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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Top: from Every Day is Saturday by Sarah Copeland

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.)

The Nimble Cook by Ronna Welsh

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….

Ronna Welsh, The Nimble Cook: New Strategies for Great Meals That Make the Most of Your Ingredients  | Hear the Episode

Sarah Copeland, Every Day is Saturday: Recipes and Strategies for Easy Cooking Every Day of the Week  | Hear the Episode

Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy: Unfancy Recipes for Having People Over | Episode coming soon!

Family: A new vegetarian cookbook by Hetty McKinnon

Hetty McKinnon, Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day | Hear the Episode

Sara Dickerman, Secrets of Great Second Meals: Flexible Modern Recipes that Value Time and Limit Waste | Hear the Episode

Olivia Mack McCool, Lunch! Flavorful, Colorful, Powerful Lunch Bowls to Reclaim Your Midday Meal  | Hear the Episode


Indian-ish cookbook by Priya Krishna

Priya Krishna, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family  | Hear the Episode

Cathy Swanson, Learn with Betty: Essential Recipes and Techniques to be a Confident Cook  | Hear the Episode

Anita Lo, Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One | Hear the Episode

The President's Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller

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!)

Marion Nestle, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat  | Hear the Episode


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