Head into the holiday season with delicious tips and tricks, easy to follow recipes, and inspiring stories from these 13 must-have cookbooks for every kind of chef.

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Cooking for All Skill Levels:

Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten

In her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen.

As America’s most trusted and beloved cookbook author, Ina Garten—the Barefoot Contessa—has taught millions of people how to cook. A home cook at heart, Ina knows that cooking and entertaining can be difficult, so to make her recipes simple and streamlined, she tests and retests each recipe until it’s as straightforward and delicious as possible. In Cook Like a Pro, Ina shares some of her most irresistible recipes and very best “pro tips,” from the secret to making her custardy, slow-cooked Truffled Scrambled Eggs to the key to the crispiest and juiciest Fried Chicken Sandwiches.

For Ina, cooking like a pro also means hosting like a pro, and along with know-how like how to tell when a filet of beef is perfectly cooked, you’ll find dozens of other great ideas to boost your cooking and entertaining skills such as how to set up an elegant home bar. Beginner and advanced cooks alike will love Ina’s delectable recipes, and if you have questions along the way, don’t worry—Ina’s practical cooking advice talks you through every detail, as though she were right there by your side.

Look Inside for Crispy Mustard Chicken & Frisee.


The New Essentials Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Better Cooking by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

Take your cooking skills to the next level while developing a knockout repertoire of 200 essential dishes that satisfy what our modern palates crave, from simple meals to dinner-party center­pieces.

In this book, you’ll find the perfect roast chicken and a killer banana bread but also a Turkish-inspired tomato soup, luscious Chinese braised short ribs, and a set of wholesome grain bowls. A chapter on weeknight dinners offers smart paths to great flavor—from Bucatini with Peas, Kale, and Pancetta that cooks in one pot to a pizza that bakes in a skillet—including plenty of vegetarian options.

Most of us—not just newbies—could stand to bone up on certain culinary basics, and our methods may surprise even more experienced cooks, from seeding fresh chiles (we use a measuring spoon) to hulling strawberries (a plastic straw works well). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what these recipes teach. You’ll discover how to “reverse sear” thick pork chops so they turn out juicy all the way through, grind meat in a food processor for the ultimate burger, and shape fresh corn tortillas without a tortilla press or rolling pin.

Look Inside for Butter Basted Rib-Eye Steak.


Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything (An Official Tasty Cookbook) by Tasty

150 recipes to help you master the cooking basics, hack the pantry, and make everything from vegetarian go-tos to crowd-pleasing snacks to irresistible desserts.

Tasty Ultimate is THE must-have companion for home cooks of all skill levels—whether you’re a sometimes cook or a master meal prepper.

In no time at all, you’ll be poaching like a pro, searing perfectly tender steaks, chopping veggies at warp speed, and frosting cakes better than Betty Crocker. You’ll tackle brand-new recipes as well as all your Tasty faves; think Fried Egg Pizza, Salmon Poke Bowl, Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings, and Molten Lava Brownies. Beyond knockout cheese pulls, slow-cooked stunners, vegetarian go-tos, meals for meat-lovers, and insanely good sweets, discover large-scale showstoppers perfect for hosting Friendsgiving or Super Bowl Sunday.

With Tasty Ultimate in your kitchen, there is no meal—big or small—you can’t conquer.


Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

A collection of 130 easy, flavor-forward recipes from beloved chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors, all simple in at least (and often more than) one way: made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals. Brunch gets a make-over with Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar; Cauliflower, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad refreshes the side-dish rotation; Lamb and Feta Meatballs bring ease to the weeknight table; and every sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied by the spectacular Fig and Thyme Clafoutis. With more than 130 photographs, this is elemental Ottolenghi for everyone.

Look Inside for Hot, Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Cold Yogurt.


Comfort Food:

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussaman

Cravings: Hungry for More takes us further into Chrissy’s kitchen . . . and life. It’s a life of pancakes that remind you of blueberry pie, eating onion dip with your glam squad, banana bread that breaks the internet, and a little something called Pad Thai Carbonara. After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavors, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy’s new edible diary: recipes for quick-as-a-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter, healthier-ish living; and recipes that, well, are gonna put you to bed, holding your belly. And it will have you hungry for more.

