Our Favorite Cookbooks for Home Cooks

OXO's top picks for cookbooks.

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At OXO, we’re always looking for new inspiration in the kitchen. Like just about everyone we know, we’re spending a ton more time cooking at home, and look to cookbooks to break us out of our cooking ruts. We love reading about new flavor combinations and methods to try, and rely on cookbooks to master better home cooking. Here are some of our favorite new cookbooks and ones we turn back to again and again.

In Bibi’s Kitchen

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Entrepreneur Hawa Hassan is known in the foodie world for Basbaas(Opens in a new window), her line of locally sourced, gluten-free, and vegan hot sauces and chutneys, inspired by her Somali roots. For her first cookbook, In Bibi’s Kitchen, Hassan teamed up with longtime OXO friend, author Julia Turshen, to explore recipes and stories from eight African countries: Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar and Comoros. Each chapter is focused on one country and includes a bit of history, portraits of bibis (grandmothers) and recipes to make at home. In Bibi’s Kitchen welcomes you into the home of twenty bibis and teaches the importance of passing on food traditions.

Try Hawa’s recipe for Prego Rolls with Piri Piri Sauce.

Chasing Flavor

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In Dan Kluger’s debut cookbook, Chasing Flavor, the award-winning chef provides techniques and recipes to cook fearlessly at home. The book focuses on cooking seasonally with high-quality ingredients, balancing flavors and understanding textures.

Try Dan’s Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apple Dressing recipe from the book.

Dessert Person

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Pastry chef, food writer and YouTube personality Claire Saffitz’s first cookbook, Dessert Person, provides over 100 recipes for both sweet and savory baking. In addition to recipes, Claire guides bakers (of all levels) to bake with confidence at home.

Try Claire’s recipe from the book for a Cranberry-Pomegranate Mousse Pie.

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Julia Turshen’s Now & Again is a cookbook we keep coming back to - whether we need a menu for a holiday or something for dinner. It’s great for home cooks because not only does it provide inspiring menus, but also includes ways to reinvent the leftovers.

Try a dish from Julia’s Thanksgiving menu.

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When it comes to cookie baking at home, we turn to Dorie Greenspan’s book, Dorie’s Cookies. The book is filled with recipes with surprising ingredients and combinations to have fun with in the kitchen (cocktail cookies anyone?).

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