Great American Eats

America's thriving local food culture inspired us to highlight our editors' picks for the best new and classic cookbooks from culinary innovators across America, region by region. Did we miss something wonderful? Write to us.

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More About Our Great American Eats Picks

In the spirit of cooking and eating local, we got curious about the American cookbooks we admired: Where were they coming from? Which states had the most influential cookbook authors? Which classic regional cookbooks were inspiring a new generation of chefs and home cooks, rediscovering the canning, preserving, fermenting, and nose-to-tail cooking techniques that every American cook worth their salt used to know?

So we came up with a list of several hundred of our favorite cookbooks and put them on the map, based on the current hometown or major restaurant location of the chef or author. We hope looking at cookbooks this way will inspire casual cooks and serial microwavers alike to keeping bucking the trend of cooking as spectator sport and play with the flavors from the taste-making cooks in your community--or a place you've always wanted to visit. has the world's largest collection of cookbooks, including regional and international cookbooks, baking books, entertaining guides, wine resources, and quick and easy cookbooks. Find inspiration for your next meal, explore foodie favorites and chef memoirs, plan a dinner party for a dozen guests, or look for essential reference guides for your kitchen.

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For more picks from our editors, visit the Best of the Month: Cookbooks, Food & Wine page to see our favorites each month, and to browse more picks in Baking & Desserts, Canning, Pickling & Preserving, Comfort Food, Drinks, Holiday Entertaining, Holiday Entertaining, Holiday Entertaining, Family-Friendly Cooking, Food Narratives, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free and other Healthy Diets like Paleo Cooking, Quick & Easy Cooking, Regional & International, Slow Cooking, and Vegetarian & Vegan.

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