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The Art and Science of Sushi: A Comprehensive Guide to Ingredients, Techniques and Equipment

A carefully curated and deliciously styled reference work that’s appropriate for public and academic libraries. Readers will enjoy this gastronomic delight of food science, Japanese cuisine, and its cultural aspects.

Rachael’s Good Eats: Easy, Laid-Back, Nutrient-Rich Recipes

For libraries wishing to expand their cookbook collection with healthy and allergy-free focused works, this is a good choice, and DeVaux’s many Instagram fans will be looking for it.

Truly Simple: 140 Healthy Recipes for Weekday Cooking

Desirable for Cavallari fans and those looking for healthy or gluten-free options. Purchase where there is interest.

Saved by the Bellini: & Other 90s-Inspired Cocktails

Whether one decides to make the Sanderson Sister Sour (based on the 1993 classic film Hocus Pocus), the Apple Mac-Tini, the Salt-n-Pepa Lemonade, the Pumps (inspired by Marty McFly’s sneakers in Back to the Future 2), or the Yabba Dabba Doo (a Flintstones Push Up drink), readers won’t be disappointed by the ’90s nostalgia the book evokes alongside top-notch drink-making techniques.

Ever-Green Vietnamese: Super-Fresh Recipes, Starring Plants from Land and Sea

Detailed instructions and tantalizing recipes make this an excellent book for those wanting to incorporate plant-based options in Vietnamese cooking.

That Cheese Plate Wants To Party: Festive Boards, Spreads, and Recipes with the Cheese by Numbers Method

A gorgeous and helpful resource for anyone just starting out with cheese boards that takes readers from basic prep to boards or grazing tables, with all of the necessary steps in between.

LEON Big Salads

A diversity of recipes with big flavor and vibrant energy will make this a hit with library patrons.

Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew

Although Twitty’s latest is rather uneven, it is enhanced by his engaging narration. Share with listeners looking for an original analysis of food and cultural history.

My Vermont Table: Recipes for All (Six) Seasons

This is an utterly charming title that delivers a sense of place with its beauty and narrative, but its wow factor comes from Bullock-Prado’s recipes, which are pure Vermont.

Mind over Batter: 75 Recipes for Baking as Therapy

Hazan’s point of view is simple, comforting, and helpful for those in need of some talk therapy, with the added bonus of baked goods.

The Wiley Canning Company Cookbook: Recipes To Preserve the Seasons

This is not the first canning book one should add to the collection (see the books from Ball for that), but it could very well be the gateway book that starts readers down a path of preserving.

Totally Kosher: Tradition with a Twist! 150+ Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day

Fans of Apfelbaum’s popular blog Busy in Brooklyn already know this is a must-have cookbook for kosher kitchens, but it’s also a breath of fresh air for cooks looking for big flavors and a fun voice.

Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family

A strong work from a gifted writer; recommended for medium to large public libraries or for communities.

Have You Eaten Yet?: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World

Kwan’s juicy descriptions of food and travel can immerse the casual listener, but there’s also plenty of meat for the socially conscious.

Did You Eat Yet?: Craveable Recipes from an All-American Asian Chef

This first cookbook from chef and food TV personality Woo is a fun and wonderful introduction to his cooking, appropriate for all skill levels.

More Than Cake: 100 Baking Recipes Built for Pleasure and Community

Best for those who like slow, meditative bakes and unique ingredient combinations.

Sweet Enough: A Baking Book

Those who like a more casual, carefree approach to baking will appreciate this, where the aim is for a delicious, not perfect, result.

A Cook’s Book: The Essential Nigel Slater

Slater’s warmly nourishing paean to the joys of food and cooking definitely earns its place on cook’s shelves next to other contemporary classics like Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year and Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat.

The Indonesian Table

A good read for home cooks looking to expand their knowledge of Indonesian cuisine along with their palate.

Cucina Povera: The Italian Way of Transforming Humble Ingredients into Unforgettable Meals

Italian cooking that delves deep into traditions and rustic cuisine will be a hit with patrons looking for challenging recipes that go beyond pasta.

Provence, the Cookbook: Recipes from the French Mediterranean

A charming and beautiful reflection on days gone by and the food history of a family and a region; will be appreciated by readers looking for the warmth of the French Mediterranean sun on the library shelf.

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain

Interest in Bourdain continues to be high; expect this audiobook to be popular among library patrons.

Anyone Can Cake: Your Complete Guide to Making & Decorating Perfect Layer Cakes

Packed with tips and troubleshooting guides, DePaoli’s book is an all-in-one manual for both the new and veteran baker that will take their cakes from flop to fabulous in no time.

Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed

The recipes mirror Balingit’s creativity and the world around her all while delivering unique flavors that will satisfy those looking for nostalgia or something new from their oven.

