of America’s Food Industry

For readers with a serious interest in public policy and food production.

Gennaro’s Verdure: Over 80 Vibrant Italian Vegetable Dishes

Even with the bumper crop of excellent plant-based cookbooks available like Nick Sharma’s Veg-Table, readers will want to consider making room for this exuberant, enthusiastic guide to cooking vegetables with a bit of Italian flair.

Stuzzichini: The Art of the Italian Snack

While Anna Francese Gass’s excellent Italian Snacking covers some of the same culinary ground, cooks interested in fully exploring the wonderful world of Italian snacks will find Ferrari’s engagingly written and immensely informative guide irresistible.

Seriously, So Good: Simple Recipes for a Balanced Life

Mouth-watering photos and easy instructions make Stanton’s cookbook debut perfect for new or experienced home cooks and people who love to entertain.

Nosh: Plant-Forward Recipes Celebrating Modern Jewish Cuisine

This may find its audience with those seeking to create inclusive meals that will appeal to a variety of eaters, specifically those with certain food allergies or otherwise special diets.

Classic French Recipes

An excellent, encouraging introduction to French home cooking by an author who combines the best culinary qualities of Gallic versions of Irma Rombauer and Fannie Farmer, with just a dash of Ratatouille’s beloved Chef Gusteau.

My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories

For those seeking a healthy mix of typical yet well-executed European-Jewish dishes, paired with less familiar while still intriguing options, this will be a sure hit.

Sugar Taco at Home: Plant-Based Mexican Recipes from Our L.A. Restaurant

A true reflection of the Sugar Taco brand provides the home chef with conscientious, earth-friendly, and delicious vegan Mexican food.

Roots, Heart, Soul: The Story, Celebration, and Recipes of Afro Cuisine in America

Richards delves into the foodways of his ancestors and, in doing so, highlights the Afro-diaspora and its delicious culinary heritage in the U.S. and beyond.

Sam the Cooking Guy and the Holy Grill: Easy & Delicious Recipes for Outdoor Grilling & Smoking

Even among other excellent guides, like How To Grill Everything by Mark Bittman and Smokin’ Hot in the South by Melissa Cookston, Zien’s exuberantly written cookbook will encourage readers to let out their inner caveperson and throw something tasty on the barbie.

Wild Sugar: Seasonal Sweet Treats Inspired by the Mountain West

Bakers with some experience in the kitchen, especially fans of the Pioneer Woman brand of cookbooks, will find both culinary and philosophical inspiration in this sweet debut.

Snoop Dogg Presents Goon with the Spoon

Snoop’s many fans will appreciate his latest recipe collection, but it’s also great for any home cook interested in preparing distinctive appetizers, cocktails, and main dishes.

French from the Market

A chicly styled, easily accessible guide to French home cooking.

Southern Fried Sass: A Queen’s Guide to Cooking, Decorating, and Living Just a Little “Extra.”

Minj’s many fans are familiar with her theatrical skills and her biting sense of humor, but it’s her personal strength and vulnerability that shine through in this book. Readers will enjoy both her insight and her witty storytelling about the people and places that shaped her career.

Friday Night Cocktails: 52 Drinks To Welcome Your Weekend

This is an excellent collection of cocktail recipes for beginners or for readers looking to try out new recipes. Makes a great addition to any collection.


Fix-It and Forget-It Soups & Stews: Nourishing Soups, Stews, Broths, Chilis & Chowders

These nourishing, homey dishes will appeal to readers hoping to add family-friendly foods to their repertoire without adding stovetop time.

Thoughtful Cooking: Recipes Rooted in the New South

Written with the same love and care as Bill Smith’s Seasoned in the South and Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots, Dissen’s irresistible tome of culinary love will be food for thought for readers seeking a grounded guide to cooking.


Bake Smart: Sweets and Secrets from My Oven to Yours

Seneviratne (The Joys of Baking) offers bakes with inventive twists, presented alongside mouthwatering images that will encourage even the most hesitant of bakers.

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen: A Love Letter from Damascus

Recipes that spotlight particular ingredients with vibrant tastes anchor this deeply personal refugee story and will remind readers of the power that food has to bring people together and help them heal.

Happy Skin Kitchen: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes To Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

Beautiful food for readers interested in exploring how a rainbow-filled plate might help fuel a glowing face and colorful health habits.

Rainbow Bowls: Easy, Delicious Ways To #EatTheRainbow

Readers looking for a chance to dip into vegan recipes and libraries wanting to offer a wider variety of cookbook options will appreciate this offering.

Saucy: 50 Recipes for Drizzly, Dunk-able, Go-To Sauces To Elevate Everyday Meals

James Peterson’s exhaustive Sauces continues to be the bible on this topic, but readers wishing to dip their culinary toes in to the world of sauces and sauce pairings will be well served by this excellent guide.

Misunderstood Vegetables: How To Fall in Love with Sunchokes, Rutabaga, Eggplant and More

Even with the bounty of excellent vegetable-focused cookbooks that are available (such as Deborah Madison’s brilliant Vegetable Literacy and Abra Berens’s thoughtful Ruffage), this effortlessly entertaining and endlessly empowering book deserves its own spot in every kitchen.

Make It Fancy: Cooking at Home with Sad Papi

Some of the recipes featured are complicated and have long prep times, so this cookbook is better suited for intermediate to advanced cooks with adventurous tendencies in the kitchen.

The Core of an Onion: Peeling the Rarest Common Food—Featuring More Than 100 Historical Recipes

A must purchase for both foodie patrons and fans of in-depth and compelling history.

Slow Food, Fast Cars: Casa Maria Luigia—Stories and Recipes

Even for readers who aren’t en route to Italy, these engaging stories and delicious recipes will give them a reason to visit the grocery store in search of porcini mushrooms, fresh figs, and all the tastes that make Casa Maria Luigia feel like both home and hotel to its guests.

The 20-Minute Vegan: Quick, Easy Food (That Just So Happens To Be Plant-Based)

Recommended as a different approach to vegan cooking, especially where Harris’s social media presence is popular.

Fermented Vegetables, 10th-Anniversary Edition: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 72 Vegetables, Fruits, & Herbs in Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Kimchis, Krauts, Pastes & Relishes

A thorough look at fermentation; a great book for beginners as well as seasoned enthusiasts.

The Noom Kitchen: 100 Healthy, Delicious, Flexible Recipes for Every Day

Designed as a companion for the Noom app, this book will give readers who enjoy the system simple recipes to add variety to their meals while staying within the basic framework of Noom’s guidelines.

Italian Snacking: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Hour of the Day

Gass shows her deep appreciation for and knowledge of Italian cuisine in this deftly written guide to small bites that pack a powerful flavor punch.

Vegan Party Planning: Easy Plant-Based Recipes and Exciting Dinner Party Themes

Whether they’re vegan because of ethical views or eat a largely plant-based diet for health reasons, readers will find recipes and ideas that suit them and their party-planning needs in Vranjican’s book. A delightful and helpful book with plenty to offer party planners that will also appeal to readers wanting to try some new vegan recipes.

Pinch of Nom Express: Fast, Delicious Food

A good choice for readers who enjoy the Pinch of Nom blog and libraries where the other cookbooks in the series circulate well.

The Ikaria Way: 100 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by My Homeland, the Greek Island of Longevity

In Kochilas’s adept hands, plant-based dining appears satisfying and accessible; a great choice for readers interested in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.

Preggatini’s: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be

A perfect gift for parents-to-be and good for libraries with robust mixology collections.

The Nourishing Asian Kitchen: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Health and Healing

For cooks with a bit more time to spare, these healthy, traditional dishes are worth the effort.

Vibrant Vegetables: 100+ Delicious Recipes Using 20+ Common Veggies

The gorgeous photography and sophisticated recipes will wow dedicated vegetarians as well as those looking for meatless options, making this a practical addition to library shelves.

The Wine List: Stories and Tasting Notes Behind the World’s Most Remarkable Bottles

This is a fascinating, story-filled volume that provides wine aficionados with an insider view, but it’s also a great read for anyone wanting more information about the world of wine.

Williams Sonoma at Home Favorites: 110+ Recipes from the Test Kitchen

A wonderfully produced volume filled with ideas and alternatives to help create meals with family and friends. Perfect for those with beginner or intermediate cooking skills, but with the many themes and variations on recipes, it may inspire more advanced cooks as well.

Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically

This collection will entertain and enlighten readers interested in food writing, environmental issues, and BIPOC experiences.

Anything’s Pastable: 81 Inventive Pasta Recipes for Saucy People

An excellent guide to saucy noodles by the delightfully zany and brilliantly insightful Pashman.

Come Hungry: Salads, Meals, and Sweets for People Who Live To Eat

This fresh, flavor-packed cookbook makes it easy to load up on vegetable-focused meals.

Dinner Tonight: 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes for Every Night of the Week

An excellent choice for home cooks looking for deliciously uncomplicated weeknight meals that can also be impressive enough for company.

Jane’s Patisserie: Deliciously Customizable Cakes, Bakes, and Treats

While there is no dearth of cookbooks dedicated to the yummy treats of Great Britain (the books by contestants and judges on the Great British Bake Off alone would fill a small-sized library), beginning bakers, especially fans of Dunn’s blog, will appreciate her approachable writing style and easy-to-follow recipes.

The Sweet Polish Kitchen: A Celebration of Home Baking and Nostalgic Treats

Infused with all the warmth and charm of a babcia, Behan’s excellent introduction to the best of classic and modern Polish baking is a true delight.


Cooking in Real Life: Delicious & Doable Recipes for Every Day

Heuck’s excellent debut cookbook is recommended for all public libraries.

The Heirloomed Kitchen: Made-from-Scratch Recipes To Gather Around for Generations

Fans of Ree Drummond’s “Pioneer Woman” culinary brand and Jill Winger’s “Prairie Homestead” books will find Schoenith’s charming debut to be an equally beguiling introduction to cooking good old-fashioned food and living a simpler life.

Code Noir: Afro-Caribbean Stories and Recipes

Informative and full of big flavors, this is a delicious and accessible introduction to Caribbean food for novices; will be a welcome addition to library shelves.

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