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Cover: 'My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients'

"My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients" by Geoffrey Zakarian, Amy Stevenson, Margaret Zakarian

★★★★ For those of us who cook frequently, we almost always have a stocked pantry. But even if it isn't, pantry items are easy to shop for and keep on hand. This cookbook highlights 50 valued pantry items, from honey to canned chickpeas to some of the most essential spices, and includes beautiful recipes that use them. Everything looks delicious, original, and...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Ultimate Allergy-Free Cookbook'

"The Ultimate Allergy-Free Cookbook" by Judi Zucker, Shari Zucker

★★★★ Allergic or intolerant to milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, soy, or fish, and looking for easy recipes to make? I qualify for 3 of the allergies mentioned in this cookbook, and it was very helpful having a whole cookbook devoted to recipes I can safely have! Although I was disappointed that no photos were included, the amount of recipes and tips included were...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship'

"Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship" by Ashley Rodriguez

★★★★ Full of beautiful photographs and tasty recipes, this cookbook is great for couples looking to add some romance to their relationship through food. The author and her husband have weekly date nights at home, cooking three or four course meals after they put their kids to bed. Some of the recipes might seem rather ambitious (making homemade buns for...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, Confections, and More'

"The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, Confections, and More" by Katrina Bahl

★★★★★ I have loved Biscoff Spread ever since I first saw it next to the peanut butter at the grocery store. I am also an avid baker and confectioner. Now, I have found a book to fuel my addiction to this spread and the cookies from which it originated. The author originally developed the recipes to provide her son, who is allergic to peanut butter, with delicious...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'America's Best Pies 2014-2015'

"America's Best Pies 2014-2015" by Linda Hoskins, American Pie Council

★★★★★ I am someone who will use any excuse to make a pie, and this book provided me with many new recipes and flavor combinations to try. This is an excellent book for both the novice and experienced pie-maker. The recipes range from classic recipes, such as the Lattice-Topped Apple Pie to the more experimental, like the Super Grande Mochachino Pie. There are...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Prune'

"Prune" by Gabrielle Hamilton

★★★★ Foodies, professional chefs, and serious home cooks will love this creative and unique cookbook from the chef and owner of the NYC restaurant Prune. It's presented like a how-to manual for new cooks at Prune, complete with Hamilton's hand-written (and occasionally snarky) notes and tips about preparing Prune's signature dishes. There is even a section about...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics'

"Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics" by Chloe Coscarelli

★★★★★ This is another fantastic vegan cookbook! Countless pasta, soup, and pizza recipes, as well as delicious desserts had me hooked. You no longer have to give up on the idea of alfredo sauce, gelato, biscotti, or any other of your Italian favorites. Coming from an Italian who can't have any more soy, dairy, or egg, (but who's favorite food is authentic gelato...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish'

"Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish" by Betty Rosbottom

★★★★★ If you love one-dish meals, this cookbook is for you. The photography in this book is beautiful and elevates the humble casserole from everyday dining to haute cuisine. I found all of the recipes easy to follow, and the first chapter contains useful tips and tricks for creating the perfect casserole. I have already made several of the recipes, and my...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner'

"But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner" by Kristy Turner

★★★★★ This is a fantastic and entertaining cookbook for anyone looking to begin or add to a vegan (or similar) diet! Not only are the recipes eye-catching, but the author even titles her chapters after common misconceptions against a plant based diet (such as "I could never give up cheese!", "Where would I get my protein?", and "It's all rabbit food.") and then...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul'

"Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul" by Aarti Sequeira

★★★★★ This cookbook is a beautiful celebration of Indian food and the author's past, present, and future. I really loved how personal the stories she included along with the tempting recipes were. She explains the most common ingredients in Indian recipes and how to use them, and her recipes look gorgeous and tasty! This is a must read if you love Indian food....

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Pizza Bible'

"The Pizza Bible" by Tony Gemignani

★★★ Written by the eleven time world pizza champ, this book features recipes for an assortment of pizza types, like deep dish, wood fired, and Sicilian styles, as well as pizzas native to certain areas like New York, Chicago, and more. It even includes "My Ten Commandments of Pizza", such as "thou shalt not rush the rise". Alongside tempting pictures of all the...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Best Mug Cakes Ever'

"Best Mug Cakes Ever" by Monica Sweeney

★★★★★ I thought it was brilliant when a friend e-mailed me a recipe for making cake in a mug a couple of years ago, so when I found this book I was ecstatic! This book is filled with fun recipes that can be used for a quick dessert anytime. They are ready start to finish in about five minutes. There is a little bit of guesswork when you first start out, depending...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die'

"Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die" by Diane Kochilas

★★★★ This was a great, new book to stumble upon! This cookbook focuses on the life and recipes of the small Greek island of Ikaria. Between recipes unique to this area, the author shares stories of the people, culture, and food of this beautiful island, alongside fantastic pictures. This cookbook is a great opportunity to delve into the lives of the locals, and...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Skinny Dinners: 200 Calorie-Smart Recipes that Your Family Will Love'

