It’s time for our annual best cookbooks of the year episode with Brian Stewart of the Salt + Spine podcast. A Didn’t I Just Feed You tradition, this episode is a go-to wishlist of cookbooks for the family cook — and the people who we want to cook for us more. Ditch all the other best cookbooks of 2021 lists: this one is curated specifically for your busy family life.
About Our Guest: Brian Hogan Stewart
Brian Hogan Stewart is the host and creator of Salt + Spine, a top-rated podcast on the stories behind cookbooks. Salt + Spine features in-depth interviews with cookbook authors from Nigella Lawson to Samin Nosrat to Jacques Pépin. A cookbook-obsessed former journalist, Stewart is a once-budding chef who skipped culinary school to pursue communications and has worked in journalism, new media, and politics. A native of Iowa and a proud alum of the University of Iowa, Brian’s vices include any-and-all Midwest baked goods (especially scotcheroos and puppy chow).
Best Cookbooks for People Excited About Gathering Again
Best Cookbooks for People Who Are Tired of Cooking
Best Baking Books For Your Friend Who Always Brings You Cake and Cookies
Best Cookbooks For Teens
Best Cookbooks for Weeknight Cooking
Best Cookbook For Expanding Your Home Cooking Horizons
Best Vegan and/or Plant-Based Cookbooks
Brian’s Most Used Cookbooks Of The Year
Classic Cookbooks That Everyone Should Own
Pandemic Books We Want to Shout Out
Some Other Cookbooks We Want to Get Our Hands On
Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food by Brandon Jew & Tienlon Ho
The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman
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