Let’s be clear. I don’t buy or skim through hard copy cookbooks very often. There was a time when I would sit in bookstore cookbook aisles pouring over new and fresh recipe ideas, but with the internet being what it is, I dont have to look too far to find a new and improved version of everything at the click of a mouse. However, there are a handful of cookbooks out there that go beyond ingredient lists and culinary procedures. These cookbooks weave personal tales of family, love and loss and the magical dishes that season the journey.


Aarti Paarti: American Kitchen with an Indian Soul
by Aarti Sequiera


Hot Bread Kitchen: Artisanal Baking from Around the World
by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez


Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South
by Von Diaz


Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking
by Julie Ann Sageer and Leah Bhabha

Do you have a favorite cookbook with equal parts personal narrative and recipe? Drop me a line (subject: Fav Cookbook), and we’ll add it to this list.

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