Best food books chosen by experts

We list the best food books recommended by critics from The Guardian, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews and are always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.3 Baking Powder Wars

Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking

Washington Post

“In Baking Powder Wars, food historian and professional pastry chef Linda Civitello tells of the forgotten battle between four major baking powder purveyors—Rumford, Calumet, Clabber Girl and the once-popular brand Royal—and the vicious lengths to which each went to emerge victorious.”

Featured in Smithsonian’s 10 Best Books About Food of 2017.

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4.7 Sioux Chef's Kitchen

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Smithsonian

“It’s not every day one finds an excellent cookbook devoted to an indigenous American cuisine, which is why The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman—a North Dakota based chef of Oglala Lakota descent—is such a treat.”

Featured in Smithsonian’s 10 Best Books About Food of 2017.

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4.6 Downtime Deliciousness

Downtime: Deliciousness at Home by Nadine Levy Redzepi

The Guardian

“The cook’s cook’s cookbook. A debut collection from a wife of a famous chef, standing free from his long shadow. Informed by an interesting past and present, proudly independent, there is much to admire here, including the writer’s voice.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Food Books of 2017.

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4.3 The Angry Chef

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating

The Guardian

“The Angry Chef is development chef turned blogger Anthony Warner’s splenetic persona. Writing in character, he cleverly turns his forensic dismantling of the pseudo-science behind recent food fads into something that’s both enlightening and a hoot.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Food Books of 2017.

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4.8 Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

The Guardian

“Must-read debut from the most compelling new voice in food writing, a cookbook that gently teaches the reader that the key to expertise lies in fine tuning the senses. It’s an instruction manual, complete with beautifully illustrated charts and tables, but a romantic one.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Food Books of 2017.

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4.6 The Palestinian Table

The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis

The Guardian

“Having grown up in Jerusalem and moved to the US, here Kassis rediscovers her culture and identity through her mother’s za’atar-filled flatbreads and crisp rice-stuffed chicken. A celebration of the flavours of Palestinian food.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Food Books of 2017.

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