Do you want to read outside your comfort zone in 2020?  Take Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge—a list of 24 categories of books that you may not have read before.  To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection and beyond.  We’re going to feature the categories in order of how they appear on the list, but feel free to tackle the them in any order you like!  For the full list from Book Riot, click here.

Brazilian Food by Thiago Castanho

A groundbreaking exploration of outstanding modern Brazilian cuisine, with 100+ recipes. Brazil is a vast country with a cornucopia of fabulous cuisines and a wealth of early ethnic influences that combine native Indian, Portuguese and African flavors. Immigrants from Germany, Italy, Syria, Lebanon and Japan added their favorite dishes. Brazil is also a country of many indigenous traditions. Five regions, 26 distinct states and a wave of young, innovative chefs with global experience have created one of the most exciting cuisines in the world — vibrant, gutsy and flavorful. Just in time for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympics that follow there, this exciting cookbook by two acclaimed chefs explores the best of Brazilian food and its traditions. Along with three award-winning guest chefs, Castanho and Bianchi selected more than 100 recipes that adventurous cooks will want to try at home, even if they have never been to Brazil.

Rasika Flavors of India by Ashok Bajaj A vibrant and sumptuous cookbook of innovative recipes and reinvented classics of modern Indian cuisine. Using traditional techniques as jumping-off points, Rasika incorporates local, seasonal ingredients to reinterpret dishes from one of the world’s richest and most varied cuisines. Inventive recipes like squash samosas, avocado chaat with banana, eggplant and sweet potato lasagna, and masala chai crème brûlée accompany reimagined classics including chicken tikka masala, grilled mango shrimp, and goat biryani, rounding out Rasika’s menu of beloved dishes and new favorites. With a wide range of vegetarian options and spanning the spectrum from beverages and appetizers to entrees, rices, breads, chutneys, and desserts, Rasika represents the finest of what Indian cuisine has to offer today. Authoritative and elegant even as it incorporates a diversity of flavorful influences, this is the essential cookbook for anyone seeking to cook groundbreaking Indian food. With over 120 recipes and stunning four-color photographs, Rasika showcases the cuisine of one of Washington, DC’s most popular and critically acclaimed restaurants, where visionary restaurateur Ashok Bajaj and James Beard Award–winning chef Vikram Sunderam transform Indian cooking into a fresh, modern dining experience.

Around the World Cookbook by Abigail Johnson Dodge Features more than fifty easy-to-prepare dishes for children that use accessible equipment and ingredients, accompanied by information on indigenous foods, special cooking techniques, and regional specialties.

The Turkish Cookbook by Musa Dagdeviren The definitive cookbook of hearty, healthy Turkish cuisine, from the leading authority on Turkey’s unique food traditions, Musa Dagdeviren, as featured in the Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table. Vibrant, bold, and aromatic, Turkish food – from grilled meats, salads, and gloriously sweet pastries to home-cooking family staples such as dips, pilafs, and stews – is beloved around the world. This is the first book to so thoroughly showcase the diversity of Turkish food, with 550 recipes for the home cook that celebrate Turkey’s remarkable European and Asian culinary heritage – from little-known regional dishes to those that are globally recognized and stand the test of time, be they lamb kofte, chicken kebabs, tahini halva, or pistachio baklava.

French Farmhouse Cookbook by Susan Hermann Loomis

The Pho Cookbook Easy To Adventurous recipes for Vietnam’s Favorite soup and noodles by Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen “Author Andrea Nguyen first tasted pho in Vietnam as a child, sitting at a Saigon street stall with her parents. That experience sparked a lifelong love of the iconic noodle soup, long before it became a cult food item in the United States. Here Andrea dives deep into pho’s lively past, visiting its birthplace and then teaching you how to successfully make it at home. Options range from quick weeknight cheats to impressive weekend feasts with broth and condiments from scratch, as well as other pho rice noodle favorites. Over fifty versatile recipes, including snacks, salads, companion dishes, and vegetarian and gluten-free options, welcome everyone to the pho table. With a thoughtful guide on ingredients and techniques, plus evocative location photography and deep historical knowledge, The Pho Cookbook enables you to make this comforting classic your own.

