The Best Cookbooks of 2020 to Add to Your Holiday Wish List
What should you add to your holiday wishlist: the best cookbooks of 2020, of course! Here are our top picks for bakers, serious foodies and casual home cooks.
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Taste of Home Farmhouse Favorites
This gorgeous new release is full of 140+ delicious recipes—everything from hearty breakfasts, cozy dinners and blue-ribbon desserts. Every recipe in Taste of Home Farmhouse Favorites features the best in seasonal ingredients, old-fashioned, unfussy techniques and comforting flavor. We’ll tempt you with a few recipes from inside this new cookbook: cinnamon swirl bread, chicken potpie casserole and chewy chocolate gingersnaps.
Pie for Everyone
Fall in love with pie all over again with Petra Paredez’s 2020 release Pie for Everyone. Inside this new cookbook, you’ll find tips on how to make the perfect flaky pie crust (something we all long for), the secrets to better fruit pies and even how to make a few savory options. On our to-do list from this book: key lime meringue pie and Nesselrode pie—a dreamy, creamy holiday dessert.
New World Sourdough
Have you jumped on the sourdough wagon this year? If you’re serious about this bread, you might want to expand your horizons with New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford. This volume takes you through how to make basic sourdough bread but then goes beyond (far, far beyond) with recipes for sourdough pizza crust, sourdough pita and sourdough beignets.
Looking to recreate your favorite weekend brunch at home? You can make it happen with Let’s Brunch by Belinda Smith-Sullivan. This book is all about celebrating “the best meal of the week.” This volume is full of 100 recipes including fluffy eggs over Texas toast (yum), sugared peppered bacon (double yum) and pomegranate mimosas (can we say triple yum?). While you wait on your cookbook to come, try our glazed bacon recipe.
Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection
The queen of all things domestic is back with a new volume on cake. In Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection, Martha shares new recipes for all kinds of cakes including chiffon cake, tortes, crumb cake and plenty more. And if that gorgeous marble cake on the cover doesn’t make you want to click “Add to cart,” we’re not sure what will.
Time to Eat: Delicious Meals for Busy Lives
Great British Baking Show fans will definitely recognize Nadiya Hussain, author of Time to Eat: Delicious Meals for Busy Lives. This baker extraordinaire and mother to three has put together a book chock full of recipes perfect for weeknights. These quick-fix meals take clever shortcuts but never skimp on taste.
The Mexican Home Kitchen
The mark of a great cookbook is that beginners and experienced cooks can both enjoy it. This is the case with Mely Martínez’s The Mexican Home Kitchen. This highly praised 2020 cookbook is full of recipes that are suitable for beginners and serious fans of Mexican cuisine. Inside, Mely walks readers through how to stock a traditional Mexican pantry with all the must-haves and then shares her favorite recipes like caldo de pollo (chicken soup), tamales, tres leches cake and many many more.
The Good Book of Southern Baking
Whether you live in the South or not, The Good Book of Southern Baking by Kelly Fields and Kate Heddings deserves a spot on your holiday wishlist. This volume is packed with so many Southern favorites like hummingbird cake, biscuits (of course) as well as delicious takes on chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake and blueberry pie. We suspect you’ll be cooking from this book front to back.
The Honeysuckle Cookbook
Dzung Lewis made a name for herself on Youtube by simplifying gourmet recipes (who couldn’t use some shortcuts these days?). Now, she’s released The Honeysuckle Cookbook, a volume full of her favorite recipes. You’ll find plenty of classics like these chewy chocolate chip cookies as well as healthy meals for every day eats. It’s a must for busy folks that still want to enjoy the good life.
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
No doubt about it: Ina Garten is one of our favorite celebrity foodies. Her cooking tricks and entertaining tips are immeasurably helpful to us—not to mention her recipes are delicious! That’s why her latest book, Modern Comfort Food, should hop in your shopping cart. We’ve already tried her fig and cheese toast appetizers (loved them!) and can’t wait to see what else is inside.
Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings
Everyone has cravings for sweet treats, but not every craving is worthy of a three-layer cake. Every craving is worthy of a simple snack cake, though! That’s where Yossy Arefi’s Snacking Cakes comes in! This newly released cookbook is full of single-layer cakes that can be whipped up in no time. We’ve got our eyes on the salty peanut butter caramel cake.
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food
Inspired by Black cooks of yesterday and today, Chef Marcus Samuelsson assembled this new volume of 150+ delicious recipes. In The Rise, Marcus demonstrates how Black cooking goes way, way beyond soul food. He explores recipes inspired by Africa, the Caribbean and all over the United States. Whether you’re an avid cook or not, this is a great read. And if you’re a serious foodie, we recommend trying the grilled short ribs with a spicy piri-piri marinade and steak frites with plantain chips.
Milk Bar: Kids Only
Have kids that love to spend time in the kitchen? Encourage their passion with a book of their own, one created just for kids. Milk Bar: Kids Only is the latest release from the queen of sweets: Christina Tosi. Christina shares basic cooking techniques and kid-approved recipes in this book. Who can resist creative cereal squares or donuts-turned-milkshake?
I Cook in Color
We all have heard that we should be eating the rainbow when it comes to fresh fruits and veggies. Chef Asha Gomez takes this advice to heart with her latest book I Cook in Color. This new release is full of colorful recipes inspired by Asha’s Indian background and time spent in the American South as well as her travels abroad. We’re looking forward to trying the super-tender Jamaican jerk pork and grilled lemon and chili corn. This one’s a must if you love to experiment with flavor and color.
The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book
Chocoholics, look no further. Sabine Venier’s The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book is here with 75 chocolate-filled recipes to satisfy any cravings. Don’t think you’ve seen these recipes before, though! Sabine has stepped outside the box with delicious takes on cocoa like chile chocolate lava cakes, bacon chocolate donuts and white chocolate mango cheesecake.