It’s no secret that the restaurant scene comes alive in the spring, with every food joint around seemingly debuting a new menu and slew of specials inspired by the abundance of new produce that becomes available on the market. And while, on first glance, it may appear like chefs and foodies have spent the majority of winter hibernating in a well-oiled-machine-like kitchen routine, it’s no coincidence that this season brings about the largest release of new cookbooks, too. For as many taste palates as there are, this spring and early summer there is also a book that will undoubtedly please and excite each one. Whether it’s a cookbook right out of the kitchen of a famed restaurant or a memoir about the rags-to-rise story of an iconic chef, these titles will heighten all of your foodie senses with accounts and recipes oozing flavors and smells right off of the page.
Ahead, 18 food-focused books worth picking out from hundreds of new releases. Instead of heading out to brunch right about now, we suggest you try one of these.