12 Coming-Soon Cookbooks We Can’t Wait to Read

There are lots of things to anticipate in 2021. Me, I’m (hopefully!) looking forward to the world opening up again to the extent where it’s safe to have friends over for dinner, dare I say inside, and close together. But one thing I do know is that eve…

There are lots of things to anticipate in 2021. Me, I'm (hopefully!) looking forward to the world opening up again to the extent where it's safe to have friends over for dinner, dare I say inside, and close together. But one thing I do know is that even if we have to keep eating over virtual hangouts, the food is going to be awesome—because the soon-to-be-published 2021 cookbook lineup is looking pretty darn great. From a deep-dive into European cheese, wine, and bread to mastering the art of South Carolinian barbecue to a new take on Jewish classics—to call out just a few—if we can say anything definitively about this year, it's that thanks to 2021's line up of cookbooks, we will eat well.

Here are 12 cookbooks coming out in 2021 we can't wait to crack open, recommended by some of Food52's contributors and staff. Note: this is only the beginning! Stay tuned for more 2021 cookbook coverage.

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24 Food Zines We Really Loved This Year

If 2020 brought us anything good, it was a new crop of DIY projects, from email newsletters to sourdough pop-ups to sweatshirts tie-dyed with onion skins and turmeric. One of the projects I’ve especially enjoyed following are food zines. I’m talking lo…

If 2020 brought us anything good, it was a new crop of DIY projects, from email newsletters to sourdough pop-ups to sweatshirts tie-dyed with onion skins and turmeric. One of the projects I’ve especially enjoyed following are food zines. I’m talking lo-fi, 1970s punk slash 1990s riot grrrl types of publications, with hand-drawn illustrations and amateur printing (extra points if they’re black-and-white only!). For this article, we’re defining a zine as a very do-it-yourself publication, put together by a small team, with little (if any!) funding.


6 Stellar Zines Launched in 2020

Chinese Protest Recipes

Clarence Kwan launched his zine with three goals: to support the Black Lives Matter movement, to raise awareness about racism and white supremacy (in the context of the pandemic and in general), and to resist through Chinese food.

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Food52’s First (& Hopefully Only) Quarantine Awards

The year 2020 sucked for so many reasons. But one area it shone was in the creativity and kindness of the food and small business community. We saw laid-off chefs launch their own pop-ups in restaurants that couldn’t stay open for service; other restau…

The year 2020 sucked for so many reasons. But one area it shone was in the creativity and kindness of the food and small business community. We saw laid-off chefs launch their own pop-ups in restaurants that couldn’t stay open for service; other restaurants cleared out the dining rooms and opened up onto the street to create a market of local home and kitchen goods, some selling meal kits so regulars could make their favorite dishes at home. Chefs donated hundreds of lunches and dinners to health-care workers and opened their doors to share family meal with unemployed service workers. Small businesses selling condiments and spices faced supply-chain delays and limited product launch opportunities, yet found ways to keep their customers engaged; a museum where guests used to eat together created virtual spaces to share a meal and a conversation.

It’s with all this brilliant work in mind that we wanted to share these stories with the Food52 community, superlatives-style. Allow us to present: the first (and hopefully, only) Quarantine Awards.

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For a Low-Key Night, Snacks & Wine Are All I Need

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks—a certified B-Corp known for their food-friendly wines made in Oregon—to share the laid-back snacks we’re cozying up with this winter, plus our fave sip to go with: their 2017 A to Z Pinot Noir.

Here’s something yo…

We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks—a certified B-Corp known for their food-friendly wines made in Oregon—to share the laid-back snacks we’re cozying up with this winter, plus our fave sip to go with: their 2017 A to Z Pinot Noir.


Here’s something you should know about me: My ideal holiday evening consists of drinking wine and snacking…while sitting on the couch in my pajamas. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook a big holiday meal, get dressed up, and hit a cookie-swap party—or three. But this year, I’m staying home and keeping things low-key.

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A Savory-Sweet Pastry Project to Tackle on a Snow Day

After reading through just a few recipes, it’s clear that A Good Bake by Melissa Weller is one of those cookbooks that will be used, not simply admired. Indeed, my own copy bore butter stains within a week.

Read through any publication’s baking covera…

After reading through just a few recipes, it’s clear that A Good Bake by Melissa Weller is one of those cookbooks that will be used, not simply admired. Indeed, my own copy bore butter stains within a week.

