The ultimate guide to the best new cookbooks of 2019! Featuring a variety of cuisines and themes, this complete list of cookbooks covers all the bases.

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Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned home cook, an avid baker, or someone who just loves to experiment in the kitchen, there’s a cookbook for every kind of cook in your life!

Without further ado, here are the best new cookbooks of 2019!

Bubbly: A collection of champagne and sparkling cocktails

By Colleen Jeffers 

For the friend who loves to sip bubbly and throw cocktail parties. 

A stunning photographer and cocktail magician, Colleen Jeffers will teach you how to make good cocktails at home with simple, approachable methods.

The art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavor

By Mandy Lee 

For the adventurous cook in your life who finds being in the kitchen as a time to play.

This book reads like a novel, celebrates the process of making good food, and is definitely not short on flavor. 

Vegetables Illustrated: An Inspiring Guide with 700+ Kitchen-Tested Recipes

By America’s Test Kitchen

For the vegetarian, or a veggie-loving carnivore in your life.

Chock full of veggie-forward recipes, this book is your guide to incorporating more vegetables into your life in creative and thoughtful ways. This is not a vegetarian book, rather a celebration of the versatility of vegetables.

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

by Nathan Myhrvold

For your food-loving photographer friend. 

This book is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Weighing in at a little over 12 pounds and measuring 13.5 inches by 16.8 inches, this book brings you up close and personal with the beautiful world of food.

Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways–Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company

By Mark Bittman 

For the person who wants to cook more, and cook well. 

Mark Bittman is a well-known ambassador of cooking at home. It’s in this newest cookbook where his devotion comes full-circle by sharing recipes that can be modified for everyone.

The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal

By Gwyneth Paltrow

For the health nut who’s willing to try some weird s**t. 

OK, this book doesn’t contain any “weird s**t.” What is does contain is more than 100 healthy recipes that are incredibly simple. Paltrow is a long-time advocate for eating whole foods, and this book is just another example of her cooking and consuming.

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen

By Adeena Sussman

For the adventurous and culturally-creative person. 

This new, refreshing book from Sussman is a beautiful and approachable way to enjoy Isreali cuisine right at home. A short-course on the essentials of an Israeli kitchen, this book is the ultimate guide. 

Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African-American Cooking

By Toni Tipton-Martin

For the foodie historian who enjoys learning about American roots through the lens of food. 

This books is comprised of recipes and stories from the people who established the African American cuisine. Tipton-Martin takes us back to the roots of this flavorful and comforting cuisine by teaching us about the techniques, ingredients and dishes of this culture.

Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking

By Lior Lev Sercarz 

For the ever-experimenting cook. 

This book is a wonderful guide for outfitting a spice cabinet, and using it. Lior does a wonderful job of showcasing how just a few pinches of spice can simply, and easily, take dishes to a whole new level. Not only that, he’ll also teach you how to swap spices in and out, and how to use them intuitively in the kitchen.

Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland

By Shauna Sever

For the Midwesterner, or the person with Midwestern roots. 

There’s nothing groundbreaking about midwest cooking, I can say that first-hand. But there’s something incredibly nostalgic and comforting about it. Many classic dishes of the Midwest have  German, Scandinavian, Polish, French, and Italian roots, undoubtedly making it a unique form of comforting soul-food.

Flour Lab: An At-Home Guide to Baking with Freshly Milled Grains

by Adam Leonti and Katie Parla 

For the obsessed home baker. 

Truly a masterclass on baking with freshly milled grains, this book is packed with step-by-step photos, how-to’s and tips for everything from sourcing to slicing. These recipes and techniques will completely change the way you bake, making it more flavorful and more nutritious. 

The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider

By Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying 

For the person who loves all-things Japanese 

A book filled with approachable Japanese recipes for just about any day of the week. From quick weeknight meals to large get-togethers and parties, this book celebrates the delicious and vibrant cooking of Ivan Orkin. 

Where Cooking Begins

By Carla Lalli Music 

For all of us—helping us rethink the way we cook. 

This book acts as a reminder to think creatively and break the rules of cooking. Music, who is the food director and columnist at Bon Appetit, has created a book that will revolutionize the way we shop and cook. Featuring recipes that teach the basics, you’ll feel more confident and energized to cook every night. 

In Pursuit of Flavor

By Edna Lewis 

For the lover of good Southern food. 

This cookbook is both modern and timeless. Featuring classic Southern dishes that are packed with flavor. In this book Lewis shares recipes from her childhood as well as those that helped catapult her to being one of the best American chefs of all time.


By Sean Brock

Also for the lover of good Southern food.

Sean Brock is known for celebrating Southern ingredients. And this book, well this book is the pinnacle of Southern cooking. His use of vegetables is mouthwatering, his use of seafood is dreamy, and his love for the Southern cuisine is palpable. This book proves that Southern food isn’t, and shouldn’t be, defined as “heavy, greasy, and overdone…”

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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