The 15 Best Chef Books to Make You a Better Cook

February 15, 2018 By James 

2018 is the best year yet – so why not learn some new recipes?

If you’re anything like us, we tend to reuse the same cookbook over and over again.  Our favorite recipes have become something we almost know by heart, and we’re constantly making them.  Sometimes, though, it’s good for a new change.  We’ve compiled the top 15 chef books that will help anyone and everyone – even if you’re not necessarily the best cook around – become a better cook for the new year.

Check out our top 15 choices!


1.  The Fearless Baker:  Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin McDowell

These recipes are delicious.  For every person out there who thinks they can bake, buy this book.  Even if you’re not the best when it comes to baking and desserts, pick up this book.  The tips and recipes will help you out on every step of the way.



2.  Dinner:  Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

This cookbook, from The New York Times columnist Melissa Clark, combines the new with the favorites.  The recipes are to die for – and you’ll definitely find a new favorite one in here.  One of the best recipes here?  Burgers with chorizo.



3.  A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend:  How to Live a Healthy Veggie Life… and Still Eat Treats by Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson

This is a great cookbook for anyone trying to eat healthy, minus the meat.  The recipes here are unique – and so delicious!



4.  Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

This book is a dream – and that’s not a joke.  Deb Perelman’s recipes are extraordinary, and you’ll find yourself falling in love with more than one recipe in this book!



5.  Natural Feasts:  100+ Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes to Share and Enjoy with Friends and Family by Ella Mills

This one’s for all you plant-based peeps!  Ella Mills, famously known for her Deliciously Ella cookbooks and blog, shows you how to make the most delicious meals — and all of them are healthy and natural!  These recipes (which are gluten-free, plant-based, and clean) are amazing.  One of the best recipes here has to be the spiced potato cakes!



6.  Sweet:  Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

New York Times bestseller, this book is amazing.  For all you sweet tooths out there, this book is a must.  Ottolenghi brings amazing recipes to life, and the vivid pictures make this book more than your average cookbook.  If you like sweets, you’ll like this book.



7.  Night + Market:  Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends by Kris Yenbamroong & Garrett Snyder

Bringing Thai food to life and cementing its status as one of the best cookbooks of 2017.  If you love Thai food or are looking to branch out, this book is a must.



8.  Bravetart by Stella Parks

Another one for the sweet tooths!  The really cool thing about this book is the 200 variations of the recipes there are.  Now, that’s a cool cookbook.



9.  F*ck, That’s Delicious:  An Annotated Guide to Eating Well by Action Bronson

This book is great — and also hilarious.  It’s a fun ride, and one of the best food memoirs of 2017 that’s sure to continue to be great in 2018.



10.  The New Camp Cookbook by Linda Ly

For all you camping enthusiasts and outdoor nature lovers, this is the cookbook you’ve been looking for.  Forget about stale food or beans from a can and buy this book!  Trust us, the recipes are worth it.



11.  Basic Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

Fermenting stuff is all the rage in 2017, and we don’t see it going anywhere in 2018.  This book is the best guide to how to do it yourself, and it’s a great read.



12.  Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

This book brings some simple cooking philosophy to every meal you make.  Nosrat states that you just need salt, fat, acid, and heat to make a meal great, and once you focus on these areas, you’ll be able to make great food.



13.  America the Great Cookbook by Joe Yonan

This collection of recipes comes from top chefs all across America.  Each recipe is unique and amazing.



14.  King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan

This book is a collection of Jewish recipes, combining the classic with the modern — and there’s nothing but greatness here from the James Beard award winning author, Joan Nathan.



15.  Downtime:  Deliciousness at Home by Nadine Levy Redzepi

This book has simply amazing tips and delicious recipes for when you’re at home and expecting some people over.