This Bites: Best Cookbooks of 2018

Tarik Moody and Ann Christenson name their favorite culinary reads of the year.

It’s the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee This Bites, Holiday Edition 2018! Tarik and I have produced what is perhaps our favorite podcast ever. We’ve looked back over the past year in cookbook releases and created our own wish lists. (Yes, if you’re shopping for us, we’ve made it easy for you. Hee.) 


We bring very different titles to the table. For Tarik, that’s The Flavor Matrix: The Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extraordinary Dishes; I Am a Filipino and This Is How We Cook and Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse.

For me, it’s Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One (Annisa chef Anita Lo’s take on cooking for one, on the quick;  American Cookie,  Israeli Soul (award-winning Philly chef Michael Solomonov’s new one) and Stella Parks’ brilliant Bravetart baking book. There are actually loads more we couldn’t fit in our podcast, too, and special shout out to Ottolenghi Simple, by British-Israeli chef/author Yotam Ottolenghi.

Stream the podcast here, and stay tuned for next week, when we talk about the best restaurant openings of the last year or so.

Listen to “Dec 21st – Best Cook Books of 2018” on Spreaker.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.