Best Cookbooks of 2018
…and the top-rated book around the world in 2018 is Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi This is the 6th time that Ottolenghi has had the number 1 book of the year – really no-one else stands a chance when he has a book published that year.
This is our 10th year of compiling the Best of the Best. We search the globe to come up with the definitive list of the best books on food and drink of the year. Not just one reviewer’s opinion but an amalgamation of every list we could find.
In this year’s Best of the Best list we combined more than 300 Best Cookbooks of 2018 lists from TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Websites, Blogs and Booksellers across the world (there are links to all of them below).
For those of you interested in data:
- From 308 lists there were 3,084 votes
- 802 different cookbooks made the list
- 301 cookbooks had only one vote
1. Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi shares 120 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and flavour combinations that the world-famous chef is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy. Perhaps his most approachable title to date there is something for everyone here.
2. The Noma Guide to Fermentation by René Redzepi & David Zilber shows readers how to build their own pantry of ferments, including koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-fermented vegetables, and black fruits. Even though the award-winning restaurant has a reputation for high-end dishes, the instructions here are approachable with supporting photographs that demonstrate the steps to re-create each of Noma’s innovative flavors at home.
3. Season, Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma, the blogger behind A Brown Table and weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, presents a spectacular first offering filled with the author’s soulful recipes and stunning photography. Sharma’s Indian heritage shines in this title adding warmth and comfort to the dishes here.
4. Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, a beloved author that has earned the trust of millions of cookbook fans worldwide, shares 175 “Dorie recipes” in her latest offering. Dorie’s books are well tested, approachable, and impressive. What makes them “Dorie recipes” is that each recipe contains a simple surprise that transforms a dish to extraordinary status.
6. Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen is seasonally organized by menus with ideas for reimagining leftovers, which in turn eliminates food waste. However, before you have a leftover you must have the original meal. Therefore, she shares dishes that are comforting and varied with myriad ideas to make leftovers (if any) fresh and exciting. This book, like all her previous work, is no small victory.
7. How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry is a beautiful book that contains recipes that will take you through the year and to different parts of the world. While the 24 menus and 100 recipes here reflect places Diana loves, and dishes that are her favorites, the tone of the book makes us feel at home in Diana’s kitchen.
8. Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook delivers a whirlwind experience that is wrought by the passion of the authors’ love of Israel. While Israeli Soul is indeed filled with 177 recipes, its true value is found in the narrative of a man who loves his birth country. His gift to us is bringing the culture and cuisine of Israel into our hearts. The countless photographs that capture the beauty of Israel, its people and its food are captivating. There are books that make you want to cook, then there is this book that makes you want to live.
9. Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen. Ina’s books are member favorites and her latest is special with tutorials on knife work, seasoning and plating.
10. Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One by Anita Lo presents 101 accessible, contemporary, and sophisticated recipes for home cooks, most of which take less than 30 minutes to make. Drawn from her childhood, her years cooking around the world, and her extensive travels, these are globally-inspired, restaurant-quality dishes from Lo’s own repertoire.
- Rose’s Baking Basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Feast by Anissa Helou
- Joe Beef – Surviving the Apocalypse by David McMillan, Frédéric Morin & Meredith Erickson
The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson
Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski
Top British/Irish Picks
Top Australian/New Zealand Picks
Top Canadian Picks
1. Joe Beef:
Surviving the Apocalypse by David McMillan, Frédéric
Morin & Meredith Erickson
2. Set For the Holidays With Anna Olson
=3. In the French Kitchen with Kids by Mardi Michels
=3. Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
=3. Uncomplicated by Claire Tansey
=3. The Last Schmaltz by Anthony Rose & Chris Johns
7. The Noma Guide to Fermentation by René Redzepi & David Zilberl
=8. For the Love of Cheese by Afrim Pristine
=8. Ship to Shore by John Bil
Top Drinks Books
by Rebekah Peppler
2. Cocktail Codex by Alex Day, David Kaplan & Nick Fauchald
3. Wine Food by Dana Frank & Andrea Slonecker
4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita by Tim Federle
=5. The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Atchatz et al
=5. The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry & Jillian Vose
=5. The One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman
=8. Beer Hacks by Ben Robinson
