The Best Fish Cookbooks of All Time – Updated 2019 (A Must Read!)

Speaking of the best and most seasoned cookbooks, here is a sneak peek to the 5 best fish cookbooks this year. The following choices are informed by your need for healthy fish dishes that are easy and fun to make. These books contain secret recipes to internationally renowned dishes from the best food authors on the continent.

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Best fish cookbooks right now in the world

1. Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish

Have you ever wondered how to prepare any of these: deer, rabbit, turkey, catfish, white bass, and much more? If you have, then Afield is the book for you. Packed with over 80 tantalizing recipes for both fish and game, this cookbook is an essential for every adventurer’s kitchen. This book is ideal for the new hunter or anyone who is looking into trying wild foods. People who have read this book rate it best for the responsible, ethical, sustainable and delicious way in which hunting, butchering and cooking methods have been presented. Made by the award winning author Jesse Griffiths, Afield is every chef’s dream of a cook manual.


  • Variety of recipes to choose from
  • Well organized
  •  Awesome illustrations
  • Extras for hunting and butchering


  • Fewer recipes than its peers 

2. Fish Shellfish: The Definitive Cook's Companion

In this cookbook, James Peterson, a recipient of the James Beard Cookbook of the year award presents amazing essentials of preparing seafood. This includes deep frying, braising, baking, broiling, grilling, curing, marinating, steaming and panfrying. Fish & Shellfish allows you the freedom to try out international seafood flavors as well as coveted salads, mousses, stews, soups and soufflés. The book also comes with an extra Finfish dictionary for your reference. You can use it to learn all about popular fresh and saltwater species.


  •  Extra dictionary for reference
  • Variety of fish cooking methods
  • Extras on shellfish
  •  Good for beginners


  •  Few new recipes

3. Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook

Every fish lover has at least heard of the 100-year-old Pike Place Public Market. This food destination inspired the creation of one of the most sought after seafood recipes. Most of what is contained in the cookbook has been borrowed from the rich Pacific Northwest cuisine. Prepared by an award winning and bestseller author, this book contains more than 50 amazing recipes for shellfish and fish from the numerous experts who prepare sumptuous meals at the Pike Place Public Market. Aside from the graphical presentation of the recipes, this book also shows some cool photos of the sites and people from around the fish market. Some of the wonder-recipes contained in the book are Shellfish Risotto, Classic Romesco, and Balsamic Glazed Salmon.



  • Contains amazing pictures 
  • Well organized
  • Rich with Pacific Northwest cuisine
  • New and hard to find recipes available


  • Too good but only few recipes

4. Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

If you are looking for something more than just fish cooking, then this is the book for you. With this book, you will learn how to choose the best fish for specific dishes and how to prepare them like a real five-star chef. A high profile reader says that it really doesn't matter whether you have cooked before, because this book is friendly to the beginner as it is useful to the experts. It is loaded with recipes of how to prepare up to seventy types of fish that are readily available in most American supermarkets. You will immediately note that everything in this cookbook has been expertly presented in topnotch and elaborate illustrations. Some of the basics in the book include how to store, gut, and cook fish. Whether it is grilling, sautéing, smoking or frying, this book has got you covered. You cannot possibly exhaust the more than 500 variations and recipes available, especially considering that most of them are ready in as little as half an hour. This book is excellent for restaurant chefs.


  • Very many recipes to choose from
  • Contains guide on buying fish
  • Most recipes are easy to follow
  • Quick 30 minute recipes available


  • No pictures for illustration

5. Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential Companion

This amazing book is filled with carefully curated savory recipes. You can choose from the more than 250 available ways to cook fish. There is no way anyone is going to get enough of the expertise with which the contents of this cookbook has been presented. It is written by a renowned three-star seafood chef with years of experience in teaching home chefs, and an award winning writer in culinary wonders. The book presents several fish crockery techniques and all the famed seafood dishes. Recipes contained in the book include classic Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Linguine with Clams, Trout Almondine and modern favorites like Thai Style Mussels, Tuna Burgers with sizzling Ginger. Fish Without A Doubt is the modern cook’s companion in fish cooking.


  • Variety of recipes to choose from
  •  Easy to follow directions
  • No endangered fish presented
  • Includes classic and modern recipes


  • Some recipes are not beginner friendly 

Buying Guide: How To Choose the Best

We understand that it might not be easy to settle on one fish cook book because all seem to be good enough. However, there are a few things that every good fish lover should look for in the ultimate cook book. First, check who the author is. You will always get the best out of the best authors. It is especially recommended to buy from authors who double as fish chefs. Second, go for books that are well illustrated.

Good quality pictures not only make reading easy and fun, you will also get to compare the outcome of your cooking with the chef's. Third, check the price of the cookbook. A good book should be reasonably priced. If it is too cheap, the contents will probably be cheap also. You can also consider other factors like online reviews of the book. Search for the title of the book and see what other people have to say about it.


In summation, though there are many other great cookbooks out there, these five always get the attention of chefs every time. The recipes included in them are mostly only found in five star hotels and restaurants and that is part of the reason why they made it to the top of our choice list. 

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