The best cookbooks of 2020 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 one of these stores – don’t forget most of them also do online orders and many offer gift certificates.

We asked for favorite cookbooks of 2020 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory. Some of the books listed were published in 2019 in their country of origin but in 2020 in the bookstore’s country. All these lists will be included in our Best of the Best list, which is being unveiled shortly.


Omnivore Books (San Francisco) – owner Celia Sack 

Kitchen Arts & Letters (New York) – owner Matt Sartwell

Book Larder (Seattle) – owner Lara Hamilton

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

Read It and Eat (Chicago) – owner Esther Dairiam

Now Serving (Los Angeles) – owner Ken Concepcion

Bold Fork Books (Washington DC) – owner Clementine Thomas


Appetite for Books (Montreal) – Jonathan Cheung


Sadly no lists submitted.


De Kookboekhandel (Netherlands) – owner Jonah Freud

Cook + Book (Netherlands) – owner Riejanne Schimmel

Goldhahn und Sampson (Berlin) – co-owner Andreas Klöckner


Scrumptious Reads (Brisbane) – owner Julie Tjiandra


Cook the Books (Auckland) – owner Felicity O’Driscoll

Post a comment


  • DonnyB  on  January 20, 2021

    Love these lists! Didn’t you used to also have lists of the best-selling books per store, country, etc.?

  • Jane  on  January 20, 2021

    Yes, I am compiling the best-seller lists right now. Some of the stores haven’t yet supplied their lists but I hope it will be up in the next week.

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!