Our 5 favorite books of the year for food lovers

Any foodie on your list will devour these delicious reads.

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

Chef Edward Lee is known to many Top Chef fans as a finalist in Season 9, but it was his cookbook Smoke & Pickles that drew the eye of the literary food scene” Lee’s writing was as stunning and inventive as the recipes within. Now the chef is back on book tour with Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine. Each of Lee’s chapters takes readers to a new home-town restaurant in America, from the famed beignets of Café du Monde in New Orleans to a Cambodian restaurant in Lowell, Massachusetts – and, thankfully, recipes are included, too. The late Anthony Bourdain called it “Thoughtful, well researched, and truly moving. Shines a light on what it means to cook and eat American food, in all its infinitely nuanced and ever-evolving glory.”

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