The past year and change have been a trying time on many levels. And while it’s easy (hard?) to concentrate on the major defining challenges, we continue to reflect on the little things that brought us joy and peace of mind. The small moments that allow us to hit pause just for a moment to close our eyes and take a breath for some much-needed clarity and comfort. Of those things, a truly stand-out pastime was to dive into all of the compelling cookbooks that were released in 2021.
From whimsical tales that helped us explore and preserve our roots to primers that challenge the status quo, these cookbooks are much more than just a collection of delicious recipes and drool-worthy photos. But don’t just take it from us. Ahead, pro chefs, home cooks, food writers, and more share the year’s best cookbooks that have kept them inspired and busy in the kitchen, along with five coming-soon titles they can’t wait to dive into in the months that remain.