With the end of the year just around the corner, it is time to release our list of the best cookbooks 2020.
What a crazy year that was 2020! Despite all the problems, it still manages to be a year that brought us excellent cookbooks. This year was marked by excellent pastry and restaurant cookbooks. As it couldn't be otherwise, there was also room for more comforting foods but also healthier recipes. In short, it was a year that brought a bit of everything to everyone.
Before we leave you with our list we can only wish you a Happy New Year! See you all in 2021!
The first book in our list of the Best Cookbooks 2020 with a score of 5 / 5 is Now For Something Sweet by the Monday Morning Cooking Club.
This joyful cookbook honors and celebrates the most cherished family recipes alongside moving stories of warmth, family, friendship, community, and survival.
The diversity of recipes is one of the many reasons why we love this book. It is great to have in just one place the possibility to choose between a simple Almond Butter Biscuit and a complex Dobos Torte, a Hungarian Layered Sponge Cake.
This is a book to both treasure and cook from, day after day!
In the second position, with a score of 4.9 / 5, is Everyday Fresh by Donna Hay.
There are days when it feels as though there's barely time to eat dinner, let alone prepare it. Donna knows on days like these, we all need a little Everyday Fresh in our lives.
In this new book, Donna brings a lot of invigorating energy to the table. Taking everyday classics and elevating them with better-for-you ingredients, the book is filled with flavourful, heart-healthy recipes that can be created with very little hands-on time – and no hard-to-track-down ingredients. What’s more, they can all be turned into freezer-ready dishes, ready to be heated up at the end of a long day.
Third in our list, with a score of 4.9 / 5 is Ekstedt: The Nordic Art of Analogue Cooking by Niklas Ekstedt.
Ekstedt: The Nordic Art of Analogue Cooking is an open-fire cooking essential companion, featuring insightful tips on tools and techniques, plus a collection of recipes to be enjoyed year-round.
In this book, Niklas shares details on how everything is achieved at the restaurant. Nikla's passion is contagious as he moves through techniques such as cold and hot smoking, using embers, hay and open fires effectively and flambadou – cooking by basting with burning fat. The results of Ekstedt's prolific research is evident in his recipes. Wild ingredients and ancient techniques are used to create clean, highly finessed plates of food, such as Langoustines Seared with burning beef fat and served alongside a burning birch wood-Infused ream thickened with ättika and a smoked parsnip.
Matty Matheson takes the fourth place in our list with is new cookbook Home Style Cookery
With a 4.8 / 5, Home Style Cookery is Matty's definitive guide to mastering your kitchen, covering everything from pantry staples (breads, stocks, and pickles) to party favorites (dips, fried foods, and grilled meats), to weeknight go-tos (stews, pastas, salads), and special occasion show-stoppers (roasts, smoked meats, and desserts).
In Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery, Matty combines the best ingredients with his madness, creating a unique cookbook that could only have been written by himself.
Taking the fifth place in our list of the best cookbooks 2020 is Il Buco: Stories and Recipes, with a score of 4.8 / 5.
In honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary comes this full-color culinary celebration of il Buco, one of New York City’s most beloved restaurants, featuring more than 80 mouthwatering recipes and detailing the romantic origins of the restaurant’s philosophy of sourcing the best prime materials, including olive oil, salt, vinegar and all that make the Mediterranean way of life so alluring.
Il Buco: Stories and Recipes is designed to introduce those of you who don't know il Buco to the stories and recipes that have made this restaurant famous.
Everyone Can Bake by Dominique Ansel takes sixth place in our list of the best cookbooks 2020 with a score of 4.8 / 5.
Name one of the best cookbooks of the season by The New York Times, Chowhound, Eater, Food & Wine, Forbes, and more, Everyone can Bake, is the newest release from the acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel.
In his new book, Dominique shares his simple, foolproof recipes for tarts, cakes, jams, buttercreams, and more “building blocks” of desserts for home cooks to master and mix as they please.
With a score of 4.8 / 5, The Irish Cookbook takes seventh place in our list of the best cookbooks 2020.
In The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed chef Jp McMahon tells the story of Irish food, its unique culinary origins, migratory influences, and the wild resources that make up the land. Eager to change the perception of Irish food, McMahon recounts Ireland’s remarkably rich food heritage which dates back millennia and celebrates the unique culinary culture of the island and the roots of its hearty flavors and warm hospitality.
This book is a comprehensive collection of 500 authentic Irish home cooking recipes. Several years in the making, The Irish Cookbook celebrates the best that Ireland has to offer. From the oysters and seaweed on its west coast to the beef and lamb from its lush pastures, to the wild forest food, berries, and oats found throughout the island.
Taking the eighth place in our list is Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End with a score of 4.8 / 5.
Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End, is an ode to the extraordinary restaurant that provides a fascinating first-hand account of Fäviken’s evolution. Here Magnus Nilsson offers a valuable examination of the restaurant industry and highlights the important lessons he learned along the way.
The book is a vital commentary on food culture today and includes illuminating essays on subjects like creativity, balancing familial responsibilities while running a restaurant, and the importance of craft over innovation.
With a score of 4.6 / 5, The Pie Room by Calum Franklin occupies the ninth place in our list of the best cookbooks 2020.
The Pie Room Cookbook works like an entry ticket to the pie world of Franklin. Alongside the recipes, Franklin will guide you through the techniques and tools for perfecting your pastry. Within this book, you'll find details including how to properly line pie tins, or how to crimp your pastry and decorate your pies so they look like true show-stoppers.
With photographs of the different tools, techniques, and recipes working as visual guides It's easy to understand everything you are doing. Whether it's something simple like lining pie tins to something more complex like executing some of the advanced recipes.
Last but not least, the final place in our list is occupied by The Pastry School, with a score of 4.6 / 5.
The Pastry School is a book that offers much more than just a few recipes. This is a comprehensive masterclass in pastry that will teach you everything you need to know to master sweet and savory pies, tarts, and treats at home. The book is organized by food items, which makes it very easy to navigate. Chapters include Fruit, Cream & Cheese, Nuts, Vegetables, Meat & Fish and Crunch & Crumb, featuring more than 50 sweet and savory recipes.
The recipes are diverse, delicious, and easy to follow. The 10 different types of pastry dough make this book accessible for everyone, including vegans and gluten intolerants.