28 Best Cookbooks of 2021, According to Home Cooks & Pro Chefs

The past year and change have been a trying time on many levels. And while it’s easy (hard?) to concentrate on the major defining challenges, we continue to reflect on the little things that brought us joy and peace of mind. The small moments that allo…

The past year and change have been a trying time on many levels. And while it's easy (hard?) to concentrate on the major defining challenges, we continue to reflect on the little things that brought us joy and peace of mind. The small moments that allow us to hit pause just for a moment to close our eyes and take a breath for some much-needed clarity and comfort. Of those things, a truly stand-out pastime was to dive into all of the compelling cookbooks that were released in 2021.

From whimsical tales that helped us explore and preserve our roots to primers that challenge the status quo, these cookbooks are much more than just a collection of delicious recipes and drool-worthy photos. But don’t just take it from us. Ahead, pro chefs, home cooks, food writers, and more share the year’s best cookbooks that have kept them inspired and busy in the kitchen, along with five coming-soon titles they can’t wait to dive into in the months that remain.

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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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