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By Francie Labriola,
Continuing Resources Supervisor, Magazines & Newspapers Division

I’ve always loved cooking and baking, but as the pandemic dragged on, even I’ve gotten tired of it. So it’s helped to explore some new cookbooks to get fresh ideas and inspiration. This year has produced some fabulous cookbooks, and these are some of my favorites.


Baking with Dorie: sweet, salty & simple book cover

Over 150 recipes with beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions with helpful suggestions for substitutions. The book includes both sweet and savory recipes, so there is something for everyone.

¡Buen provecho! : traditional Mexican flavors from my cocina to yours book cover

A beautiful collection of over 100 Mexican recipes updated with easy-to-find, healthy ingredients.

Cook, eat, repeat : ingredients, recipes and stories book cover

Nigella Lawson is one of my favorite cookbook authors, and this collection does not disappoint. Each recipe comes with a story, a photograph, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Cook this book : techniques that teach & recipes to repeat book cover

This book is great for the novice cook. The recipes are simple and explain basic cooking techniques.

Fast easy cheap vegan : 101 recipes : 30 minutes >>>or less, 10 ingredients >>>or less, $10 >>>or less book cover

Discover some great vegan recipes for quick weeknight meals. The book includes recommendations for stocking a vegan pantry.

Mumbai modern : vegetarian recipes inspired by Indian roots and California cuisine book cover

If you’re looking to expand your vegetarian cooking technique and like Indian food, this is a great place to start. The recipes are clearly written and include readily available ingredients.

Nadiya bakes : over 100 must-try recipes for breads, cakes, biscuits, pies, and more book cover

This is the latest cookbook from the popular winner of the Great British Baking Show. Some of the recipes in this book require more time and some unusual ingredients, but it’s worth the effort.

Despite production difficulties and supply chain issues, 2021 still produced some great content. We asked ASCPL staff to share their personal “Best of” lists from this past year, and they responded enthusiastically. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the “best” picture books, cookbooks, pop music, movies, and more, according to the experts on staff here at ASCPL. Click on any image above to reserve the item in our catalog. Enjoy!