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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The Big Community Book-Off is Back & We Need Your Help!

What’s your favorite cookbook? Whatever your answer, we’d venture to guess it’s not the same as your best friend’s, partner’s, or even your own had we asked last year. Much as you love your dog-eared copy of a decades-old renowned cookbook, perhaps one…

What’s your favorite cookbook? Whatever your answer, we’d venture to guess it's not the same as your best friend’s, partner’s, or even your own had we asked last year. Much as you love your dog-eared copy of a decades-old renowned cookbook, perhaps one published just a few months ago has earned a special place in your heart (and on your dinner table.)

Here at Food52, we’re on a mission to find the best cookbooks, which is why last year we launched the Big Community Book-Off, a series of thoughtful cookbook reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you, our Food52 community.

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This Is the Best Cookie Cookbook (& We Know Cookies!)

This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and put…


This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you. And so, let’s hand it off to our community members Laura, Matt, and Jody. Here are their reviews of your five favorite cookie books—and their nail-biting verdict on which one reigned supreme. Spoiler alert: they found the best chocolate chip cookie.


A month ago, the three of us basically won the cookbook-nerd lottery. Food52 emailed us asking for help reviewing five favorite cookbooks for the Cookie Book-Off. After nearly a year of working from home and facilitating remote school, we wanted a bit of fun; we hit reply immediately to say, yes!

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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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The 5 Books That Changed the Cookie Game

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and put…

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we're finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you.


Two months ago, reviewers Ruth, Erin, and Shereen exhausted their CSA boxes, looking for the best vegetable book out there.

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Powdered Donuts in Cake Form! Run, Don’t Walk.

Cakes are often reserved for special occasions, from dinner parties to birthdays to weddings. But what about Tuesday afternoon pick-me-ups and Sunday morning brunches? Enter: writer, photographer, and stylist Yossy Arefi’s newest cookbook, Snacking Cak…

Cakes are often reserved for special occasions, from dinner parties to birthdays to weddings. But what about Tuesday afternoon pick-me-ups and Sunday morning brunches? Enter: writer, photographer, and stylist Yossy Arefi's newest cookbook, Snacking Cakes, a collection of 50 everyday recipes, from Cocoa Yogurt Cake to Powdered Donut Cake (below!). If you're familiar with Yossy's first book, Sweeter Off the Vine, you won't be surprised to learn there are many fruit-dense wonders here as well, like Blueberry Ricotta Cake and Orange–Poppy Seed Cake With Fresh Raspberry Glaze. In this excerpt, Yossy explores what a snacking cake is anyway. We highly recommend reading it while snacking on cake.


So, what exactly makes a cake a snacking cake? I certainly didn't invent the concept, and it depends a little bit on who you ask, but to me a snacking cake is a single layer cake, probably square, covered with a simple icing—or nothing at all—and it must be truly easy to make. It’s a cake that makes an ideal breakfast to-go, wrapped in a paper napkin, and a perfect little sweet to have alongside coffee in the afternoon.

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Bourbon-Pecan Sticky Buns for Superlative Sunday Mornings

“I wrote this book to bury y’all in cornbread and biscuits,” cookbook author Kelly Fields writes in the introduction to her recently released cookbook, Good Book of Southern Baking—“the best dang ones you’ve ever had.”
The path to dessert greatness wa…

“I wrote this book to bury y’all in cornbread and biscuits,” cookbook author Kelly Fields writes in the introduction to her recently released cookbook, Good Book of Southern Baking—“the best dang ones you’ve ever had.”

The path to dessert greatness was neither smooth nor easy for Fields. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, Fields lost every notebook and recipe she had saved throughout her career. Notes that she had painstakingly taken from culinary school and her numerous stints in pastry kitchens around the world.

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2020 Home Cook’s Holiday Gift Guide: Giftworthy Cookbooks

If there was ever a year to gift a cookbook to the home cook in your life, this is the year! Here are 10 wonderful options, from celebrated new releases to classic favorites. Continue reading “2020 Home Cook’s Holiday Gift Guide: Gift…

If there was ever a year to gift a cookbook to the home cook in your life, this is the year! Here are 10 wonderful options, from celebrated new releases to classic favorites.

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4 Bartending Books to Help You Make Your Fave Drinks at Home

Apartment Bartender is a column by Elliott Clark, Food52’s Resident Bartender and an avid at-home cocktail enthusiast. Elliott’s here to help us bring our favorite bar-worthy sips home—and with his spot-on guidance and expert tips, you’ll soon be stirr…

Apartment Bartender is a column by Elliott Clark, Food52's Resident Bartender and an avid at-home cocktail enthusiast. Elliott's here to help us bring our favorite bar-worthy sips home—and with his spot-on guidance and expert tips, you'll soon be stirring, shaking, and garnishing like a pro.


There are a ton of great books and resources out there that focus on the basics of crafting great cocktails, and beyond. But if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, or to refine your drink-mixing skills at home, I’m sharing a few of my favorite must-reads.

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Your 5 Favorite Books for Dinner in An Instant

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and put…

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we're finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you.


Last month, community members Ruth, Erin, and Shereen subjected many, many vegetables to stem-to-tip testing, in search of the category’s best.

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