The list author says: "Looking to spice things up at the dinner table? Want to expand your horizons in the kitchen? Impress your friends at your next dinner party? Look no further! These books are chock-full of recipes and full-color photographs that will have you eager to make something new...and salivating to taste it!"
"In the visually stunning yet practical cookbook Eating Local, author Janet Fletcher and the kitchen experts at Sur La Table not only show you how to use more fresh ingredients in your everyday cooking, they also bring you closer to the family farms where the ingredients are grown and to the idealistic people who grow them."
"More than just a cookbook, Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly takes you into the heart of southern Appalachia with passages about the history, people, and places of the area. Complete with stunning full-color photography of the scenery and food the mountains have to offer, this cookbook is ideal for anyone interested in the culture and cooking of the area."
"Love eating well, but hate paying a lot? Amy McCoyÂ’s cookbook, Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget, features decadent and delectable recipes for foodies with limited budgets, but sophisticated tastes."
"Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto is big and juicy, just like a steak dinner with all the trimmings. It showcases a dazzling array of steak and seafood recipes along with delicious accompaniments ranging from appetizers to desserts. Sophisticated, yet easy to prepare, these dishes will delight readers who love great beef cooked to perfection."
"Spice Dreams: Flavored Ice Creams and Other Frozen Treats taps into the hot new trend of adding herbs and spices to sweets and features full-color photography of these tasty treats sure to delight young and old, sweet tooths, spice fanatics, and food lovers everywhere."
"In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the worldÂ’s largest barbeque organization is sharing its secrets for good food, good company and good times. The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition by Ardie A. Davis, Paul Kirk, and Carolyn Wells comes packed with more than 200 all-new recipes from the societyÂ’s top grillers."
"A beautifully illustrated cookbook, At Our Table offers 125 simple and delicious recipes that emphasize how the experience of gathering for meals can energize us and help us recognize the richness and fullness of our lives. Recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, salads, breads, and desserts are offered along with timeless tips for cooking and kitchen preparation."
"In My New Orleans, Chef John Besh tells the enduring story of preserving the region's rituals and livelihood through raising food well, cooking it with joy, and being mindful of the fragility that swirls around the city many Americans love most. It offers a unique culinary history of the city and its cooking while Chef Besh celebrates the advice that ensures success for the home cook."
"Sur La Table teamed with pastry chef and baking teacher Cindy Mushet to bring you the ultimate guide to baking. Beautiful photographs and more than 250 easy-to-follow recipes are featured. Illustrated asides take you step by step through important techniques. Plus, you'll find invaluable information on over 100 ingredients and 50 baker's tools. A true pleasure for anyone who loves to bake."
"Baking instructor Cindy Mushet and her daughter Bella team up with cookware authority Sur La Table to carefully guide kids through the experience of creating awesome masterpieces in the kitchen. Step-by-step instructions for key steps, inventive variations, and colorful photography complete the book. Baking Kids Love is baking that both kids and adults will love."
"Many parents want their kids to eat fresh, healthy foods, but they want a happy mealtime experience, too. Shannon Seip and Kelly Parthen are here help with Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food. Not just a cookbook, itÂ’s a family guide that promotes healthy eating in a playful way for the whole family to enjoy."
"My Nepenthe weaves together stories and tales about the famous California restaurant perched on the majestic cliffs of Big Sur. It celebrates the magic and history of place through food and the Fassett family who started Nepenthe. My Nepenthe is a story about food, family, and the culture of place, and how it all unfolds around the table and why that matters."
"The Spice Kitchen, a fresh new way to make everyday foods more delicious and to change the task of cooking from a chore into an adventure. The Spice Kitchen offers more than one hundred delicious recipes for using herbs and spices to add vibrant flavors to your food at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any time in between."
"The evocative and beautiful cookbook, Venezia: Food & Dreams, is not your standard cookbook. The stunning photographs are as dynamic as the recipes, which are unique enough to intrigue experienced chefs yet easy enough for beginners to follow. With a turn of the page, everyone can share in Tessa KiroÂ’s sheer love of anything beautiful, anything flavorful, and everything Venetian."
"In Falling Cloudberries, Tessa Kiros takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations with stunning photography, unique illustrations, and a warm dialogue."
"This cookbook includes more than 100 recipes for contemporary dishes ranging from main courses and sides, to soups, breads and desserts. Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook is one of only a few gluten-free cookbooks written and developed by a professional chef. His dishes aren't just delicious, they're also quick and easy, and take living without wheat from endurable to enjoyable."
"Lovina Eicher, celebrated cook and author of The Amish Cook at Home, offers a slow-paced journey through this delicious world of Amish baking in, The Amish CookÂ’s Baking Book. The book is filled with more than 100 recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, breads, brownies, and bars, all made from scratch, using tools and techniques that have been passed down through generations."
"Part almanac, part cultural overview, part culinary calendar, The Amish Cook at Home is the harbinger of a new era in home cooking. Structured around the four seasons, which heavily influence Amish life and cooking, The Amish Cook at Home offers recipes teaming with seasonal vegetables, fruits, and meat are featured alongside Amish history, culture, and lore."
"More than merely a collection of recipes, The Scandinavian Cookbook is a celebration of Scandinavian culture. Following her native tradition, TrinaÂ’s 115 recipes call for generous portions and are meant to be shared with family and friends. Trina Hahnemann brings the New Nordic Movement to your kitchen, focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients and user-friendly cooking methods"
"In Cooking the Cowboy Way, you'll