LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2015: Cookbooks

JaffreyJaffrey, Madhur. Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking. Knopf. ISBN 9781101874868. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874875. COOKING
Jaffrey made multiple trips to India to collect the 200-plus vegetarian recipes presented here. Successfully translated for home cooks, they feature extraordinary variety. Highly recommended for vegetarians and Indian food enthusiasts. (LJ 8/1/15)

Miglore, Kristen. Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change The Way You Cook. Ten Speed: Crown. ISBN 9781607747970. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781607747987. COOKING
This inviting cookbook comprises 100 unusual and and popular recipes from Miglore’s weekly Food52.com “Genius Recipes” column. Dishes such as no-knead bread, broccoli cooked forever, and crispy-skinned fish will introduce home cooks to ingenious cooking methods they’ll want to use again and again. (LJ 1/1/15)

López-Alt, Kenji. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. Norton. ISBN 9780393081084. $49.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393249866. COOKING
López-Alt’s massive debut debunks false kitchen wisdom through rigorous scientific inquiry. After trying perfected recipes for omelets, potatoes, meat loaves, and other popular foods, readers will undoubtedly emerge better cooks, with an arsenal of unconventional techniques that really work. (LJ 6/15/15)

Rule, Cheryl Sternman (text) & Ellen Silverman (photos). Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at How To Make, Bake, Sip and Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food. Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780544252325. $22; ebk. ISBN 9780544251717. COOKING
Going beyond breakfast, Sternman successfully incorporates yogurt into sauces, drinks, soups, and many other sweet and savory dishes. Turning a critical eye to yogurt history and economics, she also explores global eating habits, the practices of large copacking facilities, and the growth of notable companies such as Dannon and Chobani. (LJ 2/15/15)

Ronnen, Tal with others. Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine. Artisan. ISBN 9781579656362. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781579656782. COOKING
Taking vegan cooking to a new level of refinement, this restaurant cookbook bursts with artful photographs of rich dishes (e.g., oven-roasted romanesco with onion agrodolce and grappa-soaked raisins, acorn squash ravioli with kale and black garlic butter sauce). Epicures and professionals should take note. 



  1. hummm yummy