The best books of 2023 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 2023 lists from the cookbook stores that feature in our directory. Some of the books listed were published in 2022 in their country of origin but in 2023 in the bookstore’s country. All these lists will be included in our Best of the Best list, which is being unveiled soon.


Omnivore Books (San Francisco) – owner Celia Sack 

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

Book Larder (Seattle) – owner Lara Hamilton & manager Mira Courage

Vivienne Culinary Books (Portland OR)owner Robin Wheelright

Powell’s (Portland OR) – staff picks

Now Serving (Los Angeles) – owner Ken Concepcion

Bold Fork Books (Washington DC) – owner Clementine Thomas


Appetite for Books (Montreal)owner Jonathan Cheung

The Cookbook Co. Cooks (Calgary)owner Gail Norton


cookbookbake (Brighton)owner Julie Haylett


De Kookboekhandel (Amsterdam) – owner Daan van Kooten

Cook + Book (Netherlands) – owner Riejanne Schimmel

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


Scrumptious Reads (Brisbane) – owner Julie Tjiandra

Books for Cooks (Melbourne) – owner Tim White


Cook the Books (Auckland) – owner Felicity Driscoll

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