2014 Cookbooks You’ll Want to Own

Whether buying cookbooks for yourself or a loved one, you want a book that you will actually use.

No foofy, over-complicated recipes for me; just give me the righteous, straightforward flavor. These eight cookbooks bring the delicious.

cookbooks-2014-Make-It-AheadMake It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Ina Garten

I can’t help myself—I’m a big fan. With this book, Queen Ina clues you in on how to prep, assemble and cook ahead recipes that will make your life so much easier, whether entertaining at home or making a lazy supper for the family. The always-gorgeous photos will inspire you.



Sean Brock

“Cook with soul” is part of Sean Brock’s manifesto. This James Beard Award-winning chef owns the wildly popular restaurants Husk and McCrady’s in Charleston, S.C., where he reinterprets Southern cuisine on a daily basis.



cookbooks-2014-Baking-Chez-MoiBaking Chez Moi
Dorie Greenspan

This James Beard Award-winning author shares the dessert secrets of French home kitchens, from simple cakes to petite pastries and mousses, these are flavors you will crave. Case in point: the “Smoothest, Silkiest, Creamiest, Tartest Lime Tart.” Sold.



cookbooks-2014-My-Paris-KitchenMy Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
David Lebovitz

You’ve read his blog, you follow him on Twitter, now buy the cookbook. These 100 French recipes—both sweet and savory—chronicle his time living in Paris, complete with charming stories of their inspiration.



cookbooks-2014-Plenty-MorePlenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi
Yotom Ottolenghi

His first vegetable cookbook, “Plenty,” was a massive global smash. Here are 150 new veggie recipes—sorted by cooking method—that will have you running for the nearest farmer’s market.



cookbooks-2014-Flour-and-WaterFlour + Water: Pasta
Thomas McNaughton

McNaughton, chef of San Francisco’s Flour + Water, shares the secrets of his Italian pasta favorites like Pumpkin Tortelloni with Sage and Pumpkin Seeds, or soul-stirring Tagliatelle Bolognese. Mangia, per favore.



cookbooks-2014-The-Baking-BibleThe Baking Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum

Legendary dessert diva Beranbaum is back with a meticulously planned book that spans the breadth and depth of baking. You will taste her passion for baking in every bite. Start with the White Christmas Peppermint Cake for your holiday gathering.



cookbooks-2014-Indian-for-EveryoneIndian for Everyone
Anupy Singla

This Chicago-based author knows about flavor. Her third book of Indian home cooking is her most comprehensive; it makes this often daunting cuisine approachable with a helpful ingredient primer and easy-to-follow instructions.