This was a great year for cookbooks, and whittling down a list of just 10 was hard for me to do. This kind of list, like any best-of selection, says as much if not more about the proclivities of its compiler than it does about the specific books selected. I’m a home cook; I cook most nights, usually without a plan. I’m very bad at following recipes, because I get frustrated if I don’t have all of the ingredients on hand. So while I follow baking recipes religiously, I look to cookbooks for inspiration and information, for new ideas, for unfamiliar flavors or pairings or techniques, and sometimes for something as simple as a good story. According to those parameters, here are my ten favorite new cookbooks from 2015.
Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California by Travis Lett
If I could stock my pantry with all the simple-to-make condiments in the first chapter of this book, I think I’d be set for a year of home cooking and improvisation. I’d also be prepared to make all of the inspired, remarkably compelling market-driven recipes in this gorgeous book that features the very best examples—from salads to sweets—of just how we want to eat right now.
- Best Wine Books of 2015 (and Who to Give Them To)
- Editor's Choice: F&W's 10 Best Dessert Recipes of 2015
- 5 Best Meals of 2015
Food 52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore
This is truly a best of the best of the best compilation, culled from Miglore’s award-winning weekly column on Food 52 that features clever, sometimes surprising, always home-cook-accessible recipes. Some of them are already in the pantheon of timeless classics—like Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce with onion and butter. It’s a supereclectic collection jam-packed with recipes you’ll want to make again and again.