This year brought a slew of cookbooks so lovely they hardly need wrapping. For the cook (or for the person who, like me, likes to read cookbooks before bed), here are our picks for the most beautiful—and delicious—offerings from 2018.
N.B.: We offer Amazon prices here for ease, but encourage shopping at your local bookseller as well, this season and year-round.
The Nordic Baking Book Above: We’ve long followed the eccentric Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson (we wrote about his restaurant Faviken, on a remote hunting estate six hundred miles north of Stockholm, back in 2013; see also: his Chef’s Table episode). Now Nilsson has released a compendium of 450 Nordic baking recipes, sweet and savory, from Nilsson’s travels throughout Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, and Greenland. The lush photographs are by Nilsson himself, also a celebrated photographer. The book is $38.43 from Amazon. The Nordic Baking Book, The German Cookbook Above: New from Phaidon is , which earns a spot on this list for its beautiful photography and design as well as for its collection of hearty dishes from across Germany; $29.78 via Amazon. The German Cookbook The Noma Guide to Fermentation Above: Renè Redzepi, the most celebrated chef in the world, had a busy year, re-opening his Michelin-starred restaurant Noma in a historic, rambling military fortress in Copenhagen (see the interiors in Noma 2.0: The ‘New Nordic’ Authority Reopened and Redesigned). And, together with the chef in charge of the new Noma’s fermentation lab, Redzepi also penned for home cooks looking to learn how to incorporate fermentation into their own dishes, à la the world’s best restaurant. It’s currently $27.49 via Amazon. The Noma Guide to Fermentation