Cookbook recommendations: Let’s get cooking!

Cooking is a universal way to celebrate many upcoming holidays. I’ve compiled a list of ten cookbooks with some of my favorite tried and true recipes from each. Check one out today from our library, and get cooking!

5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

  • Asparagus, Eggs & French Dressing, page 164. This is a deliciously fresh and surprisingly easy to prepare salad.

Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey

  • Chickpeas in a Gingery Tomato Sauce, page 24. These bright and flavor-packed chickpeas can be a side dish, or as a main course with rice.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook by Annie Gray

  • Choose from “upstairs” or “downstairs” recipes depending on your style. For a hearty breakfast, try the Toad-In-The-Hole recipe on page 216.

The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook: 125 Gut-Friendly Recipes to Heal, Strengthen and Nourish the Body by Katherine and Ryan Harvey

  • This book has some excellent breakfast and brunch recipes. Try the Butternut Squash Biscuits and Sausage Gravy on page 84.

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman

  • It’s difficult to pick favorites from this cookbook because there are so many tasty recipes. But a definite go-to is the Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Sour Cream on page 136. You won’t regret it! Sign up for Alison Roman’s weekly newsletter to receive recipes and cooking tips,

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors by Andrea Nguyen

  • The Char Siu Chicken on page 97 is savory but sweet. What I like about this recipe is its’ versatility. Serve it as the main dish, slice it for a bahn mi sandwich, or chop it up and toss it in a soup.

Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook by Kim Pham and Philip Shen

  • Sweet Potato Grits with Vegetable Ragu and Red Pepper Romesco, page 96. This is definitely a vegetarian comfort food.

See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton

  • A great cold-weather favorite for the whole family is the good old-fashioned Spaghetti Bolognese on page 166.

Once Upon a Chef: The Cookbook by Jennifer Segal

  • You can’t go wrong with the Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce on page 132. This recipe produces a perfectly oven-roasted and tender chicken. Bonus: you can use the green sauce as a dip or salad dressing. For even more recipes from Jennifer Segal, visit

Baking at Republique: Masterful Techniques and Recipes by Margarita Manzke

  • What makes this cookbook special is learning about the author and baker’s technique. I learned a great deal about quality ingredients, a different baking approach, and numerous tips for better baking. Try the Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti on page 177. It’s easier than you think!

-Contributed by Allison

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