5 Awesome Cookbooks to Cure the Kitchen Blues
(Pssst: They also make great gifts!)
We could all use a little inspo in the kitchen these days. Luckily, a diverse slate of fabulous cookbook releases was one of the rare highlights of 2020.
Here are five of my favourite new titles this year. Wrap up any of them for the cook or baker in your life, and reap the delicious rewards.
In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen showcases the cooking of East Africa through recipes (largely vegetarian, often vegan) from matriarchal home cooks of the region. The lush photographs and interviews with each bibi, or grandmother, including their cooking tips, make this book an absolute treasure.
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz, a pastry chef, YouTube star and contributing editor at Bon Appétit, is full of sweet-savoury recipes, practical dos and don’ts, detailed tips and step-by-step photographs for more complicated methods.
East by Meera Sodha
East by Meera Sodha, who writes a vegan cooking column for The Guardian, pulls together vibrant, meat-free weeknight-cooking recipes from throughout Asia.
The Hunter Chef Cookbook by Michael Hunter
The Hunter Chef Cookbook by Toronto chef and restaurateur Michael Hunter celebrates wild, native ingredients in over 100 recipes (divided into Large Game, Small Game, Fish and Forage sections with — eep! — butchery guides) backed by stunning landscape photography.