25 Cookbooks to Buy in 2022
January 11, 2022
Every year, this is my favorite post to put together. You see, I am a self-proclaimed cookbook addict, and I want you to join me in expanding your own library. I’ve put together a collection of books this year featuring delicious recipes, gorgeous inspiration, culinary stories, food science, and more. And trust me, it was a tough year to pare these down to just these 25 cookbooks to buy.
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My own taste in cookbooks has evolved slightly as I’ve built up my collection. Originally, I was looking for the basics to stock my empty bookshelves. And then it turned into more specialized topics, deep reads, and expanding my knowledge outside of my own comfort zone. I invite you to do the same with this list.
If you are starting from scratch, take a look back at my previous years’ lists: 2019, 2020, and 2021, for a whole bunch of cookbooks you are sure to love. You can also shop my library to add the books I already have to your own collection. Now let’s see what we’ve got in store for this year!
Books About Baking
You know I couldn’t make a list without a handful of baking books. After all, it’s my favorite genre to flip through, get inspired by, and experiment with. Plus, the stunning photos of cakes, pastries, and other decadent treats are pretty hard to pass up.
1. Baking With Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
Sweet, Salty & Simple; 400 pages; Released October 19, 2021
Sample Recipes: Mochaccino Muffins, Lemon Meringue Layer Cake, S’mores Ice Cream Cake, and Biscoff Peanut Paris Cookies
2. A Bake for All Seasons by Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, and the Bakers from the Great British Baking Show
288 Pages; Released November 30, 2021
Sample Recipes: Cherry Blossom Shortbreads, Super Seeded Soda Bread, Chocolate and Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Brownies, and Tropical Pavlova
3. The Ultimate Baking for One Cookbook by Kelly Jaggers
175 Super Easy Recipes Made Just for You; 240 Pages; Released November 30, 2021
Sample Recipes: Brown Sugar Pecan Breakfast Cookies, Dulce de Leche Blondies, Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts, and Fresh Strawberry Pie
4. Baking Science by Dikla Levy Frances
Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More; 192 Pages; Releasing March 22, 2022
Sample Recipes: Triple Coconut Cake, Almond Chocolate Pound Cake, Funfetti Cheesecake, and more!
5. The Nordic Baker by Sofia Nordgren
Plant-Based Bakes and Seasonal Stories from a Kitchen in the Heart of Sweden; 224 Pages; Releasing February 15, 2022
Sample Recipes: Raspberry Cardamom Cupcakes, Saffron Buns, Lingonberry Roll Cake, and Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Vegetable & Plant-Forward
I’ve been eating about 80% vegetarian for the last few years, and throughout that time I’ve made a major discovery: vegetables are delicious. Not only that, but they are the perfect palette for creativity in the kitchen. The colors, flavors, and textures are versatile, and I keep finding more ways to love vegetables thanks to my growing collection of books about them.
1. The Weekday Vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstrach
100 Recipes and a Real-Life Plan for Eating Less Meat; 256 Pages; Released August 31, 2021
Sample Recipes: Artichoke Dip Pizza, Cider-Braised Cabbage Wedges with Polenta, Crispy Smoky Tofu Sandwiches, and Hot Honey Brussels Sprouts
2. Milk Street Vegetables by Christopher Kimball
250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season; 416 Pages; Released November 16, 2021
Sample Recipes: Charred Zucchini and Tahini Dip, Upside-Down Tomato Tart, Cabbage and Roasted Pepper Slaw with Pickled Raisins, and Broccolini with Sesame Miso Sauce
3. Provecho by Edgar Castrejón
100 Vegan Mexican Recipes to Celebrate Culture and Community; 256 Pages; Released October 12, 2021
Sample Recipes: Frijoles Colombiano, Lentil-Cauliflower Empanadas, Jackfruit Tinga Tostadas, and Oat Milk Horchata
4. Running on Veggies by Lottie Bildirici
Plant-Powered Recipes for Fueling and Feeling Your Best; 256 Pages; Released January 11, 2022
Sample Recipes: Baked Pumpkin Quinoa with Apple and Figs, Spicy Peanut Tofu Pad Thai, and Radicchio and Jicama Chopped Salad with Grapefruit
5. Mind Food by Lauren Lovatt
Plant-based recipes for positive mental health; 192 Pages; Releasing February 15, 2022
Sample Recipes: Cacao Baked Beetroots and Sizzling Courgettes with Tzatziki
Lately, I’ve been digging deeper into the science behind food and cooking. But I’ve come to realize that I always love the stories, the adventures, and the inspiration behind recipe development. Are you the type who loves storytelling and always reads the recipe headers in your cookbooks? Then these selections are perfect for your library.
