Like a good book, a delicious meal is a great comfort. It’s a cure-all, and when shared with loved ones it’s the ultimate entertainment. It’s no coincidence that cookbooks can be as treasured and dog-eared as favorite novels.
Cookbooks have long been coveted, collected and passed down through generations, but today’s culinary literature has come a long way from your mother’s Joy of Cooking (though it’s still a staple in my kitchen). Often complete with heartfelt stories and vibrant photography, modern cookbooks have evolved into carefully curated works of art full of recipes for modern lifestyles.
Our search for the latest and greatest modern cookbooks started with the James Beard Foundation, a pillar in the gastronomical community that recognizes culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields, with specific award categories for cookbooks. Many of the featured books and their authors are JBF nominees and winners. We've also selected the latest works from celebrity chefs and cookbooks that are generating a lot of buzz in the foodie world for their fresh and innovative approaches.
From Israel to Brazil, through America, Britain and on to the Mediterranean, these books will take you on a culinary tour led by world-famous chefs, award-winning restaurateurs, artisan bakers, and even acclaimed food writers.