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I love cookbooks. LOVE. There’s a gigantic part of me that wishes I could edit cookbooks, that’s how much I love them. I want to read, gaze and cook from every single one that catches my eye. Most of the cookbooks you see above aren’t out yet, but they will be soon, so feel free to get your pre-order on!

1. Bar Tartine. I went last month for the second time (the first time was years ago) and it was incredible. Josh of course geeked out on the server and we ended up leaving with three loaves of free bread. I’m not kidding. The free bread isn’t want makes me want this book. I just know that the book will be full to the brim with perfectly written recipes that will wow anyone who comes over when I make them. Also, dat font on da cover.

2. Prune. Ions ago I read Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter and loved it. Every single time I go to New York, I make a promise to go to Prune and then something happens and I don’t. Now I can just open up the book and be transported there instead.

3. Homemade Decadence. Joy was the first blogger I got an internet crush on. I was like, I want to eat all the baked goods she makes AND be her friend. I’m really excited about all the indulgent things I get to bake this season. And I imagine her witty sense of humor and heart will be in this book too. How can it not be?

4. Make It Ahead – Oh Ina. She can do no wrong, except when she bakes with extra large eggs and tells me to cook with fancy red wine. Why??? If it’s fancy then I want to drink it, not put it in my coq au vin. Besides that, she’s the queen. Her food is beautiful and simple. And I want to grow up to have that barn! Also, Jeffrey! I love Jeffrey.

5. Flour and Water. I have a dream and it is to be able to make pasta at home in a super legit way. Most of the pasta I’ve made (and it has been on very rare occasion), has been really awful. I went to a restaurant a few months ago, which will remain nameless, and their homemade pasta was so terrible that I compared it to my homemade pasta. Not ok. This cookbook should fix my issues.

6. A Kitchen in France. Mimi lives a life that doesn’t seem real. Me, over here in my one-bedroom apartment with way too much dog hair accumulating near the wall’s baseboards…very real. Mimi? Not so much. But who cares, that’s why I read her blog and am so fascinated with her whole shebang: life a farm, with a ton of kids, a handsome husband and even more animals than kids. It’s fascinating! I want to jump in the book and cook with her.

7. Ovenly – One lesson I’ve learned over the years is always go to meetings with treats. Always. It’s a really simple gesture that goes such a long way. It’s your way of saying, Hey you, Tuesdays suck, here’s a cookie. When I was in New York last fall for a few meetings, I went to Ovenly and picked up an array of cookies. Everyone loved everything! Luckily in the cab ride over, I was smart enough to eat a shortbread cookie studded with caraway seeds and dried cherries…bomb. P.S. I love the cover so freaking much.

8. Thug Kitchen. The f-word might be my most used word. It’s true. I love it. And in this space of lifestyle, food blogging, da internets, I feel like everyone is trying to be the next Martha Stewart. Everyone acts so dang perfect. And it drives me crazy. Really, it makes me want to say fuck. A lot. I’m excited about this book because apparently the f-word shows up a lot, along with some fun recipes.

9. Dominique Ansel. The cronut was the thing to eat in 2014. And apparently it still is in 2015. I never understood the fascination. Deep-fried croissant dough? Lots of people can do that…but then I visited his bakery last fall (pictured here) and can honestly say the rest of his pastries are really what’s special. They were magical, perfect and really, REALLY beautiful. It felt like I walked into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, except Ansel wasn’t some mad man tyrant, but instead an actual real pastry chef who constructs all these delicate little prizes of sugar. If anything, the cronut has brought attention to his bakery, but it’s his other pastries that really are worthy of the obsessive 5am hoards of people.

10. Heritage. This is on this list because I’m obsessed with his laugh. It’s this, like, southern laugh that reminds me of my uncle. I can’t describe it. Awesome laugh aside, Husk is at the very top of my must-visit restaurants. His episodes of PBS’s Mind of a Chef are my absolute favorite and his approach to food and story is what draws me in.

Am I missing any? Are there a few that are on your list?