Veganistan: A Vegan Tour of the Middle East & Beyond

Readers will delight in this work, with its wide range of offerings, eclectic text, and personable tone.

Celebrate with Babs: Holiday Recipes & Family Traditions

This collection of easy-to-follow recipes and holiday ideas will please both new and veteran cooks and is recommended for all libraries.

A Table Full of Love: Recipes To Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate & Everything Else in Between

Whether readers are looking for the perfect dish to woo or a way to comfort through food, McAlpine provides the tools and recipes to say it with love from a kitchen.


Armchair travelers and fans of the brand will enjoy this title cover to cover, and serious home chefs will delight in the multifaceted, complex yet rewarding recipes. Instructions are in metric measurements, which will detract for some readers but not devotees.

A Generous Meal: Modern Recipes for Dinner

Flynn may be Canada’s best-kept secret, with her laidback attitude, entertaining chops, and deceptively simple dishes. She will be a popular fresh new voice for cookbook shelves.

Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the New Orleans Streets to the Table

Part memoir, part cookbook, this is a work that readers will devour cover to cover in between trying Boudy’s recipes in the kitchen. Boudy fans will come for the memoir and stay for the food, while other library patrons will come for the recipes and be delighted by Boudy’s journey.

The Everlasting Meal Cookbook: Leftovers A–Z

Unique and practical, Adler’s title encourages home cooks to achieve what seems impossible: clean out the fridge, not into the garbage but into an appealing meal.

Somebody Feed Phil, the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes

A charming feast for the ears, to be devoured by armchair travelers, home cooks, and anyone who loves food, people, and stories.

Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations

Charismatic Brown makes this audio cookbook a good bet for public libraries, especially where vegan cooking is popular.

California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival

Corbin’s gritty and forthright book is perfect for fans of chef memoirs like Notes from a Young Black Chef and Kitchen Confidential.

My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

This somewhat uneven but scrumptious essay collection will please foodies and non-foodies alike.

Nourishing Vegan Every Day: Simple, Plant-Based Recipes Filled with Color and Flavor

This inviting and engaging collection is a strong choice for public libraries. It is the kind of book readers are happy to discover as it hits the sweet spot of inspiration and usefulness.

6 Spices, 60 Dishes: Indian Recipes That Are Simple, Fresh, and Big on Taste

A study in doing more with less, Kahate’s book delivers realistic weeknight recipes that will satisfy a wide audience; it’s a great introduction to Indian flavors.

Foodwise: A Fresh Approach to Nutrition with 100 Delicious Recipes

A good mix of guidance and recipes. Rigden’s expertise and compassion may make readers feel that they are in her kitchen and have a friend who supports them.

Cocktail Time! The Ultimate Guide to Grown-Up Fun

Feig’s charm and humor elevate this book above the typical how-to-make-cocktails guide. Highly recommended for public library collections.

On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World

Recommended for readers who want not only to make curry from a variety of cultures but also to understand the scope of this far-reaching fare.

60-Second Cocktails: Amazing Drinks To Make at Home in a Minute

A great choice for the amateur home bartender either looking to master cocktail basics or to step up their game and make drinks to impress.

Boards and Bites: Food Styling and Homemade Recipes for Elegant Party Planning

This book is a feast for the eyes. Perfect for home entertainers or professional party planners who want to go the extra mile to create a memorable charcuterie board.

The Game Night Cookbook: Snacks, Noshes, and Drinks for Good Times

While many of the recipes are not especially unique, they are quick and easy for game nights, parties, or just an evening with friends.

Sugar High: 50 Recipes for Cannabis Desserts

Sayegh’s thoughtful approach to cannabis edibles, combined with the wide variety of delicious desserts, makes this an excellent choice for home cooks interested in incorporating cannabis into sweet treats.

Feed These People: Slam-Dunk Recipes for Your Crew

Cooks of all skill levels can come for the recipes and stay for the laughs and life lessons. This must-have for every cookbook collection is one to savor and enjoy.

Midcentury Cocktails: History, Lore, and Recipes from America’s Atomic Age

Tichi offers an entertaining, playful view of life in this era and how the drinks culture fed into it. The recipes here are nothing new, but that is not really the point of this book designed to celebrate the period.

The Sustainable Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: More Than 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes To Reduce Food Waste, Eat in Season, and Help the Earth

While focused on Mediterranean ingredients, this reads and cooks as a general recipe collection. It will please many with its range of offerings, eco-focus, and nutrition details.

The Instant® Air Fryer Bible: 125 Simple Step-by-Step Recipes To Make the Most of Every Instant® Air Fryer

Purchase where air-fryer cookbooks are popular.

Fake Meat: Real Food for Vegan Appetites

Vegans looking to start from scratch and create homemade meat and dairy alternatives will be impressed by the wide variety of plant-based options found here and will enjoy the many comfort food staples.

