"Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat." - Guy Fieri
With so many Thanksgiving festivities on the calendar this month, we're flipping through all of our favorite cookbooks to pull together the perfect menu! We can't wait for slower days ahead, spent with loved ones in the kitchen! Are you brave enough to whip up a new recipe for the holidays this year? If so, you can't go wrong with any of these cookbooks!
ONE. PRETTY SIMPLE COOKING
Named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by both Epicurious and Food & Wine, and best healthy cookbooks by Mind Body Green, Pretty Simple Cooking is the debut cookbook of A Couple Cooks founders Sonja and Alex Overhiser. After getting married, the pair unraveled a “pretty simple” approach to home cooking that kicks the diet in favor of long-term lifestyle changes.
Pretty Simple Cooking is a unique, beautiful healthy cookbook that provides the secrets to cooking up delicious weekly meals! It features a full-color photograph for each one of the 100 vegetarian recipes (including 75 vegan and 90 gluten-free options). - Pretty Simple Cooking
TWO. THE FOOD LAB
Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac & cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)―and use a foolproof method that works every time?
As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more. - The Food Lab
THREE. BONJOUR, Y'ALL!
Elegant and inspired European cuisine with a decidedly Southern twist.
“Bonjour, Y’All,” the slogan for Heidi Vukov’ Croissants Bistro and Bakery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, perfectly encapsulates the popular restaurant’s elegant and delicious pairing of two distinct culinary traditions—European cuisine and Southern home cooking. This book celebrates Croissants’ diversity, featuring dozens of menu delights such as Crab Cakes, Angry Bulls Bay Clams, and Peach Pork Tenderloin, recipes that successfully combine the elegance and finesse of the French palate with the hospitality and warmth of the Southern kitchen. Also included among the more than fifty recipes are Germanand Italian-inspired dishes, summer cocktails, and sumptuous confections such as Black Forest Torte from Croissants’ award-winning European bakery. - Bonjour, Y'all!
FOUR. MASTERING THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING
Winner of the 2013 James Beard Award for American Cooking!
“Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America.” ―Nathalie Dupree
Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South’s fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a soufflé and turning out the perfect biscuit―all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today’s healthy lifestyle. - Mastering The Art of Southern Cooking
FIVE. JON BONNELL'S TEXAS FAVORITES
From Tex-Mex essentials to fiery appetizers, family-style fiestas, and Forth Worth fancy foods, Jon Bonnell shares his best recipes for parties and family gatherings―and don’t forget the ever-popular tailgate party fare and wild fish and game. Wind down the party with a variety of liquor-infused desserts or Sweet Biscuits with Cactus Jelly. What could be more Texan than that?
Chef Jon Bonnell opened Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine in 2001. It is one of the premier restaurants in Texas. He has cooked at the James Beard House and has been featured on NBC’s Today, The Early Show, Nightline, and Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay. He is the author Jon Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and lives in Fort Worth. - Jon Bonnell's Texas Favorites
Give the gift of cooking! Pick up a copy of any of these amazing cookbooks in store for an extra special hostess gift this Thanksgiving!