20 New Cookbooks to Put on Your Holiday Wishlist
Have you started making your holiday wishlist (or shopping list) yet? These new cookbooks—all 2019 releases—deserve a spot on these lists and your bookshelf at home.
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The Taste of Home Cookbook
Consider The Taste of Home Cookbook ($21) your go-to resource in the kitchen. The fifth edition of our most popular cookbook is packed full of more than a thousand recipes. You’ll find details on how to make easy weeknight meals, simple desserts and even how to plan fine and fancy holiday bash. It’s everything you love about Taste of Home cooking and tips all in one place.
The 3-Ingredient Baking Book
We love a good dessert recipe with a short ingredient list. The 3-Ingredient Baking Book ($25) is full of simple recipes that can be made with just a handful of fresh ingredients like tarts, pastries and even ice cream.
Half Baked Harvest Super Simple
Blogger Tieghan Gerard has made a name for herself with beautiful and simple recipes that any home cook can master. Her latest cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple ($21), includes even more of these elegantly easy recipes, many with one-pot cooking and meal-prep in mind.
New York Christmas Baking
You might want to snag this one before the holidays. New York Christmas Baking ($27) captures the spirit of the Christmas season with recipes for cookies, bread, pies and breakfast.
This new cookbook from New York Times columnist Allison Roman is perfect for people who love to host casual get-togethers. Nothing Fancy ($20) is all about unfussy food, embracing imperfection and entertaining the ones you love.
Who knows pasta and Italian food better than Nonna? Pasta Grannies ($21) sources recipes from real Italian grandmothers. Each dish is homey, authentic and sure to please. This cookbook is a must for Italian food-lovers and folks looking to start making their own pasta from scratch—the way Grandma would do it.
Binging with Babish
Andrew Rea made a name for himself on YouTube recreating recipes for TV shows, movies and more. Now you can recreate those dishes (which Andrew has perfected online) with his new cookbook Binging with Babish ($18). This cookbook is perfect for pop culture aficionados.
From the Oven to Table
Diana Henry, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph award-winning food writer, just released this homey cookbook. Every recipe in From the Oven to the Table ($27) a one-pan or one-pot dish designed to be prepped and left to bake in the oven. As the cover says, these are “simple dishes designed to look after themselves.” How wonderful does that sound? This gift might end up on your wish list but it’d be a great gift for just about anyone you’re shopping for.
The surest way to upgrade your everyday cooking is by adding the right types and amounts of spice. Let Mastering Spice ($25) be your guide. Author and chef Lior Lev Sercarz illustrates how the right spice blend can take simple recipes like chicken soup or even brownies to a whole new stratosphere of flavor.
Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland
Midwestern bakes are some of our favorites (just look at these recipes). Midwest Made ($27) embraces everything we love about Midwest-style baking: comforting flavors, homey touches and home-grown ingredients. This book is a must for anyone living in or from America’s heartland.
Antoni in the Kitchen
Everyone’s favorite Queer Eye foodie released his first cookbook this year. Antoni in the Kitchen ($18) gives Antoni a chance to show off his love for delicious yet simple cuisine as well as some of his favorite recipes from around the world, including a few that tap into his Polish roots.
Michael Ruhlman, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, is back with From Scratch ($35). This book focuses on ten different meals and then breaks the down into many variations depending on how deep you want to go into the world of scratch cooking. It’s an interesting look at all the pathways you can take from a simple lasagna that takes an hour in the oven to a lasagna made with fresh pasta, homemade sauce and herbs harvested from the garden.
This 2019 release details how to work with 29 different vegetables and provides recipes that allow you to make the most of each. Ruffage ($21) is essential for gardeners looking to make the most of their harvest as well as vegetarians and folks looking to add a few more Meatless Mondays into their schedule.
If you feel confident in the kitchen and want to take your baking to the next level, put Pastry Love ($28) on your holiday wishlist. Pastry chef and author Joanne Change details all the fundamentals of pastry and illustrates their execution perfectly with simple recipes like lemon cookies and masterpieces like a layered crepe cake. You can check out our favorite crepe cake recipe here.
Author and food editor Toni Tipton-Martin takes a deep dive into the rich history of African-American cooking with Jubilee ($32). In her latest book, she goes beyond sould food, illustrating how black cuisine combines influences from around the world. Check out dishes adapted from historical texts as well as recipes from modern-day culinary stars.
Baking with Kim-Joy
Kim-Joy made a name for herself on The Great British Baking Show for creating whimsical and delicious treats that delighted the judges. Now you can take some inspiration from this quirky baker with Baking with Kim-Joy ($18)
Rachael Ray 50
This year Rachael Ray celebrates her 50th birthday and nearly 20 years on television. Rachael Ray 50 ($20) celebrates these accomplishments and combines essays and recipes that celebrate her roots and rise to fame. This one is a must for any Rachael fan or home cooks looking for those easy, delicious meals that are her trademark.
Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking
Explore Korea through Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking ($25). This 2019 release details how to make favorites like Korean barbecue, bulgogi and bibimbap. We recommend adding this one to your list if you’re looking to make your favorite Korean restaurant dishes at home or if you’re looking to branch out with your cooking.
Mary Berry Quick Cooking
Everyone’s favorite Great British Baking Show judge is so much more than a baker (though she does have some really handy baking tips). Mary Berry is also a home cooking expert. Branch out with Mary Berry Quick Cooking ($29), her new cookbook full of 20- and 30-minute meals.