The best cookbooks of 2019 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, please think about supporting your local bookstore.

We asked for favorite cookbooks of 2019 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory. Some of the books listed were published in 2018 in the USA but in 2019 in the bookstore’s country. All these lists will be included in our Best of the Best list, which is being unveiled shortly.



Food of Sichuan

Omnivore Books – owner Celia Sack 


The Whole Fish Cookbook

Kitchen Arts & Letters – from KA&L customers


Whole Food Cooking

Book Larder – owner Lara Hamilton

Food52 Genius Desserts

Powell’s City of Books – cookbook buyer Tracey T.


Read It and Eat – owner Esther Dairiam


Now Serving – owner Ken Concepcion


The Cookbook Co. Cooks – Jane McCullough

Appetite for Books – Montreal – Jonathan Cheung


Flexible Pescatarian



Signature Dishes that Matter

De Kookboekhandel (Netherlands) – owner Jonah Freud


Cook + Book (Netherlands) – owner Riejanne Schimmel

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