Look Inside for Twitter’s (and Uncle Mike’s) Banana Bread.


Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot® by Melissa Clark

With 75 all-new recipes—50 of which can be made in under an hour start to finish—Melissa Clark brings her easy sophistication to comfort food classics for any electric pressure cooker, multicooker, or Instant Pot®.

The electric pressure cooker makes getting meals on the table fast, convenient, and utterly delicious—and with less mess and stress than any other kitchen appliance. In Comfort in An Instant, Melissa Clark elevates the classics with her trademark deep flavors and special spins—without ever sacrificing ease, including:

* Pesto Risotto with Cherry Tomatoes
* Easy Weeknight Chili
* Lemon Chicken With Garlic + Olives
* Chipotle Pork Tacos
* Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

Innovative and practical, Comfort in an Instant sets the gold standard for flavor, quality, and convenience.


Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking:

Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron

Celebrate the gorgeous and delicious possibilities of plant-based southern cuisine.

Inspired by the landscape and flavors of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in southern cooking.

Finding ways to re-create his experiences growing up in the South–making mud pies and admiring the deep pink azaleas–on the plate, Pakron looks to history and nature as his guides to creating the richest food possible. Filled with as many evocative photographs and stories as easy-to-follow recipes, Mississippi Vegan is an ode to the transporting and ethereal beauty of the food and places you love.

Look Inside for Hash Browns, Avocado Kale Salad, and Gumbo Z’Fungi.


Simple Green Meals: 100+ Plant-Powered Recipes to Thrive from the Inside Out by Jen Hansard

Real Food Makes a Real Difference.

As a bestselling author and co-founder of the widely popular website Simple Green Smoothies, Jen knows the impact food can have on your body, your health and your dreams. Before switching to a plant-powered diet, Jen Hansard felt exhausted, stressed-out and frustrated with her body. After a wake-up call from her husband, she set off on a mission to put foods in her body that would allow her to go after the things that mattered most. Through her journey came her mission: to help others “fuel their passion” by embracing delicious plant-powered meals to help them look and feel their best.

Now in Simple Green Meals, she branches out to offer quick, tasty, vegetarian meals for the whole family (even meat-eating husbands).  No more restricting calories or fad diet programs. Her philosophy is simple: Eat more plants . . . however and whenever you can. With tips on meal prep, advice when shopping and 100+ new vegetarian recipes from quinoa corn muffins to veggie enchilada stacks and cauliflower buffalo wings, you’ll gain a new appreciation for fresh, plant-powered meals and what they can do for your body and your mind.


Regional and Ethnic Specialties:

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures by Cynthia Chen McTernan

In A Common Table, Two Red Bowls blogger Cynthia Chen McTernan shares more than 80 Asian-inspired, modern recipes that marry food from her Chinese roots, Southern upbringing, and Korean mother-in-law’s table. The book chronicles Cynthia’s story alongside the recipes she and her family eat every day.

As Cynthia’s life has changed, her cooking has become more diverse. She shares recipes that celebrate both the commonalities and the diversity of cultures: her mother-in-law’s spicy Korean-inspired take on Hawaiian poke, a sticky sesame peanut pie that combines Chinese peanut sesame brittle with the decadence of a Southern pecan pie, and a grilled cheese topped with a crisp fried egg and fiery kimchi. And of course, she shares the basics: how to make soft, pillowy steamed buns, savory pork dumplings, and a simple fried rice that can form the base of any meal. Asian food may have a reputation for having long ingredient lists and complicated instructions, but Cynthia makes it relatable, avoiding hard-to-find ingredients or equipment, and breaking down how to bring Asian flavors home into your own kitchen.

Above all, Cynthia believes that food can bring us together around the same table, no matter where we are from. The message at the heart of A Common Table is that the food we make and eat is rarely the product of one culture or moment, but is richly interwoven—and though some dishes might seem new or different, they are often more alike than they appear.

Look Inside for a Recipe Table of Contents.


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