Best Cookbooks of 2016 So Far

MeatheadFrom making gorgeous bakery-worthy layer cakes or retro chic cocktails to whipping up vegan and vegetarian dishes even carnivores will love, our picks for the Best Cookbooks of the Year So Far have something for everyone, I would venture.  The full list is 20 books but here are the top six, including our number one: Meathead: The Great Science of Barbecue and Grilling.  Why Meathead?  Because it's got Food Lab-style science, down-home barbecue know-how, and an explanation of the three ways outdoor heat is transferred that sounds more like Barry White than barbecue. This is THE cookbook if you like meat and want to rock the grill this summer....

Here are a handful of the other top cookbooks of the year so far:


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This is the book to have while the farmer's markets are brimming with beautiful fruits and veggies.  Shop to your heart's content without worry of what you'll do once you get them home--this cookbook has recipes for Apple-to-Zucchini cooking...

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Chrissy Teigen is a supermodel who likes to EAT. She puts her spin on comfort food like chicken wings and chili (weirdly wonderful-- it includes chopped mushrooms and Fritos) plus some amazing Thai dishes courtesy of her mom.

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The first thing you'll notice are the gorgeous recipe photos.  Don't be ashamed if you accidentally drool on the pages--I get it.  Great book for cooking something you usually go out to get.

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The popular T.V. show may be fictional but these burgers are the real deal.  75 mouth-watering Burgers of the Day recipes that anyone can make.  Now who wants a Sweaty Palms Burger?

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Retro, vintage, old...A rose by any other name, and all that--classic cocktails have had a resurgence and I'm welcoming back cocktails with an emphasis on fun glassware, festive garnish, and a strong boozy base.

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