German Meals at Oma’s Traditional Dishes for the Home Cook by Gerhild Fulson Whip up traditional German meals just like Oma used to make! Gerhild Fulson, founder of the blog Just Like Oma, was born in Germany and learned how to make delicious meals by her mother’s side. After years of perfecting her recipes, Gerhild has created this incredible collection that covers well-known dishes from Berlin to Hamburg–and everywhere in between. Recipes like Sauerkraut and Bratwurst, Beef and Onions, Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Lamb Stew, Potato Dumplings and Corned Beef Hash are just a few of the comforting dishes you can make in no time. With easy-to-follow recipes, beautiful photos and helpful tips throughout, you’ll feel like you’re cooking with Oma right by your side. Whether you’re in the mood for the heartwarming dishes of your childhood or you simply want to try tasty dishes from a new cuisine, Gerhild makes it easy for you to take classic German recipes from her family’s table to yours.

Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver Having grown up in his parents’ gastropub, Jamie Oliver has always had a special place in his heart for British cooking. And in recent years there’s been an exciting revolution in the British food world in general. English chefs, producers, and artisans are retracing old recipes, rediscovering quality ingredients, and focusing on simplicity and quality. Jamie celebrates the best of the old and new (including classic British immigrant food) in his first cookbook focused on England. Here are over 130 great, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from salads—Heavenly Salmon and Epic Roast Chicken; to puddings—Rhubarb and Rice Pudding and Citrus Cheesecake Pots; to Sunday lunch—Guinness Lamb Shanks and Roast Quail Skewers; and, of course, the crumbliest scones. America has already fallen for the new British gastropub cooking, with popular restaurants by chefs such as April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and the John Dory. Now Jamie shows how to make the same delicious food at home.

The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden Presents hundreds of recipes from the different regions of Spain, from Andalusia to Galicia, and provides a guide to the peoples and cultures that develop the different cuisines.

Rachel’s Irish Family Food 120 Classic Recipes from my home to yours by Rachel Allen Shares authentic Irish recipes, including mussels with garlic and bread crumbs, roast duck with potato stuffing, and sweet scones with blueberry jam.

Lavash The Bread that Launched 1,000 meals and other recipes from Armenia by Kate Leahy “This cookbook of 55 recipes reveals how to make the ubiquitous and do-able flatbread lavash, as well as recipes for what to eat with it (soups, stews, dips). With plated food, step-by-step and atmospheric photography that reveal the deliciousness and conviviality of Armenian cuisine, this is the next interesting cuisine to explore for people who love Israeli, other Middle-Eastern, and Mediterranean cooking”

The Best of Russian Cooking by Alexandra Kropotkin This classic cookbook offers so much more than a collection of recipes-it captures the spirit of the Russian people and their cuisine. From zavtrak (breakfast) to uzhin (dinner), Russians love to eat heartily. Originally published in 1947, The Best of Russian Cooking is a treasured classic that combines authentic Russian recipes with culinary tips and invaluable cultural insights. This expanded edition features a concise list of menu terms, sections on Russian table traditions and mealtimes, and a guide to special cooking utensils. A survey of the tastiest Russian cuisine, this book includes 300 recipes for popular dishes such as beef stroganoff and borscht, as well as many lesser-known dishes which are daily fare in Russia-kotleti (meatballs), piroshki (dumplings with meat or vegetables) and tvorojniki (cottage cheese cakes).

Cook Korean a comic book with recipes by Robin Ha “A charming introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics. Playful and instructive, Cook Korean! is the intersection of cookbook and graphic novel in one easy-to-use package dedicated to this increasingly popular Asian cuisine. Illustrator Robin Ha presents colorful, humorous comics that fully illustrate all the steps and ingredients necessary for all 64 recipes in a clear, concise presentation (with no more than 2 pages per recipe on average). Recipes featured include Easy Kimchi (Makkimchi), Spicy Bok Choy (Cheonggyeongche Muchim), and Seaweed Rice Roll (Kimbap), among many other dishes. Each chapter includes personal anecdotes and cultural insights from Ha, providing an intimate entry point for those looking to try their hand at this cuisine. Perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike, Cook Korean! is accessible, fun, and inviting”