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 US 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.
As cities around the world have sprung back to life, there’s been a lot to keep track of this year. And as much as we’ve frequented the heck out of our favourite restaurants again, during the pandemic home cooking became an essential part of our weekly routine. Whether you’re just mastering sourdough or you’re a TikTok-famous feta influencer, we could all use some new material. And these incredible cookbooks released during 2021 have offered 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 favour 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 cookbooks that got us through 2021 and order your favourites today.