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  • Reply Kiki September 16, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Haha, that’s a great reading list and yes you gotta love Ina and her barn! I think all food bloggers love her kitchen! Thanks for sharing the rest of your favourite reads too, I’m mesmerised by Mimi’s pictures…

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

      They’re beautiful. Almost so pretty they barely seem real.

  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 16, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I’m a HUGE cookbook junkie and am always adding new ones to my collection, so these are giving me some new ideas! Right now I’m lusting after Sarah of My New Roots’ cookbook which is currently available for pre-order. Really, any cookbook full of whole foods-based recipes and gorgeous photos is irresistible for me!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Oh yes! Her book looks so beautiful! Love her blog.

  • Reply ileana September 16, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I’m getting Huckleberry today! Can’t wait for it. I reaaaally shouldn’t be ordering more cookbooks but I’ll have to find the space. Picking up Prune, Homemade Decadence, My Life in France, and Heritage soon, too. Prune because I loved her memoir so much. Heritage because my fiance and I love Husk/Charleston and went there for dinner right after we got engaged.

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food September 16, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Oh my goodness yes! It is like all of a sudden I NEED 30 new cookbooks. I want all of these plus a few more.

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Seriously–what the F (thought you would appreciate that!) is up with Ina and her extra large eggs. You would have thought someone would have told her by now that NO one bakes with them. Maybe she has a secret collaboration with the chicken egg companies to move product? (Just kidding, of course…maybe).

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I honestly don’t get it. She says her baking got better when she started using extra large eggs and that honestly makes no sense to me.

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little September 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    These all look fabulous Joy! I always enjoy reading your cookbook recommendations!

  • Reply Ana September 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

    One, Husk is amazing you have to go. I took two hour detour to visit it the second time because I was sort of passing by. It was worth it! And two, you forgot to say Ina also adds too much salt to everything and uses the word “good” as a qualifier before every ingredient (ie vanilla, olive oil, homemade chicken stock). But it’s ok I love her anyway and like to sometimes pretend that she’s actually my really cool aunt and we “do” lunch in the Hamptons all the time…but everyone does that right?

  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors September 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Oh cookbook heaven. I could spend hours and hours browsing cookbooks. Thanks for all the ideas… and the ideas in the comments as well. Love Joy and Ina – both a must read I’m sure!

  • Reply Stephanie September 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I am also addicted to cookbooks. Two more I am eager to read are Baked Occassions (published Octiber 7th and Plenty More (October 14th). I loved Yotam’s earlier books.

  • Reply Heather @ Sarap Life September 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Awesome pics! Interested to see more of the Thug Kitchen book. Also, I love Ina Garten – she has never steered me wrong in a recipe – but I really hope her “make it ahead” really means make it ahead and serve another day, not “spend 3 hours making it ahead and then 2 more hours on the day you serve.”

  • Reply Christine [from–The Lion's Den] September 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Bar Tartine is definitely on my list!

    from – The Lion’s Den

  • Reply anna @ annamayeveryday September 17, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I also adore cook books and seem to have an ever increasing collection. Just started cooking from the new Ottolenghi book, Plenty More which is fab. Love Ina too….!

  • Reply Lindsey September 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for these recommendations! I peeked at Mimi’s blog, Manger, and now I can’t stop. Her recipes and photos are heavenly. Cheers!

  • Reply Beth B. September 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Have you read the New Midwestern Table? It is such a great cookbook. Beautiful and informative–it really is a food lovers cookbook.

  • Reply Christina @ but i'm hungry September 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Why why why are you tempting me with all of these amazing cookbooks that I’m going to need immediately?! I’m going to direct any and all complaints (from my husband) to you. 🙂

  • Reply Riley Wofford September 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’m so excited about all of these!! Also, I’m looking forward to checking out French Roots!

  • Reply Billy September 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I’m showing up as Ina tomorrow.

  • Reply Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño September 18, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Yes!!! Love to read other’s must-read lists! Can’t wait, especially for Heritage and Thug Kitchen!!

  • Reply June October 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for letting us know about Mimi. really interesting book

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