The Don’t Panic Pantry Cookbook: Mostly Vegetarian Comfort Food That Happens To Be Pretty Good for You

The friendly, inspirational style makes this accessible to nearly all. For most cookbook collections.

Good Housekeeping One-Pot Magic: 180 Warm & Wonderful Recipes

A recommended title for those looking to make the most of their kitchen appliances.

Simple and Delicious Vegan: 100 Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes Created by ElaVegan

Vais has produced a cookbook that will please foodies and have even the most skeptical omnivores coming back for seconds.

The Blue Zones American Kitchen: 100 Recipes To Live to 100

Some of Buettner’s claims are perhaps heavy-handed (e.g., the book will add years to one’s life), but the recipes and the stories behind them showcase what’s best about food culture: its deeply rooted, community-building practices and the health benefits that accrue from eating in reflective, purposeful ways.

Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us

Suffused with facts, fun, and recipes, food and history enthusiasts will love this book.

The Mediterranean Meal Plan Cookbook: Simple, Nutritious Recipes To Eat Well, Feel Great and Look Fabulous

Those searching for an easy and delicious plan to inspire healthier eating will find a great deal to love about this cookbook.

The Vegan Week: Meal Prep Recipes To Feed Your Future Self

Hamshaw’s collection of balanced, bountiful recipe templates will add vibrancy to any time-crunched cook’s repertoire, vegan or not.

Parks and Recreation Galentine’s Day: The Official Guide to Friendship, Fun, and Cocktails

This is everything readers would expect in an official guide composed of recipes and crafts from the show. Gather some friends, and enjoy!

Downshiftology Healthy Meal Prep: 100+ Make-Ahead Recipes and Quick-Assembly Meals; A Gluten-Free Cookbook

Recommended for all public libraries

The Complete Guide to Healthy Drinks: Powerhouse Ingredients, Endless Combinations

This inclusive title is a good choice for librarians looking for one book on the subject. Its very scope allows it to be many things to many people.

Allergic Intimacies: Food, Disability, Desire, and Risk

This book should be a part of academic research and college classrooms.

Best of Vegan: 100 Recipes That Celebrate Comfort, Culture, and Community

The popular blog comes to life in this upbeat and fun cookbook that will be a hit with nouveau vegans looking for satisfying fare.

Simple Fancy: A Chef’s Big-Flavor Recipes for Easy Weeknight Cooking

Sure to please readers who know their way around the kitchen but feel their dishes are a bit mundane. Santos provides the inspiration to create simple yet high-end eats.

Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women

Despite the moments of slightly rocky narration, this is a captivating glimpse into the lives of nine creative, world-changing women that will appeal to both foodies and feminists.

Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.

Eat Up!

This empathetic and timely listen will inspire and inform. A celebration of food and humanity that will be welcomed by anyone wishing to embrace the notion that eating can be both pleasure and self-care.

Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: Recipes & Tales from the Ancient Culture

Recommended as an essential introduction to a distinctive foodway. The stunning visuals and delicious food, combined with rich history and stories, create a unique glimpse into Parsi culture.

Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes: Over 60 Classic Cakes, Desserts and Savoury Bakes

Dell’Anno’s debut will appeal to more than just Bake Off fans, with plenty of enticing recipes for the home baker who wants a taste of Italy.

Fieldwork: A Forager’s Memoir

Regan’s latest work may very well surpass the critical success and praise of her debut in 2019. Her honesty is captivating, and her writing creates a tangible experience that is remarkable and unforgettable. This is a story many readers will not want to miss.

Motherland: A Jamaican Cookbook

Readers will relish the research and detail Thompson put into her ode to her beloved Jamaica through its food and history.

Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir

An alluring and tasty drinking companion for lovers of film noir.

Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes To Make at Home

An information-packed delight. This is a book to give as a housewarming gift, treasure in one’s kitchen where it will quickly become flour and lox stained, and to make sure is in every library collection.

Le Cordon Bleu Bakery School: 80 Step-by-Step Recipes for Bread and Viennoiseries

Bread bakers looking to up their game with pro level baking will appreciate having Le Cordon Bleu’s recipes and methods adapted for the home kitchen, although some additional effort in sourcing ingredients and converting temperatures from Celsius will be necessary for American bakers.

All About Cookies: A Milk Bar Baking Book

A good addition to any comprehensive baking collection (as both a guide and an enjoyable read).

Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours

Recommended for libraries with sizeable cookbook collections or regional interest.

The Woks of Life: Recipes To Know and Love from a Chinese American Family

Covering a huge range of dishes and then some, this cookbook will thrill fans of the blog and appeal to cooks of all skill levels, including those looking for a challenge.

Vegan Africa: Plant-Based Recipes from Ethiopia to Senegal

Generously illustrated with stunning color photos, this wonderful blend of African vegan recipes is sure to entice.

