20 Cookbooks for Making Authentic Cuisine from Around the World
Treat your tastebuds to the real deal. Each of these cookbooks is full of authentic recipes from places like Cuba, Italy, Thailand and China.
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Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking
by Bonnie Frumpkin Morales and Deena Prichep
InKachka, youll find old school Russian and Soviet dishes made new. Fruit dumplings, creamy beet soup and stuffed cabbage may seem old fashioned at first but the authors refresh these dishes, turning them into must-makes for any home cook. And dont skip out on the chapter on zakuska, the Russian take on appetizers. Theyre a great way to get started with Russian cooking.
Notable recipe:Apple Ponchiki with Thyme Sugar, a type of Russian doughnut that might just replace your regular cider doughnut recipe
My Wild Atlantic Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections
by Maura OConnell Foley
Authentic Irish cuisine is so much more than brown breadand potatoes. InMy Wild Atlantic Kitchen, Maura OConnell Foley dives into what authentic cooking looks like for the Irish today. That often means using the most seasonal ingredients from the Irish countryside and fresh finds from the Atlantic, which surrounds the island.
Notable recipe:Dover Sole Stuffed with Atlantic Prawns showcases Mauras affinity and mastery of seafood.
The Africa Cookbook
by Jessica B. Harris
InThe Africa Cookbook, scholar Jessica B. Harris explores not only traditional recipes from across the continent but contemporary versions of these classics. Youll find new recipes worth celebrating alongside historical photos and storiesa combination that makes you feel welcome and eager to get into the kitchen to stir up Algerian Potatoes with Mint Leaves or Nigerian Tomato and Okra Salad.
Notable recipe:Suya, a traditional street food from Nigeria spiced with ginger, cayenne and paprikayou can try our version of beef suya while you wait on your copy to arrive.
Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen
by Gonzalo Guzmn and Stacy Adimando
This James Beard Award-winning cookbook is full of more than 100 authentic Mexican dishes. Youll recognize some Mexican favorites inNopalito, like tacos al pastor and chilaquiles, but will find some new-to-you dishes as well. Explore what the different regions of Mexico have to offer and enjoy a tour from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Notable recipe:Caldo Tlalpeo, a chicken soup studded with avocado and queso fresco thats both comforting and spicy
by Kate Leahy, Ara Zada and John Lee
Named for the soft, unleavened bread common on Armenian tables,Lavash happily dives into all the ways to enjoy the regions signature (hint: there are dozens of ways from soups, stews, salads and even baklava). Armenian food is unique but borrows some flavors and techniques from the Middle East, Mediterranean and even Russia so fans of these cuisines will find familiar ingredients in this book.
Notable recipe:Bean Lavash Triangles, which are fried parcels filled with beans, fresh herbs and onions that make for a crunchy, satisfying snack (see one of the authors make the recipe here)
Wild Honey and Rye: Modern Polish Recipes
by Ren Behan
InWild Honey and Rye, writer and cook Ren Behan shows that Polish cuisine is so much more than heavy staples like cabbage and potato. This cookbook is full of recipes that embrace seasonality and fresh produce while incorporatingkuchnia staropolski (traditional Polish cooking techniques). And dont skip the chapter on infused vodka. Flavored spirits are absolutely traditional and exceptionally delicious.
Notable recipe:Plum and Poppy Seed Cake, a not-too-sweet cake perfect with a cup of tea
Rose Water and Orange Blossoms
by Maureen Abood
InRose Water and Orange Blossoms, Maureen Abood explores her Lebanese-American upbringing through traditional ingredients like lamb, lentils, mint, pistachios and cinnamon as well as the titular ingredients. Maureen shares stories of her family as well as recipes for tabbouleh, kofta and hummusand thats just the start.
Notable recipe:Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad, a celebration of fresh tomatoes paired with mint, lemon and garlicMaureen shares the recipe on her blog
Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge
by Trine Hahnemann
By now, were all familiar with hygge, the Scandanavian art of coziness. Trine Hahnemann shows how to embrace the feeling inScandanavian Comfort Food, a collection of 100+ recipes. Youll feel right at home cooking up classics like meatballs, fishcakes and seasonal veggies. If youre more inclined to bake, try the authors other bookScandanavian Baking.
Notable recipe:Roasted Chicken with Rhubarb and Tarragon, a perfect Sunday dinner recipe that shows how good rhubarb can be in savory dishes
A Taste of Latin America
by Patricia Cartin
Latin America has a lot to offermore than a single cookbook can containbut A Taste of Latin Americais a great place to start. Chef and author Patricia Cartin gives you a taste of what each regionfrom her native Costa Rica to the Caribbean and across South Americahas to offer.
Notable recipe:Flan de coco,a classic dessert taken to the next level with fresh coconut
Asmas Indian Kitchen
by Asma Khan
Restauranteur Asma Khan shares some of her favorite feasts inAsmas Indian Kitchen. Recipes are arranged by the scale of your gatheringwhether its just two, a few or a big party. Asma shows how (no matter the scale) you can make any meal feel like something to celebrate with bold Indian flavors.