1. Cheese, Wine, and Bread by Katie Quinn
Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France; 384 Pages; Released April 27, 2021
Sample Section Titles: The Science of Melting Cheese, In Vino Veritas, The Clue to Everything, and Hands in the Dough
2. Gastro Obscura by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras
A Food Adventurer’s Guide; 448 Pages; Released October 12, 2021
Sample Section Titles: Indian Curry in Britain, The Breakout Designer Apple, and The Hidden History of the Nutmeg Island Traded for Manhattan
3. Girly Drinks by Mallory O’Meara
A World History of Women and Alcohol; 384 Pages; Released October 19, 2021
Sample Section Titles: Cleopatra and Her Inimitable Liver, The Vodka Empire of Catherine the Great, and The Joy Spence Anniversary Blend
4. The Vegan Butcher by Zacchary Bird
The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat; 304 Pages; Released November 23, 2021
Sample Section Titles: Not So Poultry, Red Herring, and Where’s the Beef?
5. How We Eat by Paco Underhill
The Brave New World of Food and Drink; 256 Pages; Released January 4, 2022
Sample Section Titles: The Supermarket of Virtue, A Basil Grows in Brooklyn, and Drinking in America
Hey foodies, whatcha reading? Here are 25 cookbooks that will add stories, science, and some absolutely delicious treats to your kitchen bookshelf this year!
Sometimes I choose a cookbook entirely based on the author, and I have yet to have any regrets. When you find a celebrity, chef, blogger, or recipe developer who just seems to get your soul, don’t let them go. Hunt down everything they write, and keep up with the “coming soon.” Here’s a few from the voices I like to follow.
1. Black Food by Bryant Terry
Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora; 320 Pages; Released October 19, 2021
Sample Recipes: Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes, Dirty South Hot Tamales with Cilantro Sauce, and Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie
2. Rebel Homemaker by Drew Barrymore
Food, Family, Life; 240 Pages; Released November 2, 2021
Sample Recipes: Drew’s Harissa Spaghetti, Squash Gratin with Cashew Cream, Pairs with Everything Salad, and Sunrise Quinoa Porridge
3. Dessert Can Save the World by Christina Tosi
Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence; 240 Pages; Releasing March 8, 2022
Sample Recipes: None revealed yet!
4. The Wok by J. Kenji López-Alt
Recipes and Techniques; 672 Pages; Releasing March 8, 2022
Sample Recipes: Kung Pao Chicken, Pad Thai, and San Francisco-Style Garlic Noodles
5. Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi
Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer; 256 Pages; Released November 2, 2021
Sample Recipes: Savory Oat Porridge with Ginger-Garlic Crumbs, Tabbouleh Fritters with Quick Chili Sauce, and Spiced Butternut Mash with Pancake Omelettes
Mixology & Cocktails
Don’t leave out your bar when it comes to a well-rounded cookbook collection. Just like a choice beverage accompaniment can make for the perfect brunch, a good cocktail book can take your hosting to the next level. Plus, liquor, drinking, and cocktails have such a storied and fun history, there’s always something interesting to learn.
1. Death & Co. Welcome Home by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
A Cocktail Recipe Book; 320 Pages; Released November 16, 2021
Sample Recipes: Coffee Bean-Infused Campari, Habanero Tincture, Monarch Julep, and Rhapsody in Blue
2. Nectar of the Gods by Liv Albert and Thea Engst
From Hera’s Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 Mythical Cocktails to Drink Like a Deity; 160 Pages; Releasing February 22, 2022
Sample Recipes: Eros on the Beach, Bacchic Muddled Maenad Sangria, and Labooze of Heracles
3. Can I Mix You a Drink by T-PAIN and Maxwell Britten
144 Pages; Released November 2, 2021
Sample Recipes: Shawty, 1 Up, and 5 O’Clock and others named after T-PAIN songs
4. San Francisco Cocktails by Trevor Felch
An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City by the Bay; 400 Pages; Released November 30, 2021
Sample Recipes: Gold Mountain, Tommy’s Margarita, and Irish Coffee
5. Black Mixcellence by Tamika Hall and Colin Asare-Appiah
A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology; 144 Pages; Releasing June 7, 2022
Sample Recipes: None released yet, but this book will feature stories about notable trailblazers and their signature cocktails
Which of these cookbooks has made it onto your wish list? Let me know with a comment, so we can read and cook along together!