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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10 Books to Warm the Soul (or Just Distract It)

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


If you’re like me, you’re finding that this strange time wavers between being mildly unsettling and completely overwhelming, hour to hour, day to day. It can be all-consuming, even if you’re one of the lucky ones that can continue to work from home.

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This Book Will Help You Learn to Cook Anything—Kinda

Years after publishing his tome on homemade charcuterie, prolific writer Michael Ruhlman was still thinking and writing a lot for his loyal, DIY community (even launching an app for his meat-cur(e)ous readers to connect). In June 2009, he blogged about…

Years after publishing his tome on homemade charcuterie, prolific writer Michael Ruhlman was still thinking and writing a lot for his loyal, DIY community (even launching an app for his meat-cur(e)ous readers to connect). In June 2009, he blogged about how a home cook might approach salting and drying a pancetta at home, and some recommended applications for said pancetta—one of them a BLT. As is common among excited home cooks—and the most excitable of them all, online users—the comment section quickly snowballed from pancetta looks like bacon, why not just make bacon?, to I have lettuce and tomatoes growing in my garden right now, to BRB, making a BLT from scratch.

And so, Michael posted an official challenge to all of his readers: to make a BLT from scratch in one day. Hundreds of submissions poured in. Most notably, a letter from 10-year-old Emma Kate Smith, who successfully completed the challenge (relying on dad only to light the smoker and handle the meat slicer). This brought Michael—as it would anyone!—to happy, proud tears. This was living, edible proof that from-scratch cooking is not only accessible, but empowering.

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15 Books Our Staffers Can’t (& Won’t) Put Down This Summer

My summer reading started a little lopsided.

It began with me racing through the final chapters of the second novel in Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan” series, and then, some weeks ago, with barely a break, I (triumphantly) cracked open the third. Read M…

My summer reading started a little lopsided.

It began with me racing through the final chapters of the second novel in Elena Ferrante’s "Neapolitan" series, and then, some weeks ago, with barely a break, I (triumphantly) cracked open the third.

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