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Fear not my friends – I’ve got your recipe needs covered!
Need a fancy new recipe to blow your very particular mother-in-laws socks off? How about that niece who just decided to stop eating meat? Or your crazy uncle who will only eat things if they are slathered in cheese or butter?
Check these new cookbooks out – you’ll find something for everyone here!
It is literally the busiest time of year and if your holidays are anything like mine – there is a LOT of FOOD so I thought I’d share five amazing cookbooks with you that have recently published, so you can get them on your lists to prep for Thanksgiving, get ideas together for Christmas dinner, or even for some great gift ideas for the chefs in your life!
Check out these five incredibly cool cookbooks, received as part of the Abrams Dinner Party.
If you want to explore the limits of from-scratch cooking – both easy and complex variations of your favorite foods try:
From Scratch: 10 Meals, 150 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over by Michael Ruhlman (October 15, 2019)
An indispensable new cookbook from James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman
From Scratch looks at 10 favorite meals, including roast chicken, the perfect omelet, and paella—and then, through 175 recipes, explores myriad alternate pathways that the kitchen invites. A delicious lasagna can be ready in about an hour, or you could turn it into a project: try making and adding some homemade sausage. Explore the limits of from-scratch cooking: make your own pasta, grow your own tomatoes, and make your own homemade mozzarella and ricotta. Ruhlman tells you how.
There are easy and more complex versions for most dishes, vegetarian options, side dishes, sub-dishes, and strategies for leftovers. Ruhlman reflects on the ways that cooking from scratch brings people together, how it can calm the nerves and focus the mind, and how it nourishes us, body and soul.
If you are vegan or vegetarian and want approachable and accessible recipes try:
I Can Cook Vegan by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (October 29, 2019)
From Isa Chandra Moskowitz—the bestselling author of Veganomicon—comes a book dedicated to her true love: the home cook.
Isa Moskowitz learned to cook from cookbooks, recipe by recipe. And after a few decades of writing her own cookbooks, she knows what the people want: easy-to-follow instructions and accessible ingredients.
I Can Cook Vegan is for cooks of all stripes:
The Just-Born, Brand New Cook
The Tried-and-True Seasoned Cook Who Is Tofu-Curious
The Busy Weeknight Pantry Cook (this is everyone)
The Farmers’ Market Junkie Who Looks at All the Pretty Colors
The Reluctant Parent to the Vegan Child
For Anyone Doing Vegan for the Animals
For Anyone Doing Vegan for the Health
Each chapter is a building block to becoming a better, more competent cook. The book teaches readers to cook the way someone might learn a new instrument: master a couple of chords, and then start to put them together to form songs.
Each chapter starts with a fresh mission, and readers will cook their way through pastas, salads, sandwiches, bowls, sautés, sheet-pan suppers, and sweets—more than 125 recipes!—until they are ultimately the Best Cook Imaginable.
If you love The Roots! (ha!) and want to curate the ultimate potluck dinner party with an accessible and entertaining cookbook try:
Mixtape Potluck Cookbook by Questlove (October 15, 2019)
What if Questlove threw a dinner party and everyone came?
Questlove is best known for his achievements in the music world, but his interest in food runs a close second. He has hosted a series of renowned Food Salons and conversations with some of America’s most prominent chefs. Now he is turning his hand to creating a cookbook. In Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party, inviting more than fifty chefs, entertainers, and musicians—such as Eric Ripert, Natalie Portman, and Q-Tip—and asking them to bring along their favorite recipes. He also pairs each cook with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy. The result is not only an accessible, entertaining cookbook, but also a collection of Questlove’s diverting musical commentaries as well as an illustration of the fascinating creative relationship between music and food. With Questlove’s unique style of hosting dinner parties and his love of music, food, and entertaining, this book will give readers unexpected insights into the relationship between culture and food.
If you like simple and delicious and just want to throw it all right in the oven try:
Home Made in the Oven: Truly Easy, Comforting Recipes for Baking, Broiling, and Roasting by Yvette van Boven (October 15, 2019)
Filled with more than 80 simple and seasonal recipes for dishes you can make in the oven
Every week, Yvette van Boven develops a new oven recipe for her magazine column. The recipes are seasonal, delicious, and most importantly, really simple, and now, they’re collected in her latest cookbook: Home Made in the Oven.
What is van Boven serving up fresh from her oven this time? How about autumnal stuffed Portobello mushrooms, a freshly baked plum pie, or cabbage rolls with caraway and hazelnuts. Alongside the more than 80 recipes are van Boven’s annotated illustrations and photographs of finished dishes. For van Boven, everything belongs in the oven: vegetables, meat, fish, pizza, stews, and of course, sweets! The recipes are sure to provide you with plenty of tips, tricks, and inspiration for cooking in your oven.
If you want simple, delicious comfort food full of Southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients try:
The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South by Whitney Otawka (October 22, 2019)
A culinary travel fantasy, celebrating the food of the Southeastern coast.
Whitney Otawka is the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore. Cumberland Island and the exceptional local ingredients to be found there are Otawka’s muse, inspiring her to celebrate the beloved food found along the Southeast coast. Offering a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients, the book contains 125 approachable and flavorful recipes, such as summer tomatoes topped with crispy okra, flakey buttermilk biscuits with ginger-spiked jam, and sweet Atlantic shrimp poached with beer, citrus, and bay leaves.
This beautifully photographed book also shows us how to enjoy iconic southern meals, everything from an oyster roast, to a fish fry, to a Low Country boil. The Saltwater Table transports readers to the mysterious, lush Cumberland Island, allowing us to recreate a taste of this vibrant world in our own kitchens.
This post is sponsored by ABRAMS Books as part of the ABRAMS Dinner Party.