Welcome to the 2019 BuzzFeed Pride Cookbook Roundup
When we think about ways to support the queer community during Pride month, donating or getting involved with organizations such as GLADD, The Trevor Project, and Trans Lifeline are fantastic ways to make a direct impact. But beyond supporting LGBTQ+ nonprofits, another way to show support is to simply purchase products made by queer creatives — like cookbooks! Doing so puts money directly into the pockets of queer authors, and it shows large publishing houses that we want to see more representation within cookbooks.
"Cookbooks have this amazing ability and power to normalize things like queerness."
But beyond simply making money for the community, cookbooks written by LGBTQ+ authors help bring positive queer narratives to the culinary landscape. "Cookbooks have this amazing ability and power to normalize things like queerness," cookbook author Julia Turshen told Chicago Tribune. “Recipes are love letters," she explained, "and to see our recipes made in other people’s homes and shared with their families, chosen or nuclear, that’s so powerful.”
The following books are some of our absolute favorite cookbooks, food memoirs, and culinary guides penned by queer authors. They are filled with delicious recipes, anecdotes, and stories. Pride is all about building up the community and celebrating each others' successes — so pick out your favorite, get cooking, and invite some of your best Judy's over for a delicious feast. Happy Pride!
1. Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch
Flipping through Lynch's debut cookbook is like stepping into a pop art gallery. With colorful and kitschy photographs, vibrant recipes inspired by Southern and Caribbean cooking, and personality for days, this cookbook is sure to add a splash of color to your kitchen.
2. Now & Again by Julia Turshen
This cookbook is filled with simple recipes you'll come back to time and time again. But what makes this book seriously helpful is Turshen's clever suggestions for how to transform leftovers into entirely new (and exciting) dishes.
3. Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
From Great British Bake Off's season 4 runner-up comes a book that is all about the joys of eating. If you're in the mood for positivity, fun recipes ideas, and clever food writing, Eat Up is for you.
4. The New Pie by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin
With more than 500 baking awards under their belts, Taylor and Arguin know a thing or two about how to make a great pie. In this book, they share their modern-yet-approachable techniques for taking your baking game to a whole new level.
5. Apéritif by Rebekah Peppler
If you're in the mood for quick bites and simple-yet-elegant drink ideas, look no further. This book is a collection of effortless recipes that are bursting with style — perfect for breezy summer entertaining.
6. Burn the Place by Iliana Regan (July, 2019)
Regan is a culinary icon within the Chicago food scene known for her dynamic "new gatherer" cuisine. In this memoir, she opens up about how she got there and what it's like to run a Michelin restaurant. It's not necessarily a cookbook, but a wonderful read for anyone interested in cooking.
7. Season by Nik Sharma
Season is a collection of bright recipes with stunning photography. With dishes like curry leaf popcorn chicken, Sharma uses recipes to introduce readers to new flavors and traditions in a way that is both approachable and exciting.
8. Air Fry Every Day by Ben Mims
If the idea of using an air fryer still intimidates you, then this book is for you. Mims shows that using the futuristic device can be both approachable and easy, and does so with recipes that are delicious and fun.
9. Secrets of the Southern Table by Virginia Willis
If Southern staples like cathead biscuits and tomato pie sound good to you, then look no further. Secrets of the Southern Table is filled with a diverse collection of Southern recipes written with Willis' signature heartwarming charm.
10. Solo by Anita Lo
This book is perfect for cooks looking for single serving recipes that are anything but boring. If you live alone, check it out and treat yourself!
11. Bake from Scratch: Volume Three by Brian Hart Hoffman
Hart Hoffman's impressive collection of recipes is worthy of a permanent spot in your cookbook collection. Think of it as your new go-to baking encyclopedia, with just about every recipe you could ever need included within it's pages.
12. Husbands That Cook by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez
Merrin and Alvarez are pretty much impossible not to love — and their book is just as charming. It's filled with simple recipes and joyful headnotes you'll want to make again and again.
13. Tiki by Shannon Mustipher
If you're the kind of person who loves to entertain, this book is for you. Mustipher teaches you how to make simple tiki drinks that are delicious, fun, and perfect for summer parties.
14. Cooking on a Bootstrap by Jack Monroe
Every cook needs a collection of go-to recipes that are both delicious and affordable, and that's where this book comes in handy. The recipes are approachable, fun, and make cooking at home a triumph you can pull off everyday.
15. Out of Line by Barbara Lynch
Lynch is one of the most successful and inspiring chefs in America, and this memoir details her inspiring rise to culinary fame. This is another non-cookbook pick, but a wonderful read for anyone working in the food industry.
16. Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski (September, 2019)
Fans of Queer Eye, this is for you.
17. The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook by Preeti Mistry
Bright, vibrant, and fun, Mistry's cookbook is a colorful collection of recipes that are anything but boring.
18. A Simple Feast by Diana Yen
If you're the kind of person who enjoys cookbook photography just as much as the recipes, you'll love this. Written by talented food stylist Diana Yen, the photos are as delicious as the recipes themselves.