NPR’s annual holiday cookbook roundup has just been released, showcasing overlooked gems, rightfully hyped showstoppers, and perfect bargains. This year’s top picks include three series worth exploring further: Food and Cooking of… by Anness Publishing (the Scandinavian edition is especially beautiful), Essential Cookbooks by Eater, and New Voices in Food by up-and-coming chefs. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I’m glad I bought a copy.
This encyclopedia of French cooking offers 500 traditional French recipes, making it an excellent choice for those new to the cuisine.
It is designed for beginners and includes practical sections like a glossary of terms, conversion tables, and cooking time guides. This cookbook is essential for beginners as it offers tips, useful cooking tips, and reliable recipes for a wide range of ingredients. While it isn’t perfect, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Another cookbook worth considering is The Moosewood Kitchen, by well-known chef Julia Moskin. This cookbook contains 125 recipes culled from the collective’s twelve spirited meal challenges, pitting the cooks’ strengths against each other. Its recipes are delicious and healthy, and you’ll find yourself mulling over it all year long. These two are among the best cookbooks of 2012 for vegans.
A food memoir is tricky to write, but this one has an added bonus: a great cookbook by a famous chef.
James Beard is another great culinary thinker, and his collection of essays and columns offers an excellent insight into the philosophy behind food and cooking. Its delicious recipes will make you want to cook for friends and family. If you’re interested in learning more about the world’s culinary traditions, The Best Cookbooks of 2012
Naomi Duguid’s Burma Cookbook focuses on the culture and cuisine of this nation. It is filled with stunning photographs, and it reveals the flavor of Burmese cuisine through the author’s own experiences in the country. Another cookbook from a Brooklyn deli, The New York Times bestseller by Noah and Rae Bernamoff, takes on Jewish comfort food with a modern eye. The couple is fascinated by the art of curing, smoking, and pickling meat.
The book is packed with everyday recipes and includes tips for healthy meal planning. Many recipes can be made with only five ingredients, which makes it easy for even novice cooks to get started. The book also includes a useful index of ingredients and food types. Moreover, readers rated the recipes easy to follow and delicious. Overall, the Best Cookbooks of 2012 include several new releases from top cookbook authors, including Jamie Oliver. They include the following cookbooks: