'For all the people who started making their own sourdough in 2020 – not to mention those who've been doing it for years – Tartine Bread is the baking bible. I used it to make delicious crusty loaves throughout lockdown, carefully following the method that author Chad Robertson has spent a lifetime researching and perfecting, learning about things like bulk fermentation and baker’s percentages. And, like all good cookbooks, I slowly started to find that the real enjoyment was not in the crisp slices of toast that I’d made, but in the opportunity to slow down, unplug and take a bit of time for myself. That’s been more important than ever before this year.' –Alex Plim, director of digital content
This year, more than ever, we opened our pocketbooks to support local restaurants through takeaway and delivery. But when we weren't conquering a pile of pad thai or sipping to-go cocktails, many of us had to learn how to cook. Some of us for the first time. As we near the end of the year, we asked Time Out staffers to tell us about the best cookbooks they relied on to get them through 2020. As a surprise to no one, many of us leaned heavy on baking, learning how to craft the perfect sourdough loaf, killer banana bread and fudgy chocolate cake. Others quenched their wanderlust in the kitchen, trying their hand at dumplings, bibimbap, chai masala and fattoush. It's never too late to pick up one of the best cookbooks of 2020 and hunker down at home with some of the world's best cooks.