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Amazon has announced its list of best food and cookbooks of the year…so far, as chosen by their in-house team of editors who’ve scoured the literary world reading literally thousands of pages of chef memoirs, cookbooks, and other food writing. Among the selection are titles recognized by the James Beard Foundation, accounts from Michelin-starred chefs, and a few of the world’s most celebrated food journalists.

The list includes a flurry of cookbooks and food memoirs including Ed Levine’s story behind starting his beloved food blog Serious Eats, called “Serious Eater.” Ruth Reichl, a former restaurant critic for both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times makes the cut with an account of her time as Gourmet Magazine’s Editor in Chief, while two other New York Times contributors, Mark Bittman, and Priya Krishna, are included with their latest cookbook efforts, “Dinner for Everyone” (Bittman) and “Indian-ish” (Krishna). Celebrated L.A. bartender Christiaan Röllich is also named on the list of 20 books for his guide to handcrafted cocktails, “Bar Chef.”

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“These twenty titles highlight our picks for the very best in cooking and food writing so far this year,” said Seira Wilson, Senior Editor, Amazon Books. “There is something for everyone on this list, whether you are a home cook or an enthusiastic foodie. We chose books that we thought brought something new to the table through a mix of trusted names and new voices.”

See the full list of Amazon’s best food and cookbooks so far in 2019 below and all are, of course, available for purchase on Amazon. Check back on Amazon Prime Day (July) to see if any of these great food books go on sale, along with our coverage of other Amazon deals on kitchen and cooking tools.

“Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir” By Ruth Reichl, 13.98 on Amazon


For the first time, the iconic and award-winning editor and restaurant critic (New York Times and Los Angeles Times) chronicles her time as Editor in Chief of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine.Buy Now

“Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen” by Tasmin Kahn, $19.46 on Amazon


More than 80 recipes and stories celebrating Palestinian cuisine and food culture from storyteller, cook and activist Yasmin Khan. The books centers around mezze, fresh produce, and exotic meats found in the lush Mediterranean region.Buy Now

“Son of a Southern Chef” by Lazarus Lynch, $17.12 on Amazon


Known as much for his fashion as he is his mastery of Soul Food the two-time chopped winner blends his love of Soul and Carribbean cuisines in this debut cookbook featuring classics like brown butter candy yam mash with goat cheese brülée, and shrimp with crazy creamy cheddar grits.Buy Now

“The Prairie Homestead Cookbook” by Jill Winger, $16.99 on Amazon


Author of the popular blog The Prarie Homestead, Winger has parlayed her success into a debut cookbook with 100 wholesome recipes made from fresh ingredients fit for any house on the prairie or otherwise.Buy Now

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“Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business” by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, $17.05 on Amazon


If you’ve ever cater-waitered, and even if you haven’t, you’ll find this inside story fascinating. Re-live the drama behind massive events and soaring white tents where big personalities clash with real-world logistics and some impossible expectations.Buy Now

“EAT. COOK. L.A.” by Aleksandra Crapanzano, $19.49 on Amazon


L.A. is an ever-booming food metropolis. In this intimate guide, Crapanzano takes you passed the trendy hands to food trucks, coffee shops, dives, and cocktail lounges to find the best Los Angeles has to offer.Buy Now

“Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi, $14.41 on Amazon


Kwame grew up in the Bronx but spent much of his childhood in Nigeria. Kwame tells his heartfelt story starting from the bottom of the culinary food chain all the way to becoming 2019 James Beard Rising Star.Buy Now

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“Weber’s Ultimate Grilling” by Jamie Purviance, $18.34 on Amazon


This is a complete guide to grilling and your new go-to companion from one of the biggest and most trusted names. Chef Jaime Purviance takes you step by step inside some of the best tricks, tips, recipes and general info on grilling and BBQ.Buy Now

“Black Sea” by Caroline Eden $22.48 on Amazon


In this culinary journey, Caroline Eden travels from Odessa to Bessarabia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey’s Black Sea examining how these cultures connect through food. Meticulously researched and documented Eden with remarkable individuals in a food and travel story like few others.Buy Now

“Simple Cake” by Odette Williams, $12.99 on Amazon


“All you need to keep your friends and family in cake” is the mantra of this book. Odette Williams, owner of Brooklyn apron and a bakeware designer, delivers an ode to her absolute favorite dessert.Buy Now

“Dinner for Everyone” Mark Bittman, $23.24 on Amazon


In Dinner for Everyone, the beloved food writer and columnist (New York Times) Mark Bittman, shares 100 essential main dishes with easy, vegan and some more complicated “all-out” recipes to try depending on the occasion accompanied by more than 100 full-color photographs.Buy Now

“Serious Eater” by Ed Levine, $16.90 on Amazon

Serious Eater Ed Levine memoir


James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine tells a delicious and heart thumping story of building—and almost losing—one of the most beloved food websites in history.Buy Now

“My Mexico City Kitchen” by Gabriela Camara, $20.60 on Amazon


Mexico City continues its charge to the top of great global food cities. In this cookbook with over 150 recipes, chef Gabriela Cámara shares authentic and on-trend recipes, inspired by the capital city, that home chefs can make with confidence.Buy Now

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“Bar Chef” by Christiaan Rollich, $19.28 on Amazon


Celebrated L.A. bartender Christiaan Röllich approaches a drink the way a master chef approaches a dish, drawing on high-quality seasonal ingredients for his over 10o original recipes.Buy Now

“Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook” by Tyler Malek, $18.64 on Amazon


Based out of Portland, Ore., Salt & Straw is the brainchild of cousins, Tyler and Kim Malek who developed a simple ice cream base that takes five minutes to make, and an ice cream company that sees new flavors and inspiration everywhere they look. Using all that know-how, you can make dozens of Salt & Straw’s most beloved, unique (if not a little controversial) flavors, including Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Yikes.Buy Now

“Every Day is Saturday” by Sarah Copeland, $19.46 on Amazon


Recipes and strategies for easy Cooking, every day of the week, Copeland delivers 100+ recipes brimming with inspiration for simple weeknight cooking.Buy Now

“Breakfast: The Cookbook” by Emily Elyse Miller, $31.42 on Amazon


Exactly what it sounds like. A collection of hundreds of recipes celebrating morning meals as they afre prepared in kitchens across the world. Each is accessible, with notes on cultural context and culinary insight. Everything from Egyptian Ful Medames (stewed fava beans); Mexican Chilaquiles; Chinese Pineapple Buns; American Scones; Scottish Morning Rolls, and so much more.Buy Now

“No Crumbs Left: Whole30 Endorsed” Recipes by Teri Turner, $19.49 on Amazon


The Whole30 diet/cleanse hybrid continues to gain popularity among athletes and those looking to detox their bodies. Teri Turner helps take the stress and guesswork out of the plan with hundreds of Whole30-approved recipe to make at home without a culinary degree.Buy Now

“Indian-ish” by Priya Krishna, $16.80 on Amazon


A lively submission from New York Time’s food writer Priya Krishna’s and loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” style of cooking. Packed with easy to make, clever, practical, flavorful and even giggle0inducing spins on Indian like roti pizza, tomato rice with crispy cheddar, whole roasted cauliflower with green pea chutney, and Malaysian ramen. Yum.Buy Now

*Over the course of the year, the Amazon Books editorial team reads hundreds of thousands of pages of new releases to select the Best Books of the Month as well as the Best Books of the Year So Far and at the end of the year, the Best Books of the Year. To learn more about the team, and read author interviews, book features, and more, visit

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