Springtime means warmer, sunnier days, an influx of new seasonal ingredients, as well as plenty of cookbooks you’ll want to add to your bookcase. And as the coronavirus continues across the U.S., Americans are finding themselves spending plenty of time at home—and doing a lot of cooking. All of these spring 2020 cookbooks not only provide tons of inspiration in the kitchen, but they also cover a diverse selection of topics, from healthy Indian fare to beans and herbalism, and deserve a space carved out for them on your shelf. Stock up on all (or at the very least, a few), dog-ear your favorite recipes, then get to cooking.  

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The below books are arranged in order of release date, many of which can be pre ordered in advance.

Eat Green: Delicious Flexitarian Recipes for Planet-Friendly Eating,” by Melissa Hemsley, $32.04 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Jan. 9, 2020
While there’s long been an emphasis on healthy eating, Melissa Hemsley, a London-based best-selling cookbook author, wants to show home cooks how to eat healthy and cook food that’s built out of sustainable and easy-to-buy ingredients. Vegetables are the main focus here, with meat and fish as optional additions.

Beyond the North Winds,” by Darra Goldstein, $22.49 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Feb. 4, 2020
In “Beyond the North Winds,” Darra Goldstein explores the heart of Russian cuisine, reaching for homestyle recipes often found at home. Expect recipes for pickles and preserves, infused vodkas, farmers cheese, cultured butter, and seasonal vegetable soups.  

Cool Beans,” by Joe Yonan, $24.50 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Feb. 4, 2020
Can beans be glamorous? Joe Yonan, the food editor at The Washington Post, sure thinks so. And his book “Cool Beans” is geared to convince you of that, filled with exciting recipes starring beans, chickpeas, lentils, and more. 

Vegetable Kingdom,” by Bryant Terry, $19.49 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Feb. 11, 2020
Vegan recipes prevail in food justice activist and author Bryant Terry’s book. Discover the basics of plant-based cooking, where you’ll make dishes like barbecued carrots, mushroom gumbo, and slow-cooked white beans.  

See You on Sunday,” by Sam Sifton, $23.44 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Feb. 18, 2020
The founding NYT Cooking editor at the New York Times, Sam Sifton knows a thing or two about recipes. His cookbook seeks to rediscover the pleasure of sitting down for a Sunday supper, from throwing taco nights to making a bit pot of gumbo. 

Start Simple: Eleven Everyday Ingredients for Countless Weeknight Meals,” by Lukas Volger, $22.99 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Feb. 18, 2020
Recipe developer Lukas Volger promises that with just 11 ingredients on hand, dinner can be served. All you need to keep at home is sweet potatoes, tortillas, eggs, cabbage, greens, beans, winter squash, mushrooms, tofu, summer squash, and cauliflower. Once these are on hand, home chefs can make a slew of dishes, plus get creative with their own variations and other flavors.  

Open Kitchen” by Susan Spungen, $21.97 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Susan Spungen, one of the founding editors of Martha Stewart Living, flaunts her chops as an entertaining guru in her third cookbook. Recipes are geared toward an open kitchen mentality, that sweeping invitation that allows anyone and everyone into the kitchen. Expect recipes like avocado tahini dip and roasted strawberry-basil sherbet.  

Drinking French,” by David Lebovitz, $25.20 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Expat David Lebovitz got his start blogging about his life in France in the early days of blogging, but these days he’s the proud author of a slew of cookbooks and memoirs. His most recent publication revolves around more than 100 recipes for French cocktails, apérififs, café beverages, and snacks to munch on alongside. 

Dinner in French” by Melissa Clark, $21.54 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 10, 2020
New York Times Food writer Melissa Clark showcases her love for cooking French fare in “Dinner in French,” her ode to her many summers spent traveling through the country. Transport yourself to France without leaving your kitchen with recipes like scalloped potato gratin, ratatouille sheet-pan chicken, and an easy asparagus and goat cheese tart.  

Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier,” by Victoria James, $20.99 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 24, 2020

Victoria James—who triumphed as the youngest sommelier in America—traces the ups and downs of the industry, and her experiences, in her exhilarating memoir, a perfect read for oenophiles.

Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life,” by Christine Buckley, $24.95 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 31, 2020
Those interested in at-home homeopathic aliments and herbalism are sure to learn about the benefit of plants with Christine Buckley’s book. Here, she introduces a slew of plants—and their usages—instructing ways to brew teas and forage for herbs right outside your door.  

Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill,” by Leela Punyaratabandhu, $30 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 31, 2020
Looking for ways to amp up summer grilling? Check out Leela Punyaratabandhu’s barbecue dishes, inspired by a slew of Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. As an expert on South Asian cooking, Leela explains how to employ the equipment you have in your backyard to make dishes like Malaysian grilled chicken wings, Thai grilled sticky rice, and chicken satay. 

Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipe & Stories,” by Fanny Singer, $31.50 on Amazon

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Publish Date: March 31, 2020
Fanny Singer, daughter of Alice Waters, shares her story of growing up as Alice’s daughter in this nostalgic memoir, along with a smattering of recipes. 

The Pastry School,” by Julie Jones, $27.99 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 7, 2020
If there was ever a masterclass in baking and pastry, it comes from Julie Jones’ cookbook. “The Pastry School” is part art, part pastry instruction, complete with beautiful, restaurant-ready tarts, pastries, and cakes. 

