Best cookbooks of 2022 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 2022 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory. Some of the books listed were published in 2021 in their country of origin but in 2022 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

KA&L also has their staff picks on their site.

Book Larder (Seattle) – owner Lara Hamilton

Powell’s (Portland) – staff picks

Now Serving (Los Angeles) – owner Ken Concepcion

Bold Fork Books (Washington DC) – owner Clementine Thomas


Appetite for Books (Montreal)owner Jonathan Cheung

  • Not yet received

The Cookbook Co. Cooks (Calgary)owner Gail Norton


cookbookbake (Brighton)owner Julie Haylett


De Kookboekhandel (Amsterdam) – owner Jonah Freud

Cook + Book (Netherlands) – owner Riejanne Schimmel

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

Kogebogeriet (Copenhagen) – co-owner Bitten Nielsen

  • List not yet received.



Scrumptious Reads (Brisbane) – owner Julie Tjiandra

Books for Cooks (Melbourne) – owner Tim White


Cook the Books (Auckland) – owner Felicity Driscoll

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  • gamulholland  on  December 26, 2022

    This list seems a bit more varied than in recent years, which is good. :). Getting ideas!

  • SheilaS  on  December 27, 2022

    Pleased to see Six California Kitchens pop up on the Omnivore Books list. It’s my most loved book of the year and I’ve been disappointed not to see it on more 2022 lists. That perfect cookbook/memoir intersection- a delight to read and a pleasure to cook from!

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