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, https://alisoneroman.substack.com/.

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 https://www.onceuponachef.com/.

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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