What’s for Dessert: Simple Recipes for Dessert People

Saffitz continues to convert cooks to bakers and wow the experienced with her charm, fun recipes, and excellent instruction in a book that is sure to become a classic. A must-buy.

Showstopping Cakes: Mastering the Art and Science of Baking

Featuring many elaborately decorated cakes meant to impress, this is best for ambitious bakers hoping to recreate some Bake Off magic at home.

Bliss on Toast: 75 Simple Recipes

Low-carb diet devotees aside, most readers will find a wide range of yummy things to munch on in Leith’s bliss-inducing carbo-centric cookbook.

The Pasta Queen: A Just Gorgeous Cookbook

This “just gorgeous” cookbook is truly that, and its assortment of recipes will please a variety of readers looking for bona fide Italian food for all occasions.

Is This a Cookbook?: Adventures in the Kitchen

Perfect as an introduction to gastronomy, Blumenthal’s quirky and readable book will delight fans and create new ones.

The Complete Modern Pantry: 350+ Ways To Cook Well with What’s on Hand

Extremely practical and full of resources; bound to fly off library shelves.

The Best American Food Writing 2022

Everyone who eats will find some entertainment here, but it’s a must-read for readers of food writing who will not want to miss any of the insights found in these selections.

My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

Recommended for lovers of food and essays.

The Complete Language of Food: A Definitive & Illustrated History

This can work as a beautifully illustrated browse, but it will also serve well as a reference for reports and foodie patrons.

Sundays with Sophie: Flay Family Recipes for Any Day of the Week

The Flays have slayed it with a casual family cookbook that covers the basics for beginners, but it is full of surprises for veteran home chefs.

Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes

Full of charming gouache illustrations and a wonderful friendly tone to the text. Public-library patrons will like this one.

Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen

A wonderfully written and beautifully produced book. In keeping with Ghetto Gastro’s multidisciplinary approach, this volume will offer readers an engaging excursion into food history and culture, with a myriad of appealing recipes. Best for those interested in culinary and cultural histories.

Chetna’s Easy Baking: With a Twist of Spice

Anyone well versed in British terms and ingredients and equipped with traybake tins will find this another appealing offering from Makan.

Studio Ghibli Cookbook: Unofficial Recipes Inspired by Spirited Away, Ponyo, and More!

Call it rereading by eating: this book will please Studio Ghibli buffs. It might not circulate from the stacks, but put it alongside the films or on a page-to-screen display, and fans will delight in finding it.

Serendipity: A History of Accidental Culinary Discoveries

These short, casual interviews about serendipitous food discoveries mix fact and lore to provide an entertaining collection that food connoisseurs will enjoy. With no sources included beyond the experts being interviewed, this reads more like an oral history, lovingly preserved in book form.

Chinese-ish: Home Cooking, Not Quite Authentic, 100% Delicious

Kaul and Hu have written an excellent introduction to Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine, recommended for intermediate to advanced cooks. Readers who just love reading cookbooks, even if they never step foot in the kitchen, won’t want to miss it either.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things

Long-standing Ottolenghi fans will find plenty of new favorites, while the title also serves as an accessible introduction for newcomers to his style and methods. Highly recommended for library collections.

Persiana Everyday: Easy Everyday Dishes

Ghayour delivers the flavor she is known for, in a simple weeknight-friendly package that will please fans and families.

Mamacita: Recipes Celebrating Life as a Mexican Immigrant in America

With a solid variety of nostalgic Mexican staples, Pons offers an accessible introduction to traditional Mexican dishes that are sure to please. Most of the recipes are less than a page in length with easy-to-follow instructions and generally easy-to-find ingredients. A great choice for cookbook collections.

Spanish at Home: Feasts & Sharing Plates from Iberian Kitchens

All libraries should have a range of Iberian cookbooks on the shelf, and Warren’s will be useful for multiple reasons, be it planning a fiesta or themed party featuring food from this part of Spain, or learning more about the region’s foodways.

(Serious) New Cook: Recipes, Tips, and Techniques

Sure to be a winner, with lovely pictures, clear and cheerful prose, and the promise of tasty food.

Cocktails in Color: A Spirited Guide to the Art and Joy of Drinkmaking

This is a gem of a book: useful, lovely to page through, and instructive. It will be as welcome in the kitchen as on the nightstand, and readers will be delighted to find it on the shelf.

Super Soul Food with Cousin Rosie: 100+ Modern Twists on Comfort Food Classics

This collection of fun and flavorful recipes will be a hit with patrons. Established fans of Mayes will clamor for the new recipes, while those just discovering her cooking will appreciate her modern yet practical twists on classics.

Tanya Holland’s California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West

Lovely food, resonant history, and high production values make Holland’s latest a can’t-miss book.


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