Kitchen Remix,” by Charlotte Druckman, $28 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Food writer and journalist Charlotte Druckman makes things operate a little differently in her cookbook. Here, she groups three ingredients together that can be remixed into a plethora of recipes. For instance, goat cheese, strawberries, and balsamic vinegar can be transformed into strawberry shortcake or a goat cheese salad. These remixed recipes showcase how versatile just a handful of ingredients are.  

Magnolia Table, Volume 2,” by Joanna Gaines, $21 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 7, 2020
On the heels of her successful first cookbook, Joanna Gaines has written a second volume to “Magnolia Table.” The second volume brims with recipes she makes for her family at home, like mushroom-gruyère soup, stuffed pork loin, and pumpkin cream cheese bread. 

My Korea,” by Hooni Kim, $38 on Amazon 

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Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Hooni Kim, whose food at N.Y.C’s Danji has garnered him praise, has repackaged his fine dining into dishes cooks can make at home. Home cooks are initiated into the world of doenjang, ganjang, and gochujang, three ingredients that star in the book’s 90 recipes. Learn how to make kimchi, sizzling hot-stone bibimbap, and fried chicken wings.   

Cookies Are Magic,” by Maida Heatter, $28 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Although Maida Heatter passed away in 2019, this posthumously published cookbook has gathered 100 of Maida’s most beloved recipes—spanning her 50-year career—for cookies, bars, and more. 

Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix,” by Dominique Ansel, $23.49 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 11, 2020
Beloved pastry chef Dominique Ansel makes the kind of pastries that belong in museums, but his new cookbook is here to inform you that even the most uninitiated people can become bakers. The book includes foolproof recipes for everything from tarts and cakes to jams and buttercreams. 

The Vegetarian Silver Spoon,” by The Silver Spoon Kitchen, $47.73 on Amazon

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Publish Date: April 29, 2020
A new cookbook joins the famed Silver Spoon clan, this time with a focus on timeless, Italian vegetarian dishes. Recipes include the likes of a zucchini and pine nut tart, frozen berry soufflés, and farro salad with olives and tomatoes.  

Basic Bitchen,” by Joey Skladany, $20.99 on Amazon

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Publish Date: May 5, 2020
Chowhound’s own Editor-at-Large Joey Skladany launches his first cookbook, geared toward our inner basic bitch (we know we all have one!). His cheeky humor, coupled with an inherent understanding of what makes a basic bitch (he is, after all, a self-proclaimed one), results in a super fun way to get inspired in the kitchen. Recipes run the gamut from perfecting avocado toast to brewing your own pumpkin spice latte at home, accompanied by colorful images and biting commentary that’s sure to make you laugh. 

Family Meal: Recipes from Our Kitchen,” by Penguin Random House, $5.99 on Amazon

Publish Date: May 5, 2020
Geared toward helping the restaurant community, this digital-only cookbook peddles recipes from a slew of food and drink authors like Dan Barber, Claire Saffitz, Christina Tosi, and Samin Nosrat. Expect recipes like chocolate chip olive oil cookies and mushroom bolognese. All sales from the book will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Plants-Only Kitchen,” by Gaz Oakley, $24.75 on Amazon

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Publish Date: May 12, 2020
Instagram and YouTube influencer Gaz Oakley’s second cookbook brims with 70 vegan recipes that highlight how shifting to a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t have to mean your diet is tasteless. Choose from recipes like Jamaican vegetable curry and sweet potato piri piri burgers. 

Related Reading: YouTube Star Gaz Oakley Promises Veganism Is Easier Than You’d Think

Eat a Peach,” by David Chang, $19.69 on Amazon

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Publish Date: May 19, 2020
The founder of Momofuku and star of Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious” gets personal in his first memoir, where he chronicles his journey from depressed college graduate to slinging ramen and pork buns at the first N.Y.C. location of Momofuku Noodle Bar. He becomes vulnerable, sharing his mistakes and battle with mental illness, while highlighting his unparalleled love for cooking.    

Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian,” by Chetna Makan, $29.99 on Amazon

Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Vegetarian food certainly doesn’t have to be boring or bland. In fact, Chetna Makan’s Indian vegetarian meals are both healthy and full of flavor. The 80 Indian-inspired recipes from the “Bake Off” star run the gamut from zucchini kofta curry to cashew nut paneer rice.

Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss,” by Rose Levy Beranbaum, $25 on Amazon

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Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Never thought you could make ice cream at home? Baker and cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum wants to prove you wrong with her foolproof recipes for ice cream and other frozen desserts. Whip up flavors like lemon ginger, brown sugar with black pepper, and other desserts like waffle cones and ice cream sandwiches. 

Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food,” by Lindsay Maitland Hunt, $28 on Amazon

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Publish Date: Aug. 11, 2020
Cookbook author and recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt provides a comprehensive look at how to mitigate stomach and gut problems with science-backed suggestions and recipes that are easy to digest. Recipes prioritize plant-based ingredients like vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, along with eggs, fish, and a sprinkling of meat and dairy, plus all of the science is broken down into easy-to-understand terminology alongside visuals.  

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Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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