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10 New Cookbooks To Spend Time With This Spring


The world is overrun with cookbooks, and not all of them are great. (One look at the bargain section of any bookstore is proof of that.) But among the forgettable books published every season, there are always a few gems to be discovered.

Well, you're going to want to clear off space on your bookshelf, because this spring is full of absolutely amazing releases. There's a book from the great BBQ master Aaron Franklin, one by a food blogger who continuously creates new dishes out of the same old vegetables, and even a book by the people behind one of the best ice cream spots in all of New York City.

With these books in your arsenal, your year will be whole lot more delicious.

Here are 10 new cookbooks to spend time with this spring.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
If you know anything about good barbecue, you've at least heard of Franklin's in Austin, Texas. People wait for hours upon hours for a taste of Aaron Franklin's brisket. This is his cookbook. Trust us, you want it.

Get Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto on Amazon for $17.99.
Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream
The desserts at Big Gay Ice Cream are guaranteed to be delicious. That's why -- even in New York City with literally hundreds of ice cream options -- there is always a line out the door of these unicorn-themed stores. Big Gay Ice Cream is famous for the Salty Pimp -- a soft-serve, chocolate-dipped, salt-studded cone -- but it also makes amazing treats like Thin Mint milkshakes and key lime pie sundaes.

Get Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats on Amazon for $18.63.
My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season
If you've never read the Scandinavian food blog My New Roots, you have some serious homework to do. Sarah Britton's beautiful blog focuses on healthy, vegetable-forward recipes. And now it's in book form.

Get My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season on Amazon for $22.20.
Peru: The Cookbook
There's more to Peruvian cuisine than ceviche, and this book is proof of that. Written by acclaimed Peruvian native chef Gastón Acurio, this 500-recipe cookbook covers the incredibly unique cuisine of this country. (Don't worry, there are plenty of ceviche recipes included.)

Get Peru: The Cookbook on Amazon from $32.69.
Mr. Wilkinson's Well-Dressed Salads
With Aussie chef Matt Wilkinson's recipes, eating vegetables has never been so easy. Bonus: The book is a pleasure to look at too.

Get Mr. Wilkinson's Well-Dressed Salads on Amazon for $20.48
Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling
Brooklyn chef Joe Carroll of Fette Sau details everything you need to know to cook over an open fire in his new cookbook. It is THE grilling book everyone needs. Consider your Father's Day shopping done. (And get a copy for yourself too while you're at it.)

Get Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling on Amazon for $21.74.
Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories
Christina Tosi -- the genius mind behind NYC-famed Momofuku Milk Bar bakeries -- wowed us with her first cookbook and her unique creative pastry techniques. Her second book is equally impressive, yet completely different. It's a look at her off-hours cooking process -- savory and sweet, all of it inspiring.

Get Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories on Amazon for $24.92.
A Girl and Her Greens
April Bloomfied, chef of The Spotted Pig in NYC, proves that vegetables are awesome. The book features lighter recipes than her previous cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig, with a focus on seasonal cooking.

Get A Girl and Her Greens on Amazon for $24.91.
The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook
This is the quintessential Southern food cookbook. It doesn't get more authentic than this collection of Southern recipes approved by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge. Pimento cheese, fried chicken, collards: These are the recipes you've been missing.

Get The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook on Amazon for $12.16.
Twenty Dinners
A book like no other, Twenty Dinners is an entertaining cookbook created by Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor and cook Ithai Schori. It offers 20 dinner party menus, from drinks to dinner to music.

Get Twenty Dinners on Amazon for $26.50.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that April Bloomfield wrote the memoir "Blood, Bones And Butter." It was written by Gabrielle Hamilton.

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