Becky Krystal is a writer for The Washington Post’s Voraciously, a destination aimed at novice and intermediate home cooks. She came to the Post in 2007, and previously spent five years working for the travel section.
Interviews with Becky Krystal
Flour Power: The Practice and Pursuit of Baking Sourdough Bread
by Tara Jenson
Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations
by Nicole A. Taylor
Good Enough: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen
by Leanne Brown
The Complete Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Over 200 Takeout Favorites to Make at Home
by Kwoklyn Wan
That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy
by Mike Le & Stephanie Le
Do you enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen? If so, you’ll love food writer Becky Krystal’s selection of the five best cookbooks of 2022—including a guide to sourdough bread, a fun exploration of all things noodle, and a collection of Juneteenth celebration foods.
Every year Becky Krystal of the Washington Post and staff writer of “Voraciously”, a food column with a strong ‘how-to’ focus, chooses the best cookbooks of the year for us. In 2021, she’s focusing on books about baking, an activity she’s passionate about—and many of the rest of us have been doing more of in the past year or two.
One Tin Bakes: Sweet and Simple Traybakes, Pies, Bars and Buns
by Edd Kimber
The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes
by Nik Sharma
Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes
by Bryant Terry
In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean
by Hawa Hassan & Julia Turshen
Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook
by Ixta Belfrage & Yotam Ottolenghi
If nothing else, 2020 has at least given many of us a lot of time to experiment in the kitchen. Here Becky Krystal, lead writer for the Washington Post’s Voraciously, recommends cookbooks relevant for a year in which grocery shopping has been complicated and the world has become more interconnected than ever.
Taking in cuisines from Israel to Vietnam and India, Becky Krystal, lead writer of the Washington Post’s Voraciously, recommends some of her favourite cookbooks of 2019. These books stand out for their originality, the accessibility of their recipes and their literary and aesthetic qualities.