We Found The Best Restaurant Cookbooks For Dining In At Home

We’ve rounded up our favorite restaurant cookbooks to tide us over until our next dine-in meal.

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We found some of the best restaurant cookbooks for dining in at home.
We found some of the best restaurant cookbooks for dining in at home.

Perhaps you’ve discovered a newfound love for cooking while cooped up at home. Or maybe you’re counting down the days until you can eat anything other than your own sad excuse for cacio e pepe.

One thing’s for sure: Most of us can’t wait until we can sit down at our favorite local restaurant for a good meal with our family and friends.

There’s something about going to a restaurant that can’t be replaced, even if at your house the breadbasket is bottomless and the booze is heavily poured.

Many restaurants that are now struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a story about how they came to be. They have ambiances and carefully crafted menus with special recipes and ingredients that are lovingly selected by the owners and chefs, who put a lot of thought and care into the food they make.

The restaurants that do this best can quickly catapult to cult fame, with lines out the door for orders and reservations on the calendar for months in advance.

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If you’re itching for a restaurant-quality meal or treat but aren’t sure where to start, below we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite restaurant cookbooks, including Big Gay Ice Cream Shop's debut cookbook.

But with dine-in restaurants across the country forced to close down for now, many are struggling for the opportunity to open their doors again — even beyond the pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a massive food waste problem, especially among farmers who supply restaurants. Some restaurants have turned to takeaway and delivery to stay afloat, but the reality is most restaurants can’t be supported on delivery orders alone. Some innovative restauranteurs are selling groceries directly to customers. Still others with more of a word-of-mouth reputation to lean on are turning to merchandise sales like T-shirts and cookbooks.

Even before the era of social distancing, going to en vogue restaurants wasn’t necessarily doable for most people. That’s why many of these top restaurants first began sharing the secrets to their most popular dishes with tips and tricks from the chefs themselves in the form of cookbooks. That way, you can recreate famous dishes from the comfort of your home, while supporting your favorite local restaurants in the process.

If you’re itching for a restaurant-quality meal or treat but aren’t sure where to start, below we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite restaurant cookbooks. It might not be the same as having your meal prepared by the pros, but hopefully it can hold you over until you can make a reservation to dine in once again.

Don’t see your favorite restaurant’s cookbook on the list? Let us know.

Below, restaurant cookbooks so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home:

1
Milk Bar
Milk Bar
The Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook is a revealing look at the recipes and culture that make Milk Bar unique. You'll find cult favorite recipes in this book, including Cereal Milk, Compost Cookies and Milk Bar Pie.

Find it for $35 at Milk Bar.
2
Empellón Taqueria
Barnes & Noble
This book tells the story of how 3-Michelin-star chef Alex Stupak quit the world of fine dining to open the smash hit Empellón Taqueria in New York City. These recipes and essays make the case that Mexican food should be as esteemed as the highest French cooking.

Find it for $33 at Barnes & Noble.
3
Ottolenghi
Target
From bestselling chefs and authors Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, "Ottolenghi: The Cookbook" features 140 recipes from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants, inspired by the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

Get it for $22 at Barnes & Noble.
4
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Manifesto
Target
A complete education on cooking meat and brisket from the country's most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue — winner of Texas Monthly's coveted "Best Barbecue Joint in Texas" award.Find it for $19 at Target.
5
Ivan Ramen
Barnes & Noble
The end-all-be-all guide to ramen featuring more than 40 recipes from Ivan Orkin, the New York-born owner of Tokyo's top ramen shop. "Ivan Ramen" will inspire you to forge your own path, give you insight into Japanese culture, and leave you with a deep appreciation for what goes into a seemingly simple bowl of noodles.

Find it for $30 at Barnes & Noble.
6
The Berghoff Family Cookbook
Barnes & Noble
The history of Chicago's Berghoff Restaurant spans three generations and 107 years. It is one of America's oldest family-owned restaurants. To commemorate such a rich culinary history, Carlyn Berghoff and her mother, Jan Berghoff, collected 150 of the restaurant's most popular recipes, including classics such as Creamed Spinach, Berghoff Rye Bread, and Wiener Schnitzel. Find it for $30 at Barnes & Noble.
7
The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook
Abe Books.
Creating a better world starts at home — and in the kitchen. For 20 years, The Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes, adapted for home cooks, and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of Minneapolis’ best-loved restaurants.

