I highly recommend Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. This newly released gem of a cookbook is packed full of traditional, modern, and sophisticated southern cuisine. With a little over 700 pages, this is more of a tome than a cookbook. This book reminds me of Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table or maybe even Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything. It's very comprehensive and really celebrates southern cooking at it's finest. You will not find loads of overly rich butter-laden recipes in this book. Think of this cookbook as a fresh take on southern cooking with a modern, almost up-scale, classy touch. Unfortunately this cookbook doesn't have too many pictures, but I honestly don't mind. I don't think you will either.
For the baker in your life, The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook will charm you with it's whimsical retro design and gorgeous baked goods (both savory and sweet). This is one of those books that you simply page through again and again because it's so very pretty.
My cast iron skillet is probably my favorite kitchen tool. I love the versatility of being able to go from the stovetop, to the oven, to the table. Of course, it helps that everything looks gorgeous when served in cast iron. It's no surprise then that The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook is also a favorite of mine. This cookbook is full of gorgeous cast iron cookware and great recipes (many of them time-saving one-pot recipes).
These are my favorite cookbooks that have been published this year, however I'd really love to know which ones you liked the best. What are some of your favorite cookbooks that came out this year?