Cookbook of the Month Archive

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"Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking" by Michael Solomonov

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov

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May 2018"Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites" by Deb Perelman"
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman
Deb PerelmanInternational
April 2018"A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing)" by Anna Jones"
A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing) by Anna Jones
Anna JonesVegetarian
March 2018"Koreatown: A Cookbook" by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard and "Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking" by Maangchi"
Koreatown: A Cookbook by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard and Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking by Maangchi
Matt Rodbard and MaangchiKorean
February 2018"More Mexican Everyday: Simple, Seasonal, Celebratory"
More Mexican Everyday: Simple, Seasonal, Celebratory by Rick Bayless
Rick BaylessMexican
January 2018"All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China"
All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China by Carolyn Phillips
Carolyn PhillipsChinese
December 2017"Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook and Martha Stewart's Appetizers"
Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook and Martha Stewart's Appetizers by Martha Stewart
Martha StewartAppetizers
November 2017"Honey & Co.: The Cookbook"
Honey & Co.: The Cookbook
Itamar Srulovich and Sarit PackerMiddle East
October 2017"Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables"
Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables
Joshua McFadden and Martha HolmbergSeasonal
September 2017"Small Victories"
Small Victories
Julia TurshenInternational
August 2017"The Barbecue! Bible"
The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen
Steven RaichlenBarbecue
July 2017"Deep Run Roots"
Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard
Vivian HowardSouthern
June 2017"The Malaysian Kitchen"
The Malaysian Kitchen by Christina Arokiasamy
Christina ArokiasamyMalaysian
May 2017"The A.O.C. Cookbook"
The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin
Suzanne GoinInternational
April 2017"Dinner: Changing the Game"
Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark
Melissa ClarkInternational
March 2017"GJelina"
GJelina by Travis Lett
Travis LettAmerican
Februrary 2017"The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos"
The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos by Robb Walsh
Robb WalshTex-Mex
January 2017"Simple"
Simple by Diana Henry
Diana HenryInternational
December 2016"Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)"
Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Russell Norman
Russell NormanItalian
November 2016"Twelve Months of Monastery Soups"
Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Victor D'Avila-Latourrette
Victor D'Avila-LatourretteInternational
October 2016"The Legendary Cuisine of Persia"
The Legendary Cuisine of Persia by Margaret Shaida
Margaret ShaidaPersian
"The New Persian Kitchen"
The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia
Louisa ShafiaPersian
"Food of Life"
Food of Life by Najmieh Batmanglij
Najmieh BatmanglijPersian
September 2016"Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes"
Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan
Peter MeehanAsian
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan
David Chang and Peter MeehanAsian
August 2016"Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey: The Mediterranean Flavors of Sardinia"
Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey: The Mediterranean Flavors of Sardinia by Efisio Farris
Efisio FarrisMediterranean
July 2016"Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi"
Yotam OttolenghiVegetarian
June 2016"The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria"
Nancy SilvertonItalian
May 2016"Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen"
Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha
Meera SodhaIndian
April 2016April Bloomfield Month
April Bloomfield Month
April BloomfieldGeneral
March 2016"Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook"
Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook
Anya von Bremzen and John WelchmanRussian
February 2016"Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking"
Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking
Kian Lam KhoChinese
January 2016"The Zuni Cafe Cookbook"
The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
Judy RodgersGeneral
December 2015"Food52 Genius Recipes"
Food52 Genius Recipes
Kristen MigloreGeneral
November 2015"Simply French"
Simply French
Patricia WellsFrench
October 2015"Prune"
Gabrielle HamiltonGeneral
September 2015"A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South"
A Gracious Plenty
John T. EdgeSouthern
August 2015"The New Spanish Table" by Anya von Bremzen and "My Kitchen in Spain" by Janet Mendel
