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Globetrotting Cookbooks To Inspire Your Home Kitchen


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International travel may still be on hold. But you can explore the flavors of far-flung destinations, expand your cooking repertoire, and get out of that cooking rut with these transporting new books showcasing cuisines from around the globe.

If you’re dreaming of a sun-drenched Italian island…

Bitter Honey cookbook

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Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from Sardinia, by Letitia Clark

When Brit Letitia Clark arrived to Sardinia, she fell in love with the idyllic Mediterranean island — and back in love with cooking. The professional chef had tired of precious restaurant dishes overwrought with trends and techniques. But the simple, rustic, ingredient-driven food of Sardinia reignited her passion. You’ll feel her contagious enthusiasm throughout the pages of this beautiful book in recipes like artichokes four ways, saffron risotto with oranges and mascarpone, blood orange cake and olive oil with ricotta, roast squid stuffed with herbs and anchovies, and culurgioinis — traditional Sardinian dumplings filled with potatoes and cheese. 

If you want to learn how to make Korean bibimbap at home, instead of ordering it in…

My Korea cookbook

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My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes, by Hooni Kim

Korean-born chef Hooni Kim trained at the French Culinary Institute and cooked in the lauded kitchens of Daniel and Masa before opening Danji in NYC, which became the first-ever Korean restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star. In his first cookbook, Kim gives a primer on the Korean pantry essentials, then devotes whole chapters to categories like kimchi, banchan (small side dishes), snacks, rice and noodle dishes, meat, and seafood. His 90 recipes run the gamut from super traditional to fusion, like his Beef Brisket Bulgogi Sliders.

If you want to pretend you’re a contestant on a baking competition show…

Aran cookbook

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Aran: Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland, by Flora Shedden 

In Aran (which is Scottish Gaelic for bread), Great British Bake Off alum Flora Shedden shares modern recipes from her famed bakery in rural Scotland. In her pages you’ll find helpful instructions for the breakout star of the pandemic — the sourdough starter — along with inventive breads, classic Scottish shortbreads, sausage rolls, and Swedish buns. Once you’ve conquered those, promote yourself to the “quarter-finals” with more involved recipes like croissants and walnut vanilla eclairs with mirror glaze worthy of the finest bakery window in all of Great Britain.

If you wish you were dining in a cozy French bistro…

Dinner in French cookbook

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Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook, by Melissa Clark

Trust in Melissa Clark — the New York Times food columnist, James Beard Award–winner, and author of 40-some cookbooks — to give French cuisine a fresh edit. The 150 recipes in Dinner in French are made for anyone who’s ever fe

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