Posted in Cook the Book on January 7, 2013

Our picks for the best new cookbooks from a slew of prominent chefs–the ones who do it right, seamlessly blending their voice and style in with the recipes to create a finished product that reflects the spirit of their work.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi: Ottolenghi and his head chef, Tamimi, are both Jerusalem natives now living and cooking together in London—but while Ottolenghi grew up in the Jewish part of the city, Tamimi was raised in the Arab area. Their collaborative cookbook pays tribute to the diverse flavors of the city they both call home, proof of a vibrant cross-cultural cuisine.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman: Perelman, a self-taught cook and creator of the wildly popular Smitten Kitchen blog, released her much-anticipated first cookbook last month. A combination of new and previously blog-published favorites, the recipes are sophisticated yet home chef-friendly.

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten: The Food Network star’s latest offering is a sort of greatest-hits collection of her most beloved, entertainment-ready recipes—American classics with an upmarket spin, like lobster and potato salad or sticky toffee date cake with a bourbon glaze.