Best Books of 2018: Cookbooks

Seira Wilson on December 11, 2018
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NowAndAgain_200.jpgWe saw a fantastic range of culinary viewpoints in cookbooks this year.  Recipes from across the globe and our own backyard; some savory, some sweet, but all delicious.  Our top pick is Julia Turshen's Now & Again. As our cookbook curator Katy Ball so eloquently put it, Turshen's cookbook is both haute and home.  Leftovers are not the enemy, they are a star in Turshen's hands, and she offers menus for simple meals and amped up celebrations.  Now & Again is a cookbook that I see standing the test of time on the kitchen shelf, and acquiring blemishes of food bits and dog eared corners through many days of use. 

The rest of the Top 20 was really hard to choose--there have been so many great cookbooks this year--and below you'll find another five titles from the top 10.  You can see the full list here.


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SOUL: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards

Soul was our top pick for the first half of the year and it stayed at the top of the list to the end.  Richards' cookbook is beautiful to look at and his recipes are creative and bursting with flavor. Richards' pairs Southern soul classics with dishes that have familiar roots but his own unique twist, making this special cookbook one of the very best of 2018.



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Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

Last year we loved Teigen's debut cookbook, but didn't know what to expect for a second. Cravings: Hungry for More puts any skepticism about a supermodel-turned-cookbook-writer to rest with more delicious food and laid back attitude.


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Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook

The guys who brought us the James Beard award winning Zahav are back with a veritable travelogue of Isreal in recipes and anecdotes. The food is authentic, the recipes written with the home cook in mind, and everything tastes even better for knowing the story behind each dish.


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Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart by Timothy Pakron

A cookbook author who is also a food photographer, Timothy Pakron's Mississippi Vegan is first of all, gorgeous. But more importantly, it's the Southern, Cajun, flavors he gives to vegan recipes that makes this cookbook a real stand out.  Even those of us who don't eat vegan want to make and eat what's here.   


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Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Gina Homolka

Let's face it--for many of us, having time to create a special meal is not what's happening Monday through Friday. We're trying to put in a full day at the office, get kids picked up, and make something for dinner that's healthy and tastes great but can be on the table before 9 p.m...  Homolka understands, and she makes use of the latest time-saving appliances to give us exactly what we need in weeknight recipes.


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