Six Thoughtful New Cookbooks

Elevate your home chef skills with these diverse guides

More than how-to guides, cookbooks tell stories—whether it’s once-lost traditions or modern-day innovations. In these recently published cookbooks, readers can learn secret family recipes, inventive plant-based dishes, clever fermented fare and much more. And, beyond the delicious dishes, each of these creative books tell a unique tale—from a love letter to Detroit, to a thoughtful approach to dining solo—that will simultaneously elevate your kitchen skills. A …

A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair

The humor and ingenuity of the duo behind beloved New York City restaurants Contra and Wildair translates onto every single page in their debut cookbook, A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair. Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske cook hyper-seasonally, with undeniable skill, wit and a bit of humility. There’s nothing stuffy about their food—or their love of natural wine—and it has rewarded them and will reward readers.