The Cookbook Countdown Begins | Wyatt’s World

It’s that time of year, when readers turn to the culinary collection to guide them through preparing those upcoming special meals. Start highlighting the richness of your holdings with books that get readers thinking about the cooking life of others—and their own.

  • Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala (Cassava Republic).
    This award-winning collection of essays about Nigerian food offers a deep dive into culture, society, and taste while spotlighting a prose style that readers can sink into and linger over. Epicurious magazine says, “It almost reads like The Neapolitan Novels, but through the prism of food.”
  • Nobu: A Memoir by Nobu Matsuhisa (Emily Bestler: Atria).
    Celebrity chef and culinary icon, the revered Matsuhisa presents destination dining. In this memoir, he reflects on life lessons and details his signature dishes and how he created a suite of powerhouse eateries.
  • The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson & Mandy Aftel (Riverhead).
    A chef and a perfumer walk into a kitchen…thus is the idea behind this intriguing collaboration designed to showcase how flavors bloom—with recipes to prove the point.
  • Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin (Grand Central Life & Style).
    Beloved and award-winning author Paula Wolfert wrote cookbooks that spanned the cuisines of the Mediterranean and taught many how to cook. She now struggles with Alzheimer’s, and this multifaceted and image-filled chronicle records her life and details key dishes.
  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty (Amistad: HarperCollins).
    Southern food and history provide the rich crossroads for Twitty’s culinary account. The author also delves into a host of other topics, creating a spree of family, legacy, and history all delivered in a lyrical narrative.
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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