Ever given much thought to the ubiquitous nature of rice? Michael W. Twitty has. The author and culinary historian explores the grain's importance to foodways of the South through 51 recipes that span Creole, Low Country and soul food cuisines. Readers will delve into rice's African diasporic identity while making dishes like Savannah rice waffles and Ghanaian crab stew.
There's a lot to look forward to this year as cities around the world spring back to life. As much as we're frequenting the heck out of our favorite restaurants again, home cooking has become an essential part of our weekly routine – and we don't hate it. Whether you're just mastering sourdough or you're a TikTok-famous feta influencer, we could all use some new material. The best new cookbooks of 2021 offer just that: heaps of fantastically fresh recipes that span the globe and boost your skills.
Trying to break out of a cooking rut? Pick up Sam Sifton's No-Recipe Recipes, which ditches formality in favor of fun. Craving something lighter? You'll find plenty of inspiration in Julia Turshen's Simply Julia as well as Gregory Gourdet's Everyone's Table. But that's just scraping the surface. Take a look at the best new cookbooks of 2021 and pre-order your favorites today. Rest assured, we'll keep this list updated as more new titles are announced throughout the year.
Cookbooks are listed in chronological order by their release date, with newer and forthcoming picks toward the bottom of the list (keep scrolling!).