Best Cookbooks of 2017

Seira Wilson on November 22, 2017

SmittenInterior200.jpgThis year we saw favorite cookbook authors return, discovered bright debuts, and enjoyed some really terrific food writing.  All of this is reflected in our list of the Top 20 Best Cookbooks of 2017.  Below is a sort of mini-tasting menu of the overall list of the twenty books we thought stood out from the crowd this year.

Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen Every Day is our pick for the number one cookbook of the year--you'll see why below and check back for a recipe road test excerpt from the book.

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

This is Perelman's follow-up to her debut cookbook Smitten Kitchen and it made the top of our list because this is a cookbook for anyone who appreciates a beautiful meal, simply prepared.  Smitten Kitchen Every Day is accessible for the kitchen novice but her flavors and style will speak to the most professional of home cooks.

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Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden

After this debut cookbook, I look forward to seeing more from chef/farmer/author Joshua McFadden.  Six Seasons takes the seasonal cookbook one step further with recipes for preparing vegetables to draw out their best at every growth stage--starting with the veggies at their naked best and moving into recipes that draw out changing flavors with different cooking methods and ingredients.  Another must-have, this is a cookbook that you can give anyone and won't want to be without.

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

This was our top cookbook for the first half of 2017 and it's stayed on top all year. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is like going to culinary school through the pages of a book, learning from a really fun, smart, and brilliant teacher who imparts kitchen wisdom to last a lifetime.  Once you read this special cookbook, your confidence level in the kitchen will skyrocket...

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Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook by Urvashi Pitre

I can't tell you how many Instant Pot® cookbooks have crossed my desk, and many look more or less alike.  The Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook stands out from the crowd and makes a cuisine that many may find intimidating to cook at home as easy as the machine itself.

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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty
Southern food is having a moment again, and it's a diverse culinary landscape with roots that cross cultures.  In  The Cooking Gene, Twitty traces his own ancestry in a unique memoir rich with history and food.  Soul food, barbecue--dishes we love and dishes that have come from times of hardship and plenty--Twitty shows us how through food we can find understanding and a new way of looking at why Southern food is so often the comfort we crave.

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