The best new cookbooks to start 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or completely new to cooking, a great cookbook can help you take your skills to the next level, push you to learn and try new things, and even impress your friends and family. Home cooking is a great way to eat healthy and completely control what’s in your diet, and it’s more affordable than takeout. However, if it’s your first time, approaching the kitchen can be daunting, and if you’re an experienced cook trying to learn something new, branching out of your comfort zone can be equally challenging. Thankfully, a great cookbook can help solve both of these problems.

A few things to keep in mind before buying a new cookbook are the level of cooking experience expected of the reader, the cuisine, and any dietary restrictions. First and foremost, cookbooks are not all for beginners, and a quick way to become discouraged if you’re a novice is by accidentally purchasing something intended for intermediate or advanced cooks. Secondly, if you’re having trouble deciding what cuisine you want to learn about, a good place to start is by analyzing your takeout orders and restaurant picks from the past few months. What cuisine are you ordering from now often? Also, if you have any dietary restrictions, preview a cookbook before you buy it to ensure that at least the majority (if not all) of the recipes are suitable for your needs.

Best new cookbooks for beginners

“Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals”

Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals: A Cookbook

amazon.com

$ 20.99


Tieghan Gerard is the author of this cookbook and the personality behind the incredibly popular “foodstagram” @halfbakedharvest. Known for non-restrictive yet healthy recipes that are simple and easy to cook, “Half Baked Harvest Every Day” is an awesome way to start learning how to cook. Also, if you didn’t think traditional American comfort food could be healthy and modern, think again: Inside this cookbook you’ll discover awesome recipes such as pesto-stuffed butternut squash and chipotle cheddar corn chowder.

“How to Cook Everything: The Basics”

How To Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need To Make Great Food

How To Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need To Make Great Food

amazon.com

$ 19.99


Written by renowned chef and cookbook author Mark Bittman, this is the simplified version of his best-selling cookbook, “How to Cook Everything.” Unlike the original version, this book is geared towards beginner cooks who need to learn not only how something is supposed to be cooked, but also why something is supposed to be cooked in a certain way. With over 1,000 photos and 150 recipes, this cookbook has everything you need to start learning how to cook.

“Jacques Pépin: Quick & Simple”

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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$ 17.84


In his eponymously titled book, Jacques Pépin guides the reader through 250 of his favorite recipes. Although Jacques is a certified master chef, these recipes have been pared down to maximize flavor and completeness while minimizing prep and hassle. This book is ideal for a beginner who has some, albeit minimal, experience in the kitchen. This book includes recipes for every course imaginable as well as in-depth descriptions of useful techniques, which will come in handy once you decide to cook for a crowd.

Best new cookbooks for people with dietary restrictions

“Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go!”

Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go!

Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go!

amazon.com

$ 28.03


Written by best-selling authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, this internationally inspired cookbook is great for anyone who is looking to expand their paleo, keto, Whole30 or plant-based cooking repertoire. Now, though not all, recipes included are Asian-inspired with standouts like zucchini carpaccio salad, paleo patty melts, scallion pancake tacos and a wide variety of simple soups and noodle dishes.

“One: Pot, Pan Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family”

One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family: A Cookbook

One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family: A Cookbook

amazon.com

$ 26.54


Author Anna Jones, lovingly nicknamed the “Queen of Greens” is back with a brand-new, chef-endorsed vegetarian cookbook. Although sustainability and health are the foundations of each dish, Jones makes sure that these priorities do not come at the expense of simplicity and flavor. Equipped with more than 200 individual recipes, “One: Pot, Pan, Planet” is a great cookbook for anyone who wants a cookbook that will continually push their skill set.

“The Vegan Meat Cookbook: Meatless Favorites. Made with Plants”

The Vegan Meat Cookbook: Meatless Favorites.  Made with Plants.

The Vegan Meat Cookbook: Meatless Favorites. Made with Plants.

Ten Speed ​​Press

amazon.com

$ 15.49


With veganism becoming increasingly popular, the demand for vegan recipes that resemble or are inspired by meat-focused dishes has only grown. With her new meatless cookbook, Miyoko Schinner has come to the rescue. Not only does “The Vegan Meat Cookbook” teach you how to cook with plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond and Impossible meat, it’s also packed with exclusively vegetable recipes from all over the world. Inside you’ll find recipes such as shepherd’s pie, coq au vin, linguine with lemon-garlic scallops and herbs or lettuce wraps with spicy prawns.

Best new cookbooks for international cuisine

“Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia”

Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia

Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia

amazon.com

$ 23.65


As the name implies, this cookbook, written by Mariana Velásquez, aims to bring the spirit and flavor of Colombia alive. With a distinctive twist on traditional South American cuisine, Colombian food is an awesome blend of fresh fruits and vegetables with meat, seafood and of course, bread. With stunning photographs and 100 individual recipes, this cookbook will transport you to a different world each time you open it.

“The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World”

The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World

The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World

Phaidon Press

amazon.com

$ 31.46


Arabic food is bursting with flavor and exotic spices, making it an ideal cuisine for anyone looking to push their culinary boundaries and experiment with completely new ingredients. Although this is a cookbook at its core, author Reem Kassis makes a point to carry the reader through the culinary evolution of the Arab world through his recipes. Each dish is a blend of modern and traditional techniques and ingredients; caramelized butternut squash fetteh with za’atar is a perfect example of a dish that bridges the past and present of arabic history.


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