Yes, we spend most of our days looking at recipes online and drooling over food photos on Instagram. But we still have a big soft spot for classic IRL cookbooks. They line our bookshelves, are piled on our kitchen counter and, if we’re being honest, litter our desks.
A good cookbook is about more than just flavorful, unique recipes. The author’s voice should be apparent throughout, putting a human face to what would otherwise just be a list of ingredients and instructions.
The following books do just that and more. You’ll be inspired to explore a world of cuisine you’ve never thought you’d be able to create in your own kitchen. But with a little inspiration and some clear directions, you’ll be on your way to feeling like you could write your own cookbook. Well, maybe that’s taking it a little far. But your dinner parties will become the stuff of legend in your social group if you can perfect even just a handful of dishes from these recently released cookbooks.
A version of this article was originally published December 2018.