The New Spanish Table
July 2015"The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean"
The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean
Paula WolfertMediterranean
June 2015"Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style"
Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style
Viana La PlaceItalian
May 2015"Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food"
Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food
Nigel SlaterGeneral
April 2015"Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)"
Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)
Russell NormanItalian
March 2015"Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen"
Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen
Hi Soo Shin HepinstallKorean
February 2015"Mighty Spice Cookbook"
Mighty Spice Cookbook
John Gregory-SmithGeneral
January 2015"The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from Around the World"
The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from Around the World
Linda Lau AnusasanananChinese
December 2014"The Essential New York Times Cookbook"
The Essential New York Times Cookbook
Amanda HesserGeneral
November 2014"The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa"
The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa
Marcus SamuelssonAfrican
October 2014"The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day"
The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day
Claudia RodenJewish
September 2014"Avec Eric"
Avec Eric
Eric RipertGeneral
August 2014Diana Henry Month
Diana Henry Month
Diana HenryGeneral
July 2014"Radically Simple: 325 Inspiring Recipes from Award-Winning Chef Rozanne Gold"
Radically Simple: 325 Inspiring Recipes from Award-Winning Chef Rozanne Gold
Rozanne GoldGeneral
June 2014"My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories"
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
David LebovitzFrench
May 2014"My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking"
My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking
Niloufer Ichaporia KingIndian
April 2014"Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand"
Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
Andy Ricker with JJ GoodeThai
March 2014"Stir: Mixing It up in the Italian Tradition"
Stir: Mixing It up in the Italian Tradition
Barbara LynchItalian
February 2014"Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More"
Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More
Andrea NguyenAsian
January 2014"Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America"
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America
Maricel E. PresillaLatin American
December 2013"All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art"
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Molly StevensRoasting
November 2013Marcella Hazan Month
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Marcella HazanItalian
October 2013"The Food of Portugal" by Jean Anderson and "The New Portuguese Table" by David Leite
The New Portuguese Table
September 2013"Smoke & Pickles"
Smoke & Pickles
Edward LeeSouthern-Korean Fusion
August 2013"Mediterranean Harvest"
Mediterranean Harvest
Martha Rose ShulmanMediterranean, Vegetarian
July 2013"Big Small Plates"
Big Small Plates
Cindy PawlcynSmall Plates
June 2013"Burma: Rivers of Flavor"
Burma: Rivers of Flavor
Naomi DuguidBurmese
May 2013"Mexican Everyday"
Mexican Everyday
Rick BaylessMexican
April 2013"Ad Hoc at Home"
Ad Hoc at Home
Thomas KellerAmerican
March 2013"Every Grain of Rice"
Every Grain of Rice
Fuchsia DunlopChinese
February 2013"Bistro Cooking at Home"
Bistro Cooking at Home
Gordon HamersleyBistro
January 2013"Jerusalem: A Cookbook"
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiIsraeli
December 2012"How to Eat"
How to Eat
Nigella LawsonGeneral
November 2012"The Union Square Cafe Cookbook" and "Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe"
The Union Square Cafe Cookbook
Danny Meyer and Michael RomanoAmerican
October 2012"660 Curries"
660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer
Raghavan IyerIndian
September 2012"My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South"
Rosetta Costantino with Janet FletcherItalian
August 2012"Planet Barbecue!" by Steven Raichlen and "Raising the Salad Bar" by Catherine Walthers
July 2012"Fish Without a Doubt"
Rick Moonen and Roy FinamoreSeafood
June 2012"The Homesick Texan Cookbook"
Lisa FainTexan
May 2012"The Food of Spain" by Claudia Roden and "Moro: The Cookbook" by Sam and Sam Clark
April 2012"Cook This Now" and "In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite" by Melissa Clark
March 2012"The Olive and the Caper"
The Olive and the Caper by Susanna Hoffman
Susanna HoffmanGreek
February 2012"Washoku" by Elizabeth Andoh and "Japanese Cooking" by Shizuo Tsuji
Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh
January 2012"Essential Pépin"
Essential Pépin by Jacques Pépin
Jacques PépinGeneral
December 2011"The 150 Best American Recipes"
The 150 Best American Recipes by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
