9 Cookbook Recommendations For The Holiday Season

After spending more time in our kitchens than ever before, the ASPIRE editors believe the holiday season is the perfect time to upgrade our daily dishes. From the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME fall 2020 issue, these 9 cookbook recommendations are great for gifts, or to add to your own collections.

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean
Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
Ten Speed Press • $35
“Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue.”

Ottolenghi: Flavor
Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
Ten Speed Press • $35
“In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce.”

Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook
Toni Tipton-Martin
Penguin Random House • $35
“In Jubilee, Toni Tipton-Martin brings masterful Black cooks into our kitchens. Through recipes and stories, we cook along with these pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs
 to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs.”

A Taste of Greece: Recipes, Cuisine & Culture
HRH Princess Tatiana of Greece and Diana Farr Louis
teNeues • October • $35
“Well-known personalities from all over the world have given Princess Tatiana of Greece and Diana Farr Louis their favorite Greek recipes and Hellenic dishes, revealing their personal stories and attachment to Greece along the way.”

World Food: Mexico City
James Oseland
Ten Speed Press • $25
“Whether you’re an absolute beginner at Mexican cooking or already a pro, World Food: Mexico City is for you. This definitive and beautiful user’s guide unlocks the secrets to real Mexican cuisine with more than fifty authentic, reliable recipes, while the compelling stories and photography tell the tale of the vibrant culinary capital of Latin America.”

Between Harlem and Heaven
JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers
Flatiron Books Macmillan • $38
“In two of the most renowned and historic venues in Harlem, Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson created a unique take on the Afro-Asian-American flavor profile.”

Food52: Your Do-Anything Kitchen; The Trusty Guide to a Smarter, Tidier, Happier Space
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
Ten Speed Press • $20
“The ultimate guide to the kitchen from Food52–the award-winning kitchen and home destination–filled with ideas for creating, organizing, and enjoying everyone’s favorite room in the house.”

Meals, Music and Muses: Recipes from my African American Kitchen
Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers
Flatiron Books Macmillan • $35
“Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions—food and music—in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region.”

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