Wrapping up the best cookbooks of the year with Celia Sack

Hosted by

Good Food has a tradition every December of sitting down with Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books in San Francisco, to discuss the best culinary tomes of the year. Trends in 2021 include Italian comfort food and regional vegan cooking. Here are her picks for the food lovers on your gift list. 

Italian comfort food

The Pasta Man: The Art of Making Spectacular Pasta
Italian American
Istria: Recipes and Stories from the Hidden Heart of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia
Gennaro’s Limoni
Let’s Eat Italy!


The Korean Vegan
The Cajun Vegan Cookbook
The Little Pine Cookbook: Modern Plant-Based Comfort
To Asia, With Love

Last winter, Celia Sack predicted that comfort food cookbooks would remain on trend but the focus became granular, including Italian recipes and vegan global cuisine such as Joanne Lee Molinaro’s “The Korean Vegan.” Photo courtesy of Avery.


Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple
Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season
Middle Eastern Sweets

Food history and writing

My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris
Black Food
At the Chinese Table: A Memoir with Recipes
The Kitchen Whisperers: Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends Taming Fruit: How Orchards Have Transformed the Land, Offered Sanctuary and Inspired Creativity


Fermentation: River Cottage Handbook No. 18
Tsukemono Recipes Cookbook

Homecooks looking for a challenge

The Joy of Pizza: Everything You Need to Know
Filipinx: Heritage Recipes From the Diaspora
Under Coconut Skies: Feasts & Stories from the Philippines



Evan Kleiman