"Skinny Dinners: 200 Calorie-Smart Recipes that Your Family Will Love" by Better Homes and Gardens

★★★★ Looking for a healthy dinner recipe? This cookbook has a varied collection of healthy and appetizing options. Included are slow cooker, 30 minute, side dish, casserole, and dessert recipes, as well as 5 ingredient recipes for when you need a quick and easy option. They even include your favorite comfort food dishes tweaked to make them better for you, plus...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Chloe's Vegan Desserts'

"Chloe's Vegan Desserts" by Chloe Coscarelli

★★★★★ This is a fantastic vegan resource for desserts! Instead of containing substitutions and harder-to-find ingredients, Chloe relies on science instead of substitutions in order to keep the ingredient list and recipes from getting confusing (or expensive). These are recipes that won't make you feel like you're missing out on anything, whether being vegan was a...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Salad Samurai'

"Salad Samurai" by Terry Hope Romero

★★★★ This is one creative cookbook chock full of innovative ideas for all kinds of salads, dressings, and toppings. Recipes included building very unique pasta and lettuce salads, packed full with a variety of ingredients. All are vegan, but are sure to please those who don't normally eat that way. There are sweet and savory recipes, like 'Overnight Oats with...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Seriously Delish'

"Seriously Delish" by Jessica Merchant

★★★★ This cookbook is truly a celebration of food, with beautiful recipes that are a great mix between delicious healthy recipes and more scrumptious treats. Half of the recipes were actually already vegan (which is great for me!), just because the author favors equal parts healthy with equal parts 'treats', which I appreciated. I also enjoyed the author's...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Make It Ahead'

"Make It Ahead" by Ina Garten

★★★★ Another beautiful Barefoot Contessa cookbook! In this cookbook, Ina includes tips for making every single recipe ahead, even whipped cream and roasted turkey! Ina shows us how we can have easy and elegant food suitable for any occasion. The accompanying photographs of the food and her home are gorgeous, and will make fans envy Ina's life in the Hamptons.

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Swedish Christmas Table'

"The Swedish Christmas Table" by Jens Linder, Johanna Westman

★★★★★ Looking for a unique and quirky Christmas cookbook? Look no further because The Swedish Christmas Table is what you seek. Covering all things Scandinavian, this book is chock-full of recipes from drinks to desserts to candy to feasts! There are so many recipes in this book that it would take a lifetime to make it all! The graphics and pictures are...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Holiday

Cover: 'Scandinavian Christmas'

"Scandinavian Christmas" by Trina Hahnemann

★★★★ Since marrying into a Norwegian family, I have looked for traditional foods to prepare around the holiday season. "Scandinavian Christmas" does a great job of giving basic recipes for the Christmas season while also providing ideas for Advent, Christmas parties, and the popular Smorgasbord. This cookbook is well thought out and presented in easy-to-follow...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: '12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' Stuff'

"12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' Stuff" by Six Sisters

★★★★★ This book is a wonderful addition for anyone who is looking for a new Christmas craft or cookbook! Written by very popular bloggers, Six Sisters' Stuff, you will find all sorts of ideas on how to cook, enjoy, and share your holiday spirit. Not only is the book incredibly informative but also has wonderful pictures and easy to follow directions. It makes...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Holiday

Cover: 'The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook'

"The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook" by Stephanie Pedersen

★★★ I was looking for a great fall cookbook when I picked this one up! What can get any better than pumpkin pie spices and aromas filling the air come autumn? This cookbook is interesting in that it presents recipes and spice blends that are both sweet and savory. There is definitely a wonderful variety of recipes presented in this collection along with at...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World'

"Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

★★★★ Although I haven't tried any of the recipes yet (yet being the key word), I'll be copying at least half of them, and if I love them, I'll be adding this to one of the recipe books I'd love to own. What more do I really need to say besides: this is a book full of vegan cupcakes?  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Cooking Light: Mad Delicious'

"Cooking Light: Mad Delicious" by Keith Schroeder

★★★ If you are looking for new, tasty, and healthy recipes, this is a good cookbook for you. This book does an excellent job of illustrating ways to prep and cook your food that are extremely effective. The author has cooking down to a science showing just how your food is cooking according to how you prepare it. It is neat to see and read! I found myself...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Thug Kitchen'

"Thug Kitchen" by Matt Holloway, Michelle Davis

★★★★ Although I was really thrown off at first by the plethora of swear words in this cookbook, try not to let them dissuade you from this clean-eating, plant-based cookbook. I have Post-It Notes in the double digits for recipes I want to try, and the message this cookbook wants its readers to know is one I 100% believe in: Eat like you mean it. Animal products...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

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