The best cookbooks of 2015 by the experts

Who knows cookbooks better than the owners of specialist cookbook stores? They stock and sell thousands of cookbooks and because their stores are focused on food and drink books, they are true experts.  They read the books, cook from them and then share their knowledge with their customers.  When shopping for cookbook gifts this holiday season, think about supporting your local bookstore.  

We asked for favorite cookbooks of 2015 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory.  All these lists will be included in our Best of the Best list, which is being unveiled shortly. 

USA

Omnivore Books - owner Celia SackThis is Camino

This is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady
A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry
Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Marota
Eat Mexico by Lesley Tellez
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson


Kitchen Arts & Letters - Matt Sartwell

Preserving the Japanese Way

Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Slow Fires by Justin Smillie
Senegal by Pierre Thiam
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper
Preserving the Japanese Way by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
A Bird In The Hand by Diana Henry

 

Rabelais Books - owners Don & Samantha Lindgren Sea and Smoke

Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
The Four Seasons of Pasta by Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins
The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook by Fania Lewando
Preserving the Japanese Way by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
This Is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
The Hot Bread Kitchen by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez
The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway

 

Read It and Eat - owner Esther Dairiam

Cookie Love

Cookie Love by Mindy Segal
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
Gjelina by Travis Lett

 

The Book Larder - owner Lara Hamilton

The Violet Bakery Cookbook

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
Mamushka by Olia Hercules
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Fika by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall
A Bird In The Hand by Diana Henry
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

 

Powell's City of Books - cookbook buyer Tracey T.

Home Baked

Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle
Teff Love by Kittee Berns
Well Fed, Flat Broke by Emily Wight
Zahav by Michael Solomonov
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Modern Jewish Cooking by Leah Koenig
A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones

 

The Cookbook Stall - owner Jill Ross

Crossroads
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
Thug Kitchen Party Grub
This is Camino by  Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
Crossroads by Tal Ronnen
Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem
Kitchen Gypsy by Joanne Weir
Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

 

Kitchen Witch Cookbooks - owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa

Hartwood
Cooking up a Storm 10th Anniversary by Judy Walker and Marcel Bienvenu
Fun, Funky & Fabulous by Jyl Benson
A Celebration of 250 Years of Creole Cooking by Todd and April Fell
Tujague's Cookbook by Poppy Tooker
Can You Dig It by Chef John Folse
Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry
Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

 

CANADA

Good Egg - owner Mika Bareket

Nopi

Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
The NoMad Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
101 Easy Asian Recipes by Lucky Peach and Peter Meehan
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

 

Appetite for Books - owner Jonathan Cheung

True North

Gjelina by Travis Lett
The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
Montreal Cooks by Jonathan Cheung and Tays Spencer
A Year of Good Eating: Kitchen Diaries 3 by Nigel Slater
Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey

 

The Cookbook Co. Cooks - owner Gail Norton

Gjelina

A Spicy Touch by Noorbanu Nimji and Karen Anderson
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Essential Turkish Cuisine by Engin Akin

 

 

All the Best Fine Foods - cookbook manager Alison Fryer

Selections not yet received

 

Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks - owner Barbara-Jo McIntosh

A Bird in the Hand

Sourdough by Sarah Owens
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave
True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns
Scook by Anne-Sophie Pic
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry
A Year of Good Eating by Nigel Slater
The Essence of French Cooking by Michel Roux

 

AUSTRALIA

Books for Cooks - owner Tim White

Selections not yet received


Scrumptious Reads - owner Julie Tjiandra

Biota

Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Biota by James Viles
Spring Harvest by Maggie Beer
Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota
The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying
The New Nordic by Simon Bajada
The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
The River Cottage Australia Cookbook by Paul West

 

EUROPE

Books for Cooks (London) - owner Eric Treuille

Selections not yet received

 

De Kookboekhandel (Netherlands) - owner Jonah Freud

Koken voor Kardinalen

Vegarabia [New Feast] by Greg and Lucy Malouf
Koken voor Kardinalen by Bartolomeo Scappi
Culture, Cuisine, Cooking by Paul Freedman
Koken met Gartine by Kirsten Eckhar, Willem-Jan Hendrik, Jeroen van der Spek and Martine Steenstra
Over worst by Samuel Levie, Maarten Kuiper and Yvette van Boven
Bistronomy by Jane Sigal
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

 

Cook + Book (Netherlands) - owner Riejanne Schimmel

Sesame & Spice

Verrot Lekker by Christian Weij
Atelier Crenn by Dominique Crenn
Spuntino by Russell Norman
A Year of Good Eating by Nigel Slater
Sesame & Spice by Anne Shooter
The New Nordic by Simon Bajada
Un Diner a Poils ou a Plumes by Stephane Reynaud
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
Sea and Smoke by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray
Worst Story by Samuel Levie

2 Comments

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/23/2015 at 6:13 AM

    Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay's Franklin Barbecue belongs at the top of this list.

  • Nancith  on  1/29/2016 at 7:35 AM

    Good Grief-None of the books I purchased this past year are on anyone's list! Oh well, now I have some good ideas for future acquisitions.

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