14 Best Cookbooks to Look for This Spring
Stuck in a recipe rut? Here are the best cookbooks to explore right now. (You're going to need a new bookshelf!)
A Basket by the Door
A Basket by the Door ($29) is about fostering community and old-fashioned hospitality. There are chapters with ideas on what to cook for friends or family who are mid-house move, busy with a new baby, celebrating a milestone or need a little love. Plus, every recipe includes information on how to wrap, transport, reheat and serve the dish.
The Prairie Homestead Cookbook
Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, published her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook ($35). The collection includes 100+ of her family’s favorite recipes, along with the tools and tips she has learned from life on the homestead—like how to churn your own butter and feed a family on a budget. Think The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food—all set on the Wyoming prairie.
Icing on the Cake
There’s just one word to describe Icing on the Cake ($30)—gorgeous! This stunning collection from Tessa Huff (author of the crowd-pleasing dessert book, Layered) features jaw-dropping ways to make pies, macarons, tarts and, of course, cake. If you have a sweet tooth, this is one of the best cookbooks for you.
201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever
Call us biased, but we love this new cookbook filled with classic recipes for every home cook. Whether you’re starting a family, living on your own for the first time or craving all the classics in one convenient place, Taste of Home’s 201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever ($18) is a must-have.
Buttermilk & Bourbon
Jason Santos, the celebrity chef and restaurateur, is known for his bold flavors. Buttermilk & Bourbon ($22), which takes its name from Jason’s popular restaurant, showcases recipes inspired by the exciting flavors and culture of New Orleans. Try your hand at Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mac & Cheese or Literally the Best Fried Chicken Wings in the History of Chicken.
The pages of this new cookbook are filled with vibrant, mouth-watering images of Tex-Mex comfort-foods from chef and restaurateur Ford Fry. In the Tex-Mex Cookbook ($30) you’ll find classics like Dirty Breakfast Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Diablo, Sopaipillas with Local Honey and more salsas than you can imagine.
Can’t wait? Here are Tex-Mex recipes bursting with Southwestern flavor that you can try right now.
Vietnamese Food Any Day
Drawing on decades of experience and the cooking tricks her mom used after fleeing from Vietnam to America, award-winning author Andrea Nguyen shows you how to create true Vietnamese flavors at home—fast.
Vietnamese Food Any Day ($25) features recipes for classic staples like Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets, Chile Garlic Chicken Wings and No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream.
Food of the Italian South
This cookbook is a feast for the eyes. Inside Food of the Italian South ($30) you’ll find 85 authentic recipes and stunning photographs that capture the cultural and cooking traditions of the Italian South—from the mountains to the coast.
Mandy Merriman—of the popular blog Baking with Blondie—has packaged up her tips for creating easy, delicious and beautiful cakes in Cake Confidence ($17). Follow step-by-step tutorials, tips for the perfect buttercream and recipes that are guaranteed to bake up beautifully every single time. In the meantime, here are some more easy cake decorating ideas to wow your friends and family.
Love and Lemons Every Day
Enjoy 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day ($35). In this book, Jeanine Donofrio shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Page after page is filled with tasty everyday meals, cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples. Here’s why you should try a plant-based diet.
Double Awesome Chinese Food
With more than 100 recipes that marry traditional Asian ingredients with comforting American classics, Double Awesome Chinese Food ($35) will help you make the Chinese food of your dreams any night of the week. The three Chinese-American siblings behind Boston’s Mei Mei restaurant take the fear out of cooking this complex cuisine, and bring creativity and playfulness to the kitchen.
Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i
Aloha Kitchen ($30), from Maui native and popular food blogger Alana Kysar, is a gorgeous cookbook featuring 85 recipes reflecting the cultures that have influenced local Hawai’i food: Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipino and Western. You’ll learn more about local staples like saimin, loco moco, shave ice and shoyu chicken, plus their history on the islands.
5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food
Jamie Oliver—one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time—is back with a new cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food ($35). This cookbook is all about maximum flavor with minimum fuss. Each of the 130 recipes is created with just five ingredients. Inside, you’ll find recipes for salads, pasta, chicken, fish, vegetables, rice and noodles, beef, pork and lamb, plus a bonus chapter of sweet treats.
Perfect Pan Pizza: Square Pies to Make at Home
This new cookbook had us at “pan pizza.” From bread legend Peter Reinhart, Perfect Pan Pizza ($23) is an ode to everyone’s favorite food. In these pages, you’ll find recipes that are easy to make at home without any special equipment. Learn how to make several types of pizza—like Detroit, focaccia and Sicilian styles—through step-by-step photographs.
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