Fran McCullough and Molly StevensAmerican
November 2011"The Gourmet Cookbook"
The Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl
Edited by Ruth ReichlGeneral
October 2011"The Splendid Table"
The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Lynne Rossetto KasperItalian
September 2011"Tender" and "The Kitchen Diaries"
Tender by Nigel Slater
Nigel SlaterGeneral
August 2011"World Vegetarian" by Madhur Jaffrey and "Paletas" by Fany Gerson
World Vegetarian
July 2011"Molto Gusto" and "Italian Grill"
Molto Gusto
Mario BataliItalian
June 2011"Seductions of Rice"
Seductions of Rice
Jeffrey Alford and Naomi DuguidGeneral
May 2011"Plenty" and "Ottolenghi"
Yotam OttolenghiEuropean/North African
April 2011"Around My French Table"Dorie GreenspanFrench
March 2011"The Naked Chef," "The Return of the Naked Chef," "Happy Days with the Naked Chef," "Jamie's Italy"Jamie OliverGeneral
February 2011"The Essential New York Times Cookbook"Amanda HesserGeneral
January 2011"Breath of a Wok" and "Stir-Frying to the Sky's EdgeGrace YoungAsian
December 2010Gourmet Today (revisit)Ruth ReichlGeneral
November 2010World of Food and The Cooking of Southwest FrancePaula WolfertGeneral
November/December 2010"Cookies" by Maida Heatter and "Ready for Dessert" by David Lebovitz Baking
October 2010The Barefoot Contessa CookbookIna GartenGeneral
September 2010Arabesque and The New Book of Middle Eastern FoodClaudia RodenMediterranean
August 2010The Complete Asian CookbookCharmaine SolomonAsian
July 2010Italian Easy and Italian Two EasyRose Gray and Ruth RogersItalian
May/June 2010Gourmet TodayRuth ReichlGeneral
April 2010How to Cook EverythingMark BittmanGeneral
March 2010The Essential Cuisines of MexicoDiana KennedyMexican
February 2010Louisiana KitchenPaul PrudhommeCajun
January 2010"Trattoria" and "Bistro Cooking"Patricia WellsItalian/French
November/December 2009Roast Chicken and Other StoriesSimon HopkinsonBritish
November/December 2009All About BraisingMolly StevensBraising
October 2009Classic Indian CookingJulie SahniIndian
October 2009Indian CookingMadhur JaffreyIndian
September 2009Cookbook of the Month Authors in Residence! Martha Foose and Virgina Willis American- Southern
September 2009Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern CookMartha Hall FooseAmerican- Southern
September 2009Bon Appetit Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern CookingVirginia WillisAmerican- Southern
August 2009Ottolenghi: The CookbookYotam Ottolenghi, Sami TamimiMediterranean/ General
July 2009Spice: Flavors of the Eastern MediterraneanAna SortunMediterranean
June 2009Elizabeth David Classics: Mediterranean Food, French Country Food and Summer CookingElizabeth DavidMediterranean and French
May 2009Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore and MalaysiaJames OselandAsian- Southeast
April 2009Breakfast, Lunch, TeaRose CarrariniGeneral
March 2009Fish Without a DoubtRick Moonen and Roy FinamoreGeneral
February 2009A New Way to CookSally Schneider General
January 2008Zuni Café Cookbook (revisited)Judy RodgersGeneral
December 2008Sunday Suppers at Lucques (revisited)Suzanne GoinGeneral
November 2008The Art of Simple FoodAlice WatersGeneral
October 2008Babbo, Molto Italiano, Simple Italian CookingMario BataliItalian
September 2008Into the Vietnamese KitchenAndrea NguyenAsian- Vietnamese
September 2008Pleasures of the Vietnamese TableMai PhamAsian- Vietnamese
August 2008The Glorious Foods of GreeceDiane KochilasGreek
July 2008Vegetarian Cooking for EveryoneDeborah MadisonVegetables
June 2008La Cocina De Mama, Tapas, The Foods and Wines of Spain, DeliciosoPenelope CasasSpanish
May 2008The Flexitarian TablePeter BerleyGeneral
April 2008Roast Chicken and Other StoriesSimon HopkinsonGeneral
March 2008Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook and Land of PlentyFuchsia DunlopAsian- Chinese
February 2008Frank Stitt's Southern TableFrank StittAmerican- Southern
January 2008The Slow Mediterranean KitchenPaula WolfertMediterranean
December 2007Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook & Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres HandbookMartha StewartBaking, Hors D' Oevres
November 2007The Silver Palate CookbookJulee Rosso & Sheila LukinsGeneral
October 2007All Julia Child RecipesJulia ChildFrench
September 2007Vegetable HarvestPatricia WellsVegetables
August 2007License to Grill, The Thrill of the Grill, and Let the Flames BeginChris Schlesinger & John WilloughbyGrilling
July 2007Forever SummerNigella LawsonGeneral
June 2007Country CookingEdna LewisAmerican
May 2007Sunday Suppers at LucquesSuzanne GoinSeasonal
April 2007ArabesqueClaudia RodenMorocco, Turkey, Lebanon
March 2007Leite's CulinariaDavid LeiteGeneral
February 2007Hot Sour Salty SweetJeffrey Alford & Naomi DuguidAsian- Southeast
January 2007Zuni Café CookbookJudy RodgersGeneral
December 2006Baking from My Home to YoursDorie GreenspanBaking
November 2006Mexico One Plate at a TimeRick BaylessMexican
October 2006All About BraisingMolly StevensBraising
September 2006Essentials of Classic Italian CookingMarcella HazanItalian