If your cookbook shelf is needing a bit of a flavour boost and upgrade, then you’ve come to the right place. BIPOC cookbook authors often don’t get the recognition and appreciation that they deserve and in today’s climate, it’s more important to shout them out and actively showcase them. There are zillions of talented creators of colour out there and it’s crucial to give them each the attention they deserve. These cookbooks by BIPOC authors deserve pride of place on your bookshelf and a spot in the centre of your table for all the dishes you’ll make and remember. From soul food to healthy eats, and everything in between, you’ll want to grab your eating pants because thanks to these BIPOC cookbook authors, it’s about to get tasty up in here!
Toronto-based food blogger and expert photographer Diala Canelo is an industry fave and her recently launched cookbook, Diala’s Kitchen is a continuation of her food blog and mega talents. The book is filled with recipes that are inspired by Diala’s vast travel journeys to places like Barcelona, Paris, Melbourne, Mexico City, and her hometown of Santo Domingo. These bold and bright recipes are easy to follow and won’t let you down!
If soul food is your jam, then don’t waste a second more and grab yourself a copy of Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee. This book reimagines traditional soul food recipes from years gone by and gives them a unique twist and update while staying true to the flavours and stories of the folks who created them. It’ll be hard to choose between recipes like Spanish Cornbread, BBQ Baked Beans, Buttermilk Fried Chicken but we have faith in you!
Dreaming of visiting Northern Thailand? Us too and while travel is a bit limited at the moment, you can experience the magic of Thailand through Chef Nuit Regular’s Kiin cookbook. This authentic book is packed full of flavourful recipes, beautiful photography, and heartwarming stories straight from Chef Nuit herself. These recipes might sound a bit intimidating at first but fear not because Chef Nuit’s tips and tricks are there to help and the result will be delicious!
Known for being one of the top bakers on The Great British Baking Show, Chetna has been cranking out cookbook after cookbook and we couldn’t be more excited about this latest that’s all about vegetarian Indian cuisine. As we saw on Bake Off, Chetna knows her flavours and spices and this book is packed with both. Get ready to dive into dishes like Samphire and Carom Seed Pakoras, Red Lentil and Roasted Cauliflower Soup, as well as Coconut and Chana Dal Stuffed Parathas to name a few!
If you’ve gotten into baking during the pandemic, then Snacking Cakes should definitely be in your shopping cart. The book is filled with quick and easy cakes to make that are perfect for mid-day snacks (hence the title!) but even impressive enough for dessert. These no-fuss recipes from expert baker Yossy Arefi just can’t be beat and once you dig into one, you’ll understand why!
Thought that Chinese food is too tricky to make at home? Allow Chef Trevor Lui to prove you wrong in his new cookbook, Double Happiness. The book is packed with 88 recipes that feature Asian-inspired recipes like Bulgogi Beef Tostadas, Sweet Chili Cauliflower Wings, and Taiwanese Fried Chicken. If you’re looking to step up your home cooking, Double Happiness is definitely one of the books to have on your radar.
You can’t go wrong with soul food and iconic TV chef and food expert Carla Hall knows it. This book might be a few years old but these recipes have certainly stood the test of time because they’re all twists on classics. Carla takes us on a culinary journey through her soul food roots and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. You’ll be hooked on recipes like Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust to name just a few.
In her first book, wellness entrepreneur and influencer Hannah Bronfman is here to provide insight on everything from gut health to nutrition to fitness to skincare. After a quick flip through the book, you’ll want to try her recipes for smoothies, salads, soups and more that’ll have you glowing from the inside out!
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