The 10 Spring 2022 Cookbooks We Can’t Wait To Cook From

Ryan Nadolny

These titles are the most anticipated cookbooks of Spring 2022 and we can't wait to get cooking!

Anyone else still waiting for spring to come out of hiding?! I know they say, “April showers bring May flowers," but does it have to be so cold?

I suppose it depends on where you are geographically. If you’re in the midwest or northeast, I know you fully feel my pain.

Every year we all say the same things. And every year we complain. You’d think we’d get it by now. Next year will be different!

Spring 2022 Cookbooks

The Best Cookbooks of Spring 2022

Despite spring holding back, most of us have already started getting into the spring mindset. This means we need a new cookbook for some fresh ideas to take us right into the summer!

At least, that's what it means if you like to hoard cookbooks like many of us here at Food Fanatic. Cookbooks are basically life.

Whether you are eating an all plant-based diet or one that a caveman would be jealous of, there is something for you on this list. (Personally, I like both!)

And what list is that, you ask? A list of the best cookbooks of spring 2022, boasting all the new and up and coming titles we can't wait to get our hands on.

Give me a stack of new cookbooks and a well-stocked pantry and I'm one happy human. Check out this list and join me in the happiness.

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Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

Written by Craig McAnuff and Shaun McAnuff this newly released cookbook is generating a lot of hype.

Jumping right into the veggie world with our picks, The McAnuff brothers nail it with this book, showcasing their Jamaican heritage with a vegan twist.

They are all about maximizing FLAVA into their dishes with the bright fruits and vegetables found in the Caribbean.

This vegan cookbook is full of wildly flavorful, delicious dishes like jerk cauliflower wings and coconut, black-eyed pea and sweet potato stew.

If you thought plant-based food was bland or lifeless, this Caribbean-inspired culinary adventure is the cookbook to pick up this spring.

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Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes to Make at Home Cookbook Photo

Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes to Make at Home

In scoping out the latest cookbook releases, I was super excited to find this one from author Cathy Barrow from my hometown of Toledo, Ohio.

Cathy's enticing bagel recipes are perfectly created for the average home cook, no professional kitchen equipment required.

That said, if you happen to be a professional or have access to a professional kitchen, you can still play along with the class.

With beautiful photos from Linda Xiao, detailed recipes, and a wonderful nostalgic feeling, this book is must-have for any bagel lover.

I actually like to think of this cookbook as one seriously tasty love letter to the bagel, arguably one of the world's greatest culinary innovations. 

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Horn Barbecue: Recipes and Techniques from a Master of the Art of BBQ

I will admit that California is not the first state I think of when someone mentions barbecue. In fact, it’s closer to the bottom of the list than the top.

This cookbook will change the way you think. Author Matt Horn has created a cookbook that is a true celebration of barbecue.

Pulling inspiration from different BBQ styles from all over the U.S. while adding his own unique California twist, this cookbook is like no other I've seen.

Horn focuses as much time on the vegetables as he does the meat, resulting in a beautiful book with 70 recipes that will make you into a BBQ Master!

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I Dream of Dinner (so You Don't Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes: A Cookbook

I Dream of Dinner (so You Don't Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes

Did you grow up knowing that deciding what to make for dinner each night would be one of the hardest parts of adulting? Nor did I!

Sure, the kids will be out of school soon, but that doesn’t mean coming up with dinner ideas is going to be any easier.

There is no summer break for the adults. And since you probably don’t have a private chef on hand, take the help wherever you can.

Author Ali Slagle has blessed us busy bodies with a cookbook that helps change the way we think about food, while keeping it simple, fast, and fresh.

If you love experimenting with new dinner ideas or just never know what to cook, pick up a copy of this cookbook. Thank me later.

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Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico

A true culinary exploration that takes you across Mexico, Rick Martinez's cookbook is a virtual feast for the eyes as well as for the palate.

Boasting more than 100 recipes featuring everything from carne asada to tamales, if you love Mexican cuisine you can't miss this cookbook.

Vibrant and colorful, this book is a rich and layered representation of Mexico's culture and culinary heritage.

Woven throughout with engaging personal essays and anecdotes, this cookbook isn't just a cookbook. It's part cookbook, part journal, part love letter.

If you've visited Mexico and fallen in love, or if you long to go, this cookbook can transport you there from your own kitchen.

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That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy

Do you love noodles? I have yet to meet a noodle I don’t like. Except capellini. Some call it angel hair. I call it terrible. That stuff should be illegal.

With this epic cookbook, Mike and Stephanie Le take you on a food journey through the wonderful world of pasta recipes.

And by pasta, I don’t just mean pasta as one type of food. I’m talking all forms of pasta representing cultures from all across the globe.

From mac and cheese to spicy Thai noodles and everything in between, the Les have put together an eclectic book devoted to everyone’s favorite carb!

Anyone who can turn the humble noodle into a cookbook this beautiful is a hero in my [cook]book.

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Margarita in Retrograde: Cocktails for Every Sign Cookbook Photo

Margarita in Retrograde: Cocktails for Every Sign

You didn’t think I’d let us get out of here without a book on cocktails, did you? Pfft. We were always going to get there.

Not only is this unique cookbook full of amazing cocktail recipes, but it also pairs them with your astrological sign. It's the definition of fun.

Authors Vanessa Li and Bowen Goh are owners of Mood Ring, an astrology-themed bar in Brooklyn, making them highly qualified in both astrology and mixology.

This book features playlists, dating advice, and stories from working behind the stick making it wildly entertaining as well as delicious.

If you have a friend who is always letting you know when Mercury is in retrograde, hook them up with a copy of this book!

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My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook

My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef

Kwame Onwuachi's discovery of self through the recipes handed down through the generations of his family brings us this brilliant cookbook.

Boasting a truly impressive catalog of more than 125 recipes, this cookbook is a loving celebration of African culinary traditions and the food that has marked the passage of time from generation to generation, from Nigeria to the Caribbean to the Bronx and beyond.

In addition to irresistible recipes for dishes spanning from jambalaya to baby back ribs to Puerto Rican red bean sofrito, this cookbook is at the same time a personal travel journey holding insightful reflections on how food and place and culture intersect.

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The Forest Feast Road Trip: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels through California

The latest installment of Erin Gleeson's Forest Feast collection of stunning cookbooks, here the author takes readers on an epic California road trip.

Cataloging the idyllic California cabins her family visits along the way, Gleeson shares recipes from across the Golden State with her signature California-style vegetarian cooking.

The Forest Feast Road Trip shows up in a big way with 100 vegetarian recipes, organized into chapters each devoted to a unique region of California.

Travel lovers who also love to cook will fall in love with this cookbook where the author also shares insights and adventures from each stop in her journey.

From the mountains of Lake Tahoe to the beachs of Santa Barbara to the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park, this cookbook will blow you away.

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Learning Korean: Recipes for Home Cooking

Author Peter Serpico knows that the best Korean food is Korean home cooking and with this cookbook he shows us all how.

Full disclosure - I love Korean food. I think it's one of the most underrated cuisines going. I also find the idea of cooking Korean food a touch daunting.

From sweet-and-spicy grilled cauliflower to spicy pork rib stew to his genius instant kimchi recipe, this cookbook is a true reflection of Serpico's heritage - born in Seoul then raised in Maryland.

With tricks and tips for putting together easy weekday meals inspired by Korean home cooking, this cookbook may just become a mainstay in your kitchen. I know it will in mine.

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Ryan is a food and writer from Toledo, Ohio where he's had a love affair with food since 1984. When he's not cooking or writing, he's planning the next he wants to eat.

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