We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from 2015, and whittled it down to 10 books that we felt best served their readers. Some of the highlights of this year include the massive cookbook from J. Kenji López-Alt; The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science will be an essential part of any cookbook collection for years to come. Then, books like Michael Anthony’s V Is for Vegetables,which is written like an encyclopedia for cooking vegetables, focus on simple preparations for home cooks. Running in the opposite direction of Anthony’s book is Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay’s Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, which tackles the topic of breaking down and smoking brisket in a way that makes the home cook have the confidence to attempt a skill they would probably have never attempted without this meat-packed manual’s guidance.
Check out our complete list of must-haves from 2015 that deserve a coveted spot on your bookshelf.