Find it for $9 at Abe Books.
8
Xi'an Famous Foods
Amazon
Jason Wang divulges the untold story of how the Xi'an Famous Foods empire came to be, alongside the never-before-published recipes that helped create this New York City icon. From heavenly ribbons of liang pi doused in a bright vinegar sauce to flatbread filled with caramelized pork to cumin lamb over hand-pulled Biang Biang noodles, this cookbook helps home cooks make the dishes that fans of Xi’an Famous Foods line up for while also exploring the vibrant cuisine and culture of Xi’an.

Find it for $31 at Amazon.
9
Junior's Cheesecake
Target
For nearly six decades, cheesecake lovers have made the pilgrimage to Junior's restaurant for legendary dreamy, creamy slices. But now you don't need to trek to Brooklyn for "to-die-for" cheesecake because you can whip up these cakes right in your own kitchen with the help of "Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook."

Find it for $20 at Target.
10
Roberta's
Target
Brooklyn's Roberta's pizzeria is what The New York Times called "one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the country." Roberta's began as a pizza place and quickly redefined the urban food landscape. Get the Bushwick restaurant's highly anticipated debut cookbook.

Find it for $25 at Target.
11
State Bird Provisions
Barnes & Noble
This is the debut cookbook from Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. You'll find the most popular dishes from chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski.

Get it for $40 at Barnes & Noble.
12
Egg Shop
Target
An appealing, stunningly designed full-color cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes for favorite food and drinks from the Egg Shop, New York City's beloved all-hours brunch-and-cocktails hangout. With "Egg Shop," anyone can create their delicious Egg Shop experience at home — whether it's a quiet breakfast for one or a boozy brunch for twenty.

Find it for $21 at Target.
13
Brodo
Amazono
In "Brodo," New York City chef Marco Canora shares the recipes for his flavorful, nutritious broths and shows you how to serve them year-round, as well as incorporate them into recipes and as a daily health practice.

Find it for $15 at Amazon.
14
Butter & Scotch
Barnes & Noble
At Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch, everything is made by hand with inventive flavors that are created to satisfy any sweet tooth — especially those with a penchant for spirits. In their namesake cookbook, Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth dish up more than 75 recipes for incredible desserts, cocktails and creations that shake up the traditional approach to booze and sweets.

Find it for $30 at Barnes & Noble.
15
Pizza Loves Emily
Target
The husband-and-wife team behind one of New York City's and Nashville's favorite pizza places share the secrets behind their acclaimed restaurants in a cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes. You'll be shown how to recreate such crowd-pleasing favorites as their famous round pizza, the iconic Detroit pan pizza, and their legendary EMMY Burger, the juicy wonder that tops many New York City "Best Burger" lists.

Find it for $23 at Target.
16
Sister Pie
Barnes & Noble
At Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski and her band of sister bakers are helping make Detroit sweeter one slice at a time from a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side. With 75 of her most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies — such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie — and other bakeshop favorites, the "Sister Pie" cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit.

Find it for $25 at Barnes & Noble.
17
Momofuku
Milk Bar
This New York Times bestseller tells the story and recipes behind chef Dave Chang's rise to culinary stardom through Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar and Ko.

Find it for $40 at Milk Bar.
18
Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie
Target
Melissa and Emily Elsen, sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that's anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey.

Find it for $21 at Target.
19
Jack's Wife Freda
Target
From Jack's Wife Freda, the New York City neighborhood restaurants with a worldwide following, a gorgeously illustrated cookbook filled with beloved recipes for accessible, delicious, and inventive Jewish comfort food you can make at home.

Find it for $23 at Target.
20
Big Gay Ice Cream
Target
The Big Gay Ice Cream cookbook describes itself as "a yearbook of ice cream accomplishment." In it you'll find all kinds of recipes from the NYC frozen treat spot including top-sellers like the "Salty Pimp."

Get it for $25 at Target.