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The Best Cookbooks of 2018

There were so many good cookbooks published in 2018, but these are the best of the best. We simply couldn't choose a favorite, so they're listed in alphabetical order!

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Chasing the Gatorvia

Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking; by Isaac Toups and Jennifer V. Cole

The former Top Chef contestant takes readers from the backcountry to the bayou with his hilarious, slightly-salty narrative voice. This cookbook not only includes classic Cajun techniques like making a proper roux, but it goes on to adapt traditional recipes for the modern table.

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Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cookvia

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook; by Dorie Greenspan

You may already have a few of Greenspan’s baking books, but this New York Times bestselling author recently released a savory cookbook that’s not-to-be-missed. Each recipe is practical but features a surprise ingredient that takes it to the next level. There isn’t a single recipe we aren’t excited about cooking!

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How Do I Make...?via

How Do I Make…?; by Taste of Home Editors

From straightforward techniques to clever kitchen hacks, you’ll find everything you need to prepare the foods you crave! In addition to step-by-step instructions, how-to photos and more than 200 easy recipes, you’ll also discover which knives are the best for which jobs, substitution charts, troubleshooting guides and so much more. Learn how to make the spaghetti and meatballs recipe featured on the cover.

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Instantly Southern; by Sheri Castlevia

Instantly Southern; by Sheri Castle

There was no shortage of Instant Pot cookbooks this year, but this one takes the cake! Sheri Castle takes our favorite Southern comfort food and makes it in a fraction of the time, all without sacrificing flavor or quality. She shares a few invaluable cooking secrets along the way, too.

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Magnolia Table; by Joanna Gainesvia

Magnolia Table; by Joanna Gaines

We’re huge fans of the Fixer Upper star, and we’ve certainly learned more than a few helpful cooking lessons from her blog. So, we were over-the-moon when she released her beautifully photographed cookbook earlier this year! You’ll find 125 mouth-watering recipes perfect for family gatherings.

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Milk Street: Tuesday Nights; by Christopher Kimballvia

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights; by Christopher Kimball

Big, bold flavors don’t have to be reserved for the weekend! The former Cook’s Illustrated chef was determined to find techniques to shorten cook times, making it possible to create healthy, delicious weeknight dinners in a fraction of the time. You’ll find over 200 recipes which can be ready in under an hour.

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Ottolenghi Simplevia

Ottolenghi Simple; by Yotam Ottolengh

If you love his previous books (Jerusalem and Plenty), you’ll love the latest installment from one of London’s best chefs. Most of the recipes contain fewer than ten ingredients and cook up in 30 minutes or fewer. And the photographs are absolutely stunning, making this a coffee table book as much as a cookbook!

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Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One; by Anita Lovia

Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One; by Anita Lo

Tired of packing your fridge full of leftovers? Finally, a cookbook author reaches those of us who cook for one! Solo not only delivers technique-driven, easy-to-make recipes, but it’s also filled with personality and wit. We actually read this one cover-to-cover!

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Taste of Home Favorites; by Taste of Home Editorsvia

Taste of Home Favorites; by Taste of Home Editors

Our Test Kitchen pros selected the most-loved recipes, contest winners, highest-rated dishes and all-time classics and set them into this incredible 25th-anniversary edition cookbook. You’ll find almost 500 recipes to help you plan a hearty meal, impress friends with your baking skills, master the grill, host the ultimate brunch, or beat the clock any night of the week. Get a preview of our best recipes from the last 25 years.

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Taste of Home Instant Pot; by Taste of Home Editorsvia

Taste of Home Instant Pot; by Taste of Home Editors

If you’re not already obsessed with your Instant Pot, you will be after you pick up this cookbook! You’ll also find key recipe hacks to help make use of the quick cooking feature of the Instant Pot like hard-boiled eggs, homemade yogurt, rice, beans, oatmeal, soups and bone broths, baked potatoes, cheesecakes and more.

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The Noma Guide to Fermentation; by René Redzepi and David Zilbervia

The Noma Guide to Fermentation; by René Redzepi and David Zilber

Want to learn more about fermentation? (It just might be the heath boost your diet needs!) Learn how from one of the world’s best restaurants, Noma (which happens to have a dedicated fermentation lab!). Redzepi and Zilber share their techniques to create the layers of flavor in your food by using ferments like koji, miso, vinegar, lacto-ferments, and more.

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What Can I Cook In My…?; by Taste of Home Editorsvia

What Can I Cook In My…?; by Taste of Home Editors

Make the most of your kitchen tools! This collection of test-kitchen approved recipes includes slow-cooked classics, air fryer specialties, easy Instant Pot recipes, fun things to bake in muffin tins, dishes seasoned to perfection in cast-iron skillets and meal-in-one favorites made easy on sheet pans. You’ll even find recipes that take advantage of your sous-vide cooker, spiralizer and other kitchen appliances.

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Note: Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.