2017 proved to be an exceptional year for cookbooks. There are so many books that we loved that didn’t quite make our top-ten list – David Tanis Market Cooking, Dining In by Alison Roman, The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater, Feeding the Resistance by Julia Turshen, and others. We hope you have enjoyed the cookbooks of 2017 as much as we have, and continue to cook with them in 2018 and beyond! -Mira, Store Manager
Without further ado,
- Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh: We have wanted to host Yotam Ottolenghi since we opened over six years ago, and having him and Helen Goh talk to a sold-out crowd at the Egyptian Theater was a dream come true. Sweet incorporates Yotam’s Israeli heritage and Helen’s Aussie roots in the original, creative desserts that fill this beautiful book. There were some conversion issues translating measurements from the original UK edition into the US edition. For a full list of updates, you can follow this link. If you want a replacement copy of your book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman: Our first event with Deb in 2012 was our most popular event we had held at the store up to that point, and Deb once again broke records and brought a huge crowd and great energy to her November signing. Smitten Kitchen Every Day has Deb’s signature homeyness and warmth, with recipes that are as approachable as they are delicious.
- L’Appart by David Lebovitz: In his second memoir, David Lebovitz shares the trials and tribulations of buying and renovating an apartment in Paris. We were so happy to have David back in Seattle, and held a Lunch at The Whale Wins for him as well as an Author Talk with Molly Wizenberg.
- Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden: Six Seasons is without a doubt one of our staff favorites of 2017. Joshua, chef of Ava Gene’s and Tusk in Portland, came up both when the book was first published in the Spring and then again in the Fall for several packed events. With its emphasis on vegetables and seasonality, this cookbook is sure to be one that we will use over and over again.
- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat: Every single “Best Cookbooks of 2017” list we read this December included Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and for good reason: this book gives you the tools to understand why good cooking works, and how to do it yourself. We have no doubt that SFAH will be considered a must-have classic cookbook for many years to come.
- My Rice Bowl by Rachel Yang and Jess Thomson: Local chef and restauranteur Rachel Yang, along with the very talented Jess Thomson, wrote a cookbook that takes classic Korean flavors and dishes and brings them into your modern home kitchen. We always love having local authors on this list, and My Rice Bowl is no exception. If you love Joule, Revel, or any another of Rachel’s restaurants, you will delight in this book!
- Bringing It Home by Gail Simmons: Gail Simmons is the third author on this list that we first hosted in 2012 (along with Deb and David), which made it all the more wonderful to have her back for her first cookbook. We held a delicious Author Dinner at Bar Melusine, reuniting Gail and Renee Erickson from their Top Chef meeting not long before. Gail is kind and warm, and her cookbook reflects her broad tastes and generous sensibility.
- Dinner by Melissa Clark: Melissa Clark’s Dinner is the only book on the list for which we did not have an event with the author, which speaks to the popularity of this powerhouse. Clark, who is a staff writer for the New York Times, created a cookbook that we all love and that will jolt you out of your cooking slump with approachable yet creative recipes. Another 2017 staff favorite!
- A Year Right Here by Jess Thomson: This has been quite a year for local author Jess Thomson! She co-wrote our #6 book, and in A Year Right Here shared a deeply personal and inviting book about a year of cooking eating with her family.
- In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison: Deborah Madison remains an authority on vegetarian cooking in the U.S., and In My Kitchen is her latest entry in a fabulous collection of cookbooks. We hosted Deborah for the third time this Spring, and would welcome her back again as many times as she would like!
Honorable Mentions: One Pan & Done by Molly Gilbert, Over Easy by Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker).