Cookbooks aren’t just about recipes — they open us up to new perspectives, new cultures, new ways of thinking about food. They can be funny, quirky or heartfelt., and they can even make our lives richer — both at mealtime and beyond. Whether you’re nodding along right now or thinking, “what the heck is she talking about?” I think you’ll really enjoy this chat with Suzy Chase, the host of the #1 cookbook podcast, Cookery by the Book.
Hopefully this discussion about some of her favorite interviews will inspire you to change things up, try a new cuisine, hone a skill, or even get your kids in the kitchen more.
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11 new cookbooks families should consider picking up: All kinds of books for all kinds of families
Suzy takes so much time to curate a great range of cookbooks with all kinds of cuisines, for all kinds of levels. So it was fun to hear her takes on some of the best new cookbooks, as well as her favorite tips and trends garnered from each of them.
(Spoiler: Bowls are moving out, platters moving in.)
Here are 11 of the top new cookbooks we discussed in the episode. Be sure to listen to Suzy Chase’s great interviews with each of these chefs, cooks, restauranteurs and food editors on Cookery By the Book, to get to know the books a little more.
All books are available from our affiliate Amazon or your local indie bookseller or kitchen store
In no particular order….
Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy: Unfancy Recipes for Having People Over | Episode coming soon!
Hetty McKinnon, Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day | Hear the Episode
Olivia Mack McCool, Lunch! Flavorful, Colorful, Powerful Lunch Bowls to Reclaim Your Midday Meal | Hear the Episode
Adrian E. Miller, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Stories of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families | Hear the Episode. (Also visit Adrian’s website, Soul Food Scholar!)
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Weekly meal-planning help on Cool Mom Eats. (You can even subscribe and get 5 recipes delivered to your inbox once a week.)
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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (The book even better than the TV series)
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