Notable recipe:Gobi Musallan, a whole cauliflower roasted with Indian spices and topped with slivered almonds which can be served as a side or the main event
German Meals at Omas
by Gerhild Fulson
Learn how to make schnitzel, potato pancakes, bratwurst and more just the way Oma would have done it.German Meals at Omas is a lighthearted cookbook with some serious flavors inside. Each German recipe is accompanied by Omas Ecketips from Grandma. While youre waiting on your copy to arrive at your doorstep, try a few of our favorite recipes from omas.
Notable recipe:Ksesptzle, a cheese and noodle casserolecomfort food at its finest
A Taste of Cuba: A Journey Through Cuba and Its Savory Cuisine
by Cynthia Carris Alonso
Take a trip withA Taste of Cuba, a collection of 75 authentic recipes from Cuban chefs alongside stunning photos. Start with simple recipes like black beans and plantains and work through to more complex, flavorful dishes. This cookbook also includes a few cocktail recipes, including a classic mojito, that make the most of the islands trademark spirit: rum.
Notable recipe:Alfajores con Dulce de Leche, a sandwich cookie filled with caramel-like dulce de leche
China: A Cookbook
by Terry Tan
If youre serious about Chinese cooking, this 600+ cookbook is the resource youre looking for. InChina: A Cookbook, author Terry Tan takes you on a trip across the country, exploring cuisine from each province. Youll learn what makes each regions dishes distinct, what ingredients you need in your pantry and how to make each recipe with detailed instructions.
Notable recipe:Fresh Scallops and Pak Choi, a simple yet elegant dish from Northern China accented with ginger and garlic
by Vicky Bennison
This cookbook is for anyone who wishes they had an Italian grandmother to show them the ropes when it comes to making fresh pasta. Pasta Grannies shows readers how to make pasta from scratch the traditional way. Nonnas from across Italy share their stories, recipes and tricks for making the best pastas, sauces and sides (perfect to serve before feasting on these Italian desserts). This homey resource is a must for carb lovers and fans of Italian food.
Notable recipe:Pasta Baskets with Ricotta and Lemon, a gorgeous and surprisingly light pasta appetizer
Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand
by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Dive into authentic Thai food withBangkokfrom award-winning author Leela Punyaratabandhu. Leela explores the very best in Thai cooking from street food to iconic restaurant dishes to authentic home cooking. Through beautiful photos, youll be inspired to stir up classics like curries and dumplings as well as some new-to-you recipes.
Notable recipe:Spicy Beef Tenderloin Stirfry with Holy Basil, a great introduction into Thai cuisine that you can make at home with fresh herbs, chiles and a bit of fish sauce
Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors
by Sonoko Sakai
Whether youre new to Japanese cooking or have been preparing Japanese food for years,Japanese Home Cooking is the perfect resource to add to your shelf of cookbooks. Sonoko Sakai starts with the building blocks of this cuisine and shows you how to stock a pantry, make perfect rice, create noodles from scratch, pickle vegetables and more. From there, you can dive deep into dozens of authentic recipes that youd find in Japanese home kitchens.
Notable recipe:Kenchin-jiru, a homey veggie soup with buckwheat dumplings
In Bibis Kitchen
by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
In Bibis Kitchen captures the heart of East African cooking with recipes straight from grandmothers. These recipes from Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar and more show off what this part of the continent has to offerpredominately big flavors. At the heart of the spice trade (think cinnamon, pepper, vanilla), these nations have flavor-forward comfort foods, all accompanied by rich stories.
Notable recipe:Shaah Cadays, a spiced tea with milk from Somaliaa must-try for folks that love chai lattes
Catalan Food: Cultures and Flavors from the Mediterranean
by Daniel Olivella and Caroline Wright
Dive into Spanish cooking withCatalan Food, a collection of authentic recipes that goes way beyond tapas (though the tapas recipes inside this book are delicious). This volume takes you on a tour of fresh fish, paella, spices and other Catalan favorites. Daniel Olivella, the chef behind this book, encourages readers to cook each recipe leisurely and with love, the way the Spanish do.
Notable recipe:Clams in White Wine, a tapa thats simple to make but will make you feel like youre visiting Barcelona in your own kitchen
Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories
by Naz Daravian
Author Naz Daravian is a home cook passionate about exploring her Persian heritage. With that perspective in mind, you can be assured that the 100+ recipes inBottom of the Pot are approachable and authentic. Cooking your way through this book, youll fall in love with Persian cuisine (and its signature spices, ingredients and preparations) and Nazs stories woven throughout.
Notable recipe:Tahdig, the cripsy, golden rice dish on the cover of the book, of course
Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women
by Anna Francese Gass
If youre looking to dabble in authentic dishes from all around the world, make room on your shelf forHeirloom Kitchen. Author Anna Francese Gass shares recipes from her native Italy and talks with women from Greece, Korea, Peru, Ukraine and beyond, learning about their favorite food traditions. Heartwarming and delicious, this cookbook is a must for getting a taste of what authentic cooking can look like.
Notable recipe:Nikkis Haitian Cashew Chicken, a homey dish that gets a lift thanks to orange and lime juice