Read through any publication's baking coverage and you'll likely spot Weller's name—and maybe her swirled cover-star babka, which she's been making for years. Its mass appeal was the first element that jumped out at me about A Good Bake: I’d be just as inclined to gift a copy to my Julia Child–loving aunt as I would my 23-year-old sister who finds most of her recipes on Instagram.

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Happiest Hanukkah From This Crispy Latke, Egg & Cheese Sandwich

Egg and cheese sandwiches are often just that: egg and cheese on a roll or bagel or toast. Just as often, they co-star a choose-your-own breakfast meat, be it bacon or sausage or ham. But arguably the most festive version, especially during Hanukkah, f…

Egg and cheese sandwiches are often just that: egg and cheese on a roll or bagel or toast. Just as often, they co-star a choose-your-own breakfast meat, be it bacon or sausage or ham. But arguably the most festive version, especially during Hanukkah, features a crispy, chewy latke.

The latke, egg, and cheese sandwich on house-baked challah from B&H Dairy in Manhattan’s East Village has technically been available for years, yet only just became a permanent menu item.

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The Most Memorable Chicken Recipes Always Have Vinegar

As someone who develops and tests recipes for a living, it’s literally my job to describe how and why certain flavor pairings work. Usually, that’s a relatively attainable task, but sometimes, when faced with this particular why? I can’t think of a bet…

As someone who develops and tests recipes for a living, it’s literally my job to describe how and why certain flavor pairings work. Usually, that’s a relatively attainable task, but sometimes, when faced with this particular why? I can’t think of a better answer than: Just, because!

Think about pork and brown sugar. And seafood and butter. And beer and sausage. And of course, chicken and vinegar. They just…work. These combinations have been around for a long time, in countless cuisines, yet are also constantly revived in new recipes.

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11 Handy Sugar Substitutes to Keep in the Pantry (and the Fridge!)

Last weekend, I broke the number one rule I share with everyone who asks me for baking advice: to make sure you have all your ingredients before starting the recipe. But there I was, halfway through cracking an egg, when I looked over to the shelf wher…

Last weekend, I broke the number one rule I share with everyone who asks me for baking advice: to make sure you have all your ingredients before starting the recipe. But there I was, halfway through cracking an egg, when I looked over to the shelf where I keep dry ingredients to see my sugar jar woefully near-empty. I wasn’t about to sprint to the grocery store just for sugar (I’m also still keeping grocery trips as minimal as possible these days); I needed a sugar substitute, stat.

Luckily, because I keep a fairly stocked pantry, I had several options. There are actually a number of ingredients that mimic granulated sugar’s flavor and texture in both cooking and baking; you just need to think a bit about what you’re making and what each substitute brings to the table. For example, a ripe banana can swap in just fine when you’re baking a cake, but it wouldn’t work in, say, a caramel sauce. Not every one of these substitutions will replace sugar perfectly in every recipe you try, but they will help you achieve a similar goal in a pinch.

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3 Cozy Dinners on Our Holiday Radar—Plus, Wines to Go With

We’ve partnered with Imagery Wine Collection—a portfolio of unique, artistically inspired wines—to share holiday-ready wine and food pairings, plus plating tips and tricks for creating a stunning spread.

There’s something about the holidays that mak…

We've partnered with Imagery Wine Collection—a portfolio of unique, artistically inspired wines—to share holiday-ready wine and food pairings, plus plating tips and tricks for creating a stunning spread.


There’s something about the holidays that makes me want to cook meals more lavish than the average dinner: glistening roasts, free-poured cream and cheese over grains, fish so tender it practically falls apart.

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How to Store Mushrooms So They Stay Fresh & Slime-Free

Time and time again, I’ve found myself in the same situation: reaching into the back of my fridge to find a forgotten package of mushrooms, slimy to the touch and absolutely not appetizing. Tossing them in the compost, background fading to the black-an…

Time and time again, I’ve found myself in the same situation: reaching into the back of my fridge to find a forgotten package of mushrooms, slimy to the touch and absolutely not appetizing. Tossing them in the compost, background fading to the black-and-white of an infomercial, I shout: But I bought them less than a week ago! How! Why! There’s got to be a better way to store mushrooms.

And there absolutely is. Just as there’s a recommended way for storing greens and potatoes and tomatoes, there is a method for mushrooms.

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