20 New Cookbooks For Adventurous Ones

December 13, 2016

The books compiled here are the ones for the explorers on your list. Not just the folks who have been to 125 countries—or wished they had—but also the ones you want to learn about the food they might not be familiar with. For some, that would mean spiralizers. For others, many-part recipes from chi chi restaurants.

These are the year's cookbooks that pushed boundaries and charted into new-for-some territories. Dive in: Click the image next to each cover to learn a little more about the book.

First stop: China (& macau)

The Souths (Of India & the United States)

The Middle East


Spiraling—Sometimes Into Outer Space

Sometimes Labor-Intensive Entertaining

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