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The Best Cookbooks You Might Have Missed in 2019

Whether you're looking for fresh new recipes or adventurous takes on old favorites, these best cookbooks 2019 are worth checking out.

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American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pastavia amazon.com

American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta

Think fancy handmade pastas are best left to the pros? This comprehensive guide ($26) (written by an Italian-educated master pasta maker!) teaches you otherwise. It begins with the basics of pasta doughs, and progresses to recipes both customary and innovative, like traditional lasagna and strichetti alla romagnola. (And for great sauce to go along with, here’s how to make store-bought sauce taste homemade.)

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Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchenvia amazon.com

Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen

If your family loves Tex-Mex, treat them to some new recipes from this flavorful new cookbook ($27). It’s full of over 100 recipes from a Los Angeles chef and restaurateur, including meals and treats from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. This is a great cookbook for parties thanks to its crowd-pleasing queso and margarita recipes.

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Antoni in the Kitchenvia amazon.com

Antoni in the Kitchen

If you’re not a Queer Eye superfan, you might’ve missed this New York Times bestseller ($18). From celebrity chef and TV personality Antoni Porowski comes a cookbook-slash-memoir featuring simple, approachable recipes like grilled cheese and tomato bisque. Most recipes are made with fewer than five ingredients, making them perfect for weeknights (just like these family dinners for under $10).

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Taste of Home Grandma's Favorites: A Treasured Collection of 475 Classic Recipesvia amazon.com

Taste of Home Grandma’s Favorites: A Treasured Collection of 475 Classic Recipes

Some recipes never go out of style. This collection ($17) of main courses, side dishes, desserts, and everything in between is just like what grandma used to make: full of beloved classics and essential comfort foods. Creating precious family memories has never been easier than with this cookbook.

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From the Oven to the Table: Simple Dishes That Look After Themselvesvia amazon.com

From the Oven to the Table: Simple Dishes That Look After Themselves

Time-strapped weeknights have met their match with this Sunday Times bestselling cookbook ($33). It’s full of gorgeous photos and simple, customizable, crowd-pleasing recipes for your next everyday dinner or friends-and-family gathering. (Throwing your first holiday party? Here’s everything you need to know.)

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Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchenvia amazon.com

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen

Dip your toes into Middle Eastern dishes with the help of this bestselling cookbook ($32). One very happy reviewer noted that they would “eat the pages if I could,” and that after trying the pomegranate chicken wings, they’ve “died and gone to heaven.” With recipes both familiar to American audiences (think tahini and za’atar) and more exotic, there’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy.

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Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Familyvia amazon.com

Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family

Veggie-conscious dieters will appreciate this New York Times and USA Today bestselling cookbook ($15), full of “flexitarian” recipes that aim to tip the meat-to-veggie scale in American meals more towards leafy greens. The dishes in this book are both healthy and delicious, as well as inventive, with recipes aimed to please vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and dairy-free eaters. (Here are more dietitians’ secrets to healthy eating.)

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The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbookvia amazon.com

The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook

Classic recipes and regional favorites from across America are the focus of this cookbook ($22), which compiles dishes from the hit TV show Cook’s Country. Twelve seasons worth of cooking adds up to a book with over 450 recipes, from cast iron baked chicken to gooey butter cake bars.

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Half Baked Harvest Super Simplevia amazon.com

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple

Comfort foods are the name of the game with this meal-prepping-friendly cookbook ($21). From healthier versions of traditional recipes to upscale soon-to-be-favorites to cook-overnight classics, this book’s 125 recipes are sure to become weeknight go-tos. (Here’s how to hack your kids’ school lunches with meal prepping, too.)

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The Essential Keto Diet for Beginnersvia amazon.com

The Essential Keto Diet for Beginners

The keto diet is all the rage among those wanting to lower cholesterol, lose weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes. If you’re not sure where to start, this essential guide ($8) is here to show you the way. And since each recipe features five ingredients or fewer, they’re both easy and affordable. (Here’s the lowdown on that infamous keto bulletproof coffee.)

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The Milk Street Cookbookvia amazon.com

The Milk Street Cookbook

From James Beard-winning chef Christopher Kimball comes The Milk Street Cookbook ($28), a collection of more than 300 recipes from his award-winning TV show. Each has been adapted to be accessible for home cooks, with easy-to-find ingredients, full-bodied flavors, and new techniques to be learned.

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Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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