October Is National Cookbook Month

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

National Cookbook Month is celebrated each October in the publishing, culinary, and library worlds. I haven’t been able to find the origin of the holiday, but who needs an excuse to go through some new cookbooks! They are always very popular at the Library, and here are a baker’s dozen of my favorite recent titles.

From the acclaimed chefs behind the wildly popular Los Angeles restaurant Bavel comes a beautiful cookbook featuring personal stories and more than 85 recipes that celebrate the diversity of Middle Eastern cuisines.

More than 100 heirloom recipes from a dynamic chef and farmer working the lands of his great-great-great grandfather.

The James Beard-award-winning recipe developer and food stylist draws on the rich culinary traditions of her native Bogotá, Colombia, in a collection of 100 recipes.

Combines narrative essays on the family experiences that inspired the author’s career with recipes for such seasonal options as chicken with garlic cream sauce and chocolate peanut butter cake.

Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Wilkinson takes the most essential techniques and makes them easy for home bakers, resulting in a collection of simple, key recipes that open up the world of pastry.

A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world.

Encourages readers to develop their own sense of cooking intuition while maintaining a grasp of the basics, including foundational recipes and a variety of fairly complex entrees, sandwiches, and soups.

From the James Beard award-winning “Milk Street” team, enjoy 125 easy weeknight dinners that bring the flavors of the Mediterranean into your home with most meals ready in under 45 minutes.

With beautiful food and location photography, this compilation offers valuable insights into the origins and heritage of Afghan cuisine and a fresh perspective to one of the oldest civilizations.

Fusing traditional takes with street-savvy secrets and of-the-moment trends, “Real Vietnamese Cooking” offers a treasure trove of tastes you’ll turn to again and again.

The acclaimed author of “Zaitoun” returns with vibrant recipes and powerful stories from the islands that bridge the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

The chef and co-owner of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston, South Carolina, shares home-state traditions, tips on building a barbeque pit, and recipes for such dishes as pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, and hush puppies.

Delightful food and drink recipes inspired by Netflix’s hit show “Bridgerton” and Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.