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Remodelista Gift Guide 2022: 11 Favorite New Cookbooks (Just Add Ribbon)

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Remodelista Gift Guide 2022: 11 Favorite New Cookbooks (Just Add Ribbon)

November 25, 2022

Herein, our annual shortlist of the most notable cookbooks of 2022, the ones we can’t wait to get our hands on. The common thread among this year’s crop? Comfort food done well: breads, pies, Italian staples from an NYC favorite, and meditations on food and memory. All of our favorites are beautifully photographed (or illustrated), pretty enough to tie a ribbon on and call it a day.

Take a look:

N.B.: We’ve linked to Bookshop throughout, though we encourage ordering from your local bookstore whenever possible.

we&#8\2\17;ve previously featured the luminous interiors of st. lawrence re 12
Above: We’ve previously featured the luminous interiors of St. Lawrence restaurant in Vancouver (see A Sultry, Blue-Hued Bistro, Right Out of a Painting), so we were intrigued to see their evocative new cookbook, Where the River Narrows: Classic French & Nostalgic Québécois Recipes from St. Lawrence Restaurant by J-C Poirier with Joie Alvaro Kent ($37.20 at Bookshop). (The restaurant also earned a Michelin star this fall.)
another pick from a favorite restaurant: via carota, in nyc&#8\2\17;s west  13
Above: Another pick from a favorite restaurant: Via Carota, in NYC’s West Village, is a favorite among Remodelista’s editors; now, co-owners Jody Williams and Rita Sodi share the recipes for their simple Italian dishes in Via Carota: A Celebration of Seasonal Cooking from the Beloved Greenwich Village Restaurant ($37.20 at Bookshop). (I tasted their roasted carrots with spiced yogurt and pistachios once, years ago, and have been thinking about it ever since; the recipe is indeed included in the book.)
in justice of the pies: sweet and savory pies, quiches, and tarts plus inspirat 14
Above: In Justice of the Pies: Sweet and Savory Pies, Quiches, and Tarts Plus Inspirational Stories from Exceptional People, author, Netflix star, and owner of Chicago’s Justice of the Pies bake shop Maya-Camille Broussard interweaves recipes for 85 sweet (and savory) pies with portraits of social justice pioneers. It’s $27.90 at Bookshop.
ukraine born, london based chef and cookbook author olia hercules &#8\2\20; 15
Above: Ukraine-born, London-based chef and cookbook author Olia Hercules “gives us her food story through her very favorite recipes” in her latest book, Home Food: 100 Recipes to Comfort and Connect, drawing inspiration from her years in Ukraine, Italy, the UK, and beyond ($32.55 at Bookshop).
a good day to bake: simple baking recipes for every mood by former great b 16
Above: A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood by former Great British Bake-Off contestant Benjamina Ebuehi has a premise we can get behind: “This is a cookbook that embraces simplicity, mindfulness, and the therapeutic comforts of baking” any season or day of the week, no occasion needed. It’s $29.76 at Bookshop.
icelandic cook solla eiriksdottir breaks down simple vegan cooking in the appro 17
Above: Icelandic cook Solla Eiriksdottir breaks down simple vegan cooking in the approachable Vegan at Home: Recipes for a Modern Plant-Based Lifestyle ($37.15 from Bookshop).
the book is divided into three sections: &#8\2\20;basics (vegan staples suc 18
Above: The book is divided into three sections: “Basics (vegan staples such as nut milks and tofu); Everyday (breakfast through to dinner); and Celebrations.”
we like the sounds of gateau: the surprising simplicity of french cakes, in whi 19
Above: We like the sounds of Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes, in which James Beard Award-winning writer Aleksandra Crapanzano shares “the secrets of the cakes Parisians bake at home” ($27.90 at Bookshop).
the bread book: 60 artisanal recipes for the home baker by Éric kayser (fo 20
Above: The Bread Book: 60 Artisanal Recipes for the Home Baker by Éric Kayser (founder of bakery Maison Kayser) is a “masterclass” in book form ($37.15 from Bookshop).
in it, kayser delves into bread baking of all varieties, including using many k 21
Above: In it, Kayser delves into bread baking of all varieties, including using many kinds of flour (and gluten-free options) as well as “a handy troubleshooting section that addresses common bread-making dilemmas.”
once you&#8\2\17;ve made all of the breads in the book above, what to do? w 22
Above: Once you’ve made all of the breads in the book above, what to do? We like the no-waste mindset of Every Last Crumb: From Fresh Loaf to Final Crust, Recipes to Make the Most of Your Bread by James Ramsden ($18 from Omnivore Books).
not quite a cookbook, the complete language of food: a definitive & illustr 23
Above: Not quite a cookbook, The Complete Language of Food: A Definitive & Illustrated History by S. Theresa Dietz nevertheless makes a lovely and useful gift for the food connoisseur.  
it&#8\2\17;s beautifully illustrated; \$30 from omnivore books. 24
Above: It’s beautifully illustrated; $30 from Omnivore Books.
finally, the charming my first popsicle: an anthology of food and feelings, edi 25
Above: Finally, the charming My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings, edited by Zosia Mamet, explores the inevitable interweaving of food and emotion, with essays by writers and creatives (“Stephanie Danler on vinaigrette and starting over, Anita Lo on the cultural responsibility of dumplings, Tony Hale on his obsession with desserts at chain restaurants, Patti LuPone on childhood memories of seeking out shellfish…”). It’s $24.18 at Bookshop.

For past years’ favorites, see:

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