Here at Delish, we like to mark the end of the year by pondering all the recipes and cooking projects we got to experiment with over the year. And nothing helped inspire those ideas like poring over the pages of cookbooks. Over the course of 2022 we spackled the pages of our favorite new cookbooks with plenty of flour, bits of egg yolk, and rings of red wine. We're only human, after all!
And 2022 brought us so many amazing cookbooks, almost too many to count. Cook As You Are taught us how to stop worrying about recipes. There was Diasporican, which dove into Puerto Rican food-ways in the U.S. and beyond. We also got Rick Martinez's debut, Mi Cucina, which took us on a flavor trip through 32 Mexican states. And how could we forget Ali Slagle's I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To), a weeknight fave.
Yes, 2022 was a great year for the home chef to expand their cookbook collection. But it was also an important year for showing just how the medium has changed. Cookbooks, in many ways, are like living archives, perfect flavor-packed scrapbooks, as it was for Ixta Belfrage's Mezcla: Recipes to Excite and Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen.
Cookbooks are also like romance novels, filled with moments of tinkering with heat, spice, and acid to make something bigger than the sum of its parts. In many ways, our top cookbooks included books that included more than just recipes, but a way to sort through the our emotions, like Becca Rae Tucker did in her warm and inviting baking cookbook, Baking By Feel.
No matter where the year found us, we were glad to have these cookbooks along for the ride. Without further ado, here are the 2022 cookbooks that we can't imagine cooking without.