=8. Godforsaken Grapes by Jason Wilson
=8. Tasting the Past by Kevin Begos
Top Vegetarian & Vegan Books
=1. Superiority Burger Cookbook by Brooks Headley
=3. Bosh! by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
=3. Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley
=5. The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer
=5. Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota
=5. Pretty Simple Cooking by Sonja & Alex Overhiser
=5. Smith & DELI-cious by Shannon Martinez & Mo Wyse
Top Memoirs & Books About Food
Sources for Data
Eat Your Books
TV, Radio, YouTube & Podcasts
88Nine Radio Milwaukee, BBC (The Food Programme), CBC, The Feed Podcast, Food Network, Food Network (healthy books), HGTV, KCRW Good Food (Santa Monica), NBC News (Better), NPR (The Concierge), Today FM (Ireland), WFAE. WGBH (Boston)
Newspapers & magazines
USA: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arlington Advocate, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (best cocktail books), The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appétit, Bon Appétit (food books), Bookpage, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cooking Light, Country Living, Culture Magazine, Daily Herald (Chicago), Daily Herald (Everett), Deep South Magazine, Edible Communities, Esquire Magazine, Field and Stream, Food & Wine Magazine (cookbooks), Forbes (drinks books), The Forward, Harper’s Bazaar, Houston Chronicle, Jarry, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee Magazine, The Morning Call, New Haven Register, The New York Times, The New York Times (baking books), The New York Times (best wine books), The New Yorker, Newsday, O Magazine, Outside, Parade, Philadelphia Inquirer, Prevention Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly (gifts), Rachael Ray Every Day, San Antonio Current (cocktail books), San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle (DateBook), San Jose Mercury News, Saveur, Saveur (gifts), Seattle Met, Seattle Times (gifts), Seattle Times (wine books), Self, Shape Magazine, Southern Living, The Star-Ledger (NJ), Star Tribune (baking books), Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (kids’ cookbooks), Star Tribune (wine books), Sweet Paul Magazine, Time Out Los Angeles, VICE, Vogue, Wall Street Journal (food books), The Washington Post (cookbooks), The Washington Post (wine books), Wine Enthusiast (Italian), Wine Enthusiast (natural wine books), Wired
UK & Ireland: BBC Good Food, Daily Mail, Delicious Magazine, Financial Times, The Guardian, House & Garden, The Independent (best cookbooks), The Independent (best gift cookbooks), The Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, The Irish Times, Observer Food Monthly, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Times, The Times (gifts), Vanity Fair (UK), Waitrose Food Magazine, The Week
Blogs, websites & online magazines
USA: $5 Dinners, Always Ravenous, A Beautiful Plate, Best Products, BFF With the Chef, The Blondissima, BookBub, Booklist, BookRiot (cookbooks), BookRiot (books about food), Business Insider, Cake ‘n Knife, Center of the Plate, The Chalkboard, Civil Eats, Clean Plates, Cookie and Kate, Cool Material, A Cozy Kitchen, Crazy Blonde Life, Delish, Dessert First, The Dish, Didn’t I Just Feed You?, Eat Drink Frolic, Eat the Love Pt.1, Eat the Love Pt.2, Eater, Eater (gifts), Eater (books about food), The Entertainment Report, Epicurious (gift books), Everyday Annie, Food52 (The Piglet), Food52 (community picks), Food in Jars, Fork in the Road, Gear Patrol, Grub Street, Health.com, Healthish (Bon Appetit), The Helm, Hop Culture, How Sweet Eats, Howe We Live, Huffington Post, Inside Hook (cocktail books), Jersey Girl Cooks, Jewlicious, Keto Summit, The Kitchn, Lennart’s Place, Library Journal, Life as a Strawberry, Live Love Laugh Food, Louisiana Cookin’, Love & Olive Oil, Make It Better, The Manual, Kim Turner McCulley, Meatless Mondays, Mind Body Green, Mother Jones, Munchies, My Best Cookbooks, My Domaine, My Milligram, New Worlder, Omnivoracious, One Green Planet, Plate (general), PopSugar, Pure Wow, Read It Forward, Remodelsita, The Robb Report, Sarah’s Bake Studio, A Sassy Spoon, A Serious Bunburyist, Serious Eats, She Knows, Shelf Awareness, Shockingly Delicious, Smithsonian.com, Snippet Media, The Spruce Eats (best vegan cookbooks), Starchefs, The Takeout, Tasting Table (best starter cookbooks), Tasting Table (best grilling books), Treats With a Twist, Turntable Kitchen, Two Peas & Their Pod, The Vanilla Bean Blog, VB in the City, Vegan.com, What’s Gaby Cooking, Whole Food Bellies, Wide Open Eat, Wine Blog, Zestful KitchenThe Zoe Report
Canada: Eat.Live.Travel.Write (kid’s cookbooks), Eat.Live.Travel.Write (holiday entertaining), Eat.Live.Travel.Write (home cooks), Eat.Live.Travel.Write (specialty cookbooks), Eat North, Food Bloggers Canada, Good Life Vancouver, The Good Web Guide, Gothic Epicures, Post City Toronto
Booksellers, Libraries & Book Awards
Amazon.com, The Andre Simon Awards (UK), Angus & Robertson Bookworld (Australia), Appetite for Books of Montreal, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Book Larder of Seattle, Booktopia (Australia), Cook + Book of Arnhem, Netherlands, Good Reads, Harvard Book Store of Cambridge MA, Indigo (Canada), Irish Book Awards, Kitchen Arts & Letters of New York, De Kookboekhandel of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Omnivore Books of San Francisco, Powell’s of Portland, Powell’s (staff picks), Readings of Melbourne, Read It and Eat of Chicago, Scrumptious Reads of Brisbane, Waterstone’s (best vegan & vegetarian)