11 Books About Food To Read If You're Obsessed With Cooking Shows

By Kerri Jarema

Have you ever stumbled upon a fandom, totally at random, and felt yourself instantly consumed by it? That's what happened to me when I discovered Bon Appetit magazine's YouTube channel. From Claire Saffitz's Gourmet Makes to Brad Leone's It's Alive with Brad, the shows are stacked with enough cooking knowledge and inside jokes between the staff that the internet has fallen in love with the rag-tag chefs and cooks. But Bon Appetit wasn't the first. For years, people have found self-care in cooking shows like The Great British Bake-Off, Parts Unknown, Chopped, Chef's Table, and, of course, Nailed It!

If you love your food with a side of human interest ⁠— and you want to keep those feels going long after you've watched every episode of every available version of Bake-Off ⁠— check out the 11 books about food and cooking below. All of them feature either cooking competitions or some other high-stakes kitchen drama in their plots, along with more in-depth explorations of family, friendship, and romance than you'll find on reality TV. And if you haven't found a food show you love enough to devour just yet, let these books inspire you to search for something delicious on a screen near you: