10 Best New Books for Foodies

Read up on some of the most delicious new releases.

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The Story of the Great British Bake Off

By Anita Singh

If the phrase “soggy bottom” makes you giggle, you’ll love not only this addictively charming show (find it on Netflix) but also the story behind it. Singh’s newly released behind-the-scenes peek will give you the lowdown on how the incredibly popular competition show came to be—from how it was pitched to how it was cast, and how it came to be that everyone cooked under a tent, sometimes in the rain.

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

By Samin Nosrat

 Imagine if you could boil down all of cooking, no pun intended, into the four elements that make up this book’s title. Award-winning chef Nosrat has done just that, and you’ll likely end up a culinary genius as the result. Intimidated? Don’t worry, there are pictures. The 150 illustrations and infographics bring this cooking guide to life.

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 The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living: A Novel

By Louise Miller

A big-city pastry chef burns up her career and runs away to the country with her dog, Salty, where she finds a job at the quaint-sounding Sugar Maple Inn. Settle in next to a cozy fire and enjoy the drama, romance and pie baking in this endearing book about finding your home.

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The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

By Daniel Stone

National Geographic Magazine writer Stone follows the path of late 19th-century botanist David Fairchild, the man responsible for many of the delicious foods that inhabit our kitchens today (thank him for avocados!). This true tale will give you a deeper understanding of—and appreciation for—where our food originally came from.

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Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating

By Lindsey Smith

Are there days when you just need chocolate cake to deal with the stress of life or days when the only thing that will give you the afternoon energy boost you so desperately rely on is a piece of warm, home-baked bread? Then you know the crazy world of cravings. Author Smith recommends working with what you desire instead of against it, and tells you just how to do that.

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Feast Your Eyes

By Brittany Wright

Your coffee table will love to be the new home of this creatively eye-catching book of food photos. Artist Wright has captured everything from the beauty of ripe tomatoes to the stunning ombre hues of frosted cupcake. Your mouth will water with each turn of the page.

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Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery)

By Bailey Cates

The latest in this charming New York Times bestselling mystery series once again takes place in the Honeybee Bakery, located in Savannah, Georgia. If you like a little murder and magic mixed in with your baked goods, you’ll get a kick out of this one.

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 L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

By David Lebovitz

When American pastry chef Lebovitz decided to up and move to Paris, it’s safe to say he expected more magic than mayhem. But acclimating to a new country and its culture is bound to have some pitfalls. Follow along in his second memoir as he talks about renovating his new French life and, of course, the French food he eats and creates along the way.

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 Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

By Alice Waters

There’s nothing like getting lost in a chef’s memoir to inspire you to cook up something creative for dinner, am I right? Some say Waters’ new memoir reads more like a diary than a stuffy account of her life thus far, letting readers into her personal struggle with fighting for social change through—what else?—food.

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The Modern Kitchen: Objects That Shape the Way We Cook, Eat and Live

By Tim Heyward

Someone once said every soup ladle has a story. If you delight in knowing cocktail party conversation fodder about random kitchen objects, then this book is right up your alley. Did you know Julia Child made the balloon whisk famous? And that the box grater was created by a French inventor in 1540 to make hard, leftover cheese edible for the poor? You’ll be fascinated to learn these stories behind the tools in the hearts of our homes.

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Amanda Kippert
Amanda Kippert has been an award-winning freelance journalist for nearly two decades. She is based in Tucson, Arizona and specializes in food, health, fitness, parenting and humor, as well as social issues. She is the content editor of the domestic violence nonprofit DomesticShelters.org.