Osteria: 1,000 Generous and Simple Recipes from Italy's Best Local Restaurants by Slow Food Editore
If you or someone in your life loves Italian, this is the book to get. With 1,000 (yes, that’s right) recipes from every region in Italy and years of research behind it, this is a compilation of passed down word-of-mouth recipes from off-the-beaten-track restaurants. This gem of a book contains some classic recipes such as pasta alla carbonara, but you’ll also come across highly local dishes you might not be familiar with. Broken down by course, delve into the Italian tradition of the rustic local feel of an osteria in Italy.
To buy: $32; amazon.com.
Grow, Cook, Nourish: A Kitchen Garden Companion in 500 Recipes by Darina Allen
You’ll not only learn about the health, economic, and environmental benefits of growing your own food—which bestselling author, Allen, believes anyone can do, but you’ll also get recipes divided into sections: vegetables, fruit, herbs, wild, foraged and nuts, and edible flowers. For each ingredient, you’ll learn varieties, how to grow and keep, nutritional facts, and how to use it in the kitchen. The book is stunning with its diverse recipes, which we want to cook ASAP.
To buy: $29; amazon.com.
Zingerman’s Bakehouse by Amy Emberling & Frank Carollo
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Ann Arbor’s renowned artisanal bakery shares 65 of their scrumptious recipes for bakers of all skill levels. The detailed recipes and gorgeous shots will make it all a joyous breeze. With measurements in both grams and cups, there’ll be no need to ask Google for conversions or to use a scale. Try Zingerman’s famous sour cream coffee or one of the fragrant loaves without leaving your kitchen.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Catalonia: Spanish Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond by José Pizarro
From the little bars of Barcelona and the rest of the region of Catalonia in the northeast of Spain, Pizarro envelops readers with his interpretation of Catalan flavors and empowers home cooks to create tapas and Spanish fare in their kitchen. The striking book is organized by meat, fish, vegetables, and dessert chapters. Every recipe, though geared toward a global palette, is captivating. Complete with menu ideas, drinks, and suggestions of places to eat in Barcelona and beyond, you might just have to book a flight out.
To buy: $29; amazon.com.
Secret Sauces: Fresh and Modern Recipes, with Hundreds of Ideas for Elevating Everyday Dishes by Vanessa Seder
A sauce can be transformative to any dish—and this book is packed with sauces that are simple, yet deliver maximum flavor. With eight sections that start of with a mother sauce, this book is a handy kitchen reference with the power to elevate any meal. Choose among creamy, tangy, herby, fruity, nutty, spicy, chunky, and confectionary flavors. Beyond that you will also find variations—tons of info in a very visual, helpful way. Additional sauces appear in every section along with a recipe for a finished dish. Meals just got a whole lot better.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.