There are a lot of cooks at NPR. Every time we ask our staff for recommendations for our annual, year-end books guide, we get back a veritable smorgasbord of cookbook offerings.
Thanksgiving might be the most Oaxacan holiday in the U.S.; Guelaguetza, the name of the Lopez family's award-winning Los Angeles restaurant, is a Zapotec word meaning "to give and receive."
Ella Risbridger was suicidally depressed when she roasted a chicken and ended up writing an uplifting, genre-bending cookbook that reads like a magical mix of memoir, novel and self-help book.
The son of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter has compiled a book of Southern recipes handed down in his family through the years.
For a long time, the celebrity chef says, she failed to appreciate the food she grew up with. The book reflects her personal journey to embrace the meaning and depth of African-American foodways.
When he started writing the cookbook, chef James Syhabout went to his ancestral homeland, Laos, to sample the food. Now, he hopes to introduce more people to the cuisine.
Syrian cooking blends the most delicious flavors from the East and West. For the cookbook Our Syria, Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi met with Syrian women in the Middle East and Europe to cook with them.
It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.
Magazine art director Cipe Pineles helped pave the way for creative women in publishing. She also illustrated her mother's Eastern European recipes, but for 70 years the manuscript lay undiscovered.
Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.