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These Are The Cookbooks You Need, According To The 2017 James Beard Awards

It's time to stock your bookshelf.
05/02/2017 06:02am ET | Updated May 2, 2017

In case you aren’t aware, winning a James Beard Award is a big deal in the food world. Think of it like what the Oscars means to film, only for food. And so when the awards are announced, you pay attention.

Folks, the 2017 awards are out ― and it’s a great list. The awards not only honor the top chefs and restaurants in our country, but the best food books, too ― we’re talking cookbooks and nonfiction books. This year’s award-winning book list is impressive and included some cookbooks about which we’ve already waxed poetic.

Since we should all be buying cookbooks in 2017, here’s the list ― it’s a great place to start.

1
Dorie's Cookies
Amazon
This won for best baking and dessert book. (We had a feeling it would.)Get the book on Amazon for $17
2
Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Amazon
This won best beverage book category.Get the book on Amazon for $19.23
3
The Oxford Companion to Cheese
Amazon
This won for best reference and scholarship book.Get the book on Amazon for $41.33
4
Taste & Technique
Amazon
This won for best photography in a cookbook. Get the book on Amazon for $20.38
5
Classic Koffman
Amazon
This won for best book in the category "cooking from a professional point of view."Get the book on Amazon for $30.59
6
Milk Made
Amazon
This won for best single subject food book.Get the book on Amazon for $23.53
7
Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan
Amazon
This won for best international cookbook.Get the book on Amazon for $22.48
8
Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat
Amazon
This won for best general cooking book.Get the book on Amazon for $24.73
9
A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression
Amazon
This won for best nonfiction food book.Get the book on Amazon for $14.68
10
You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals
Amazon
This won for best health cookbook.Get the book from Amazon for $14.83
11
The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook
Amazon
This won for best vegetable cooking.Get the book on Amazon for $26.72
12
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes
Amazon
This won for both best American cooking and book of the year. If you only buy one cookbook for the rest of the year, it should be this one.Get the book on Amazon for $17.67
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