Cooking & Entertaining

Check out all the new Cookbooks that we’re excited to read and cook from this season!

Chasing the gator : Isaac Toups and the new Cajun cooking by Isaac Toups and Jennifer V. Cole

Cajun country is the last bastion of true American regional cooking, and no one knows it better than Isaac Toups. Toups takes the reader on a tour of the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana, where hunting and fishing trips provide the ingredients for communal gatherings. Along the way, he tells you how to engineer an on-the-fly barbecue pit, stir up a dark roux in only 15 minutes, and apply Cajun ingenuity to just about everything. Full of salty stories, a few tall tales, and more than 100 recipes that double down on flavor, Chasing the Gator shows how–and what it means–to cook Cajun food today.

The cook’s atelier : recipes, techniques, and stories from our French cooking school by Marjorie Taylor &  Kendall Smith Franchini 

The debut cookbook from The Cook’s Atelier— the international culinary destination and cooking school in Burgundy— is a beautifully photographed resource on classic French cuisine and an atmospheric chronicle of a family’s life in a charming French village. Featuring more than 100 market-inspired recipes and 300 exceptional photographs, this comprehensive reference is an extension of their cooking school, providing a refreshingly simple take on French techniques and recipes that every cook should know— basic butchery, essential stocks and sauces, pastry, dessert creams and sauces, and preserving, to name a few. Stories of food and life in the village and the unique atmosphere of the atelier accent this personal cookbook.

Gather and graze : 120 favorite recipes for tasty good times by Stephanie Izard with Rachel Holtzman

In Gather & Graze, Stephanie Izard teaches home cooks how she does it all: her tricks, techniques, and shortcuts to cooking creative, knockout dishes with ease and confidence. Fans who wait months to snag a reservation at one of her restaurants can now have Stephanie right alongside them in their kitchens with 120 home-cook-friendly recipes for making Bánh Mì Burgers; Crumpets with Chorizo-Maple Syrup; Roasted Shishito Peppers with Sesame Miso and Parmesan; and Apple Fritters with Cider Glaze.

Giada’s Italy by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is known for her lighter, healthier takes on classic Italian fare. In her newest cookbook, she invites fans and home cooks to get to know the authentic Italian flavors and stories from her family that have inspired her life’s work. This book is filled with gorgeous photography of Italy, peppered with family stories, and complete with more of Giada’s tips and advice for cooking up fabulous meals with ease.

The immigrant cookbook : recipes that make America great collected and edited by Leyla Moushabeck

More than 42 million people living in the United States came here from other countries. Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. This book offers a culinary celebration of the many ethnic groups that have contributed to America s vibrant food culture.

The kefir cookbook : an ancient healing beverage for modern life, recipes from my family table and around the world by Julie Smolyansky

A full-color, illustrated, and first-of-its-kind cookbook featuring more than 100 inventive, globally inspired recipes to cook and bake with kefir (pronounced keh-FEAR)—the popular probiotic and nutritious superfood, from the daughter of the immigrant couple who first introduced kefir to America. Bringing together treasured family stories of their early days in America and traditional recipes from behind the Iron Curtain with new family favorites, The Kefir Cookbook helps you add a dose of healthy goodness to everything you eat, from soups and dips to marinated meats and baked desserts.

Magnolia table : a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines with Marah Stets

A collection of more than one hundred classic recipes for meals, snacks, desserts, and small plates, including chicken pot pie, asparagus and fontina quiche, overnight French toast, and fried chicken with sticky poppy seed jam.

Once upon a chef: the Cookbook by Jennifer Segal

Jenn Segal, the Once Upon a Chef blogger, applies her tried-and-true chef skills with delicious, fresh, and approachable ingredients for family-friendly meals. With the authority of a professional chef and the practicality of a busy working mom, Jenn teaches you to improve your cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers. Check out this book and enjoy her 100 shared recipes that will up your kitchen game while surprising you with their ease.

Rose’s baking basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum 

In this book of no-fuss recipes everyone should know, trusted baking expert Rose Levy Beranbaum guides you through every recipe for cant-fail results with a streamlined, simplified approach and more than 600 mouthwatering and instructive photos. Whether you’re a baking enthusiast or just want to whip up the occasional treat, you will be able to easily make perfect brownies, banana bread, holiday pies, birthday cakes, homemade bread, and more. Throughout, Rose shares her unique tips and methods for unlocking the secrets to the best flavors and foolproof results, for a treasury of essential recipes you’ll use forever.

Secrets of the southern table: a food lover’s tour of the global South by Virginia Willis 

Recipes and stories of the modern South In Secrets of the Southern Table, award-winning chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis takes you on a tour of today’s South—a region rich in history and cultural diversity. With her signature charm and wit, Virginia shares many well-known Southern recipes like Pimento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie and “Cathead” Biscuits, but also some surprising revelations drawn from the area’s many global influences, like Catfish Tacos with Avocado Crema, Mississippi-Style Char Siu Pork Tenderloin, and Greek Okra and Tomatoes.

Something old, something new: classic recipes revised by Tamar Adler

In her new cookbook, bestselling author Tamar Adler continues her preservative quest by rekindling classic recipes. There were times past when cooking was careful, important, economical, inspired. Other than occasional kitschy throwbacks, however, like Deviled Eggs or Oysters Rockefeller, many dishes that first excited our palates have disappeared. Beneath their fussy garnishes, gratuitous sauces, and outmoded techniques, Adler has unearthed great recipes worth reviving.

VBQ : the ultimate vegan barbecue cookbook : over 80 recipes, seared, skewered, smoking hot! by Nadine Horn & Jörg Mayer

BBQ, make way for VBQ: smoky, succulent, and completely plant–based barbecued fare. Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer have transformed the art of grilling into a veggie lover’s feast—complete with Grilled Box Choy and Peppered Tofu Steak and everything in between. Includes over 80 recipes to satisfy every craving for food that’s fresh and fiery from Eggplant Hot Dogs to Vietnamese Pizza.

Whiskey in a teacup : what growing up in the South taught me about life, love, and baking biscuits by Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery. The Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

For our full list of new Cookbooks, click here to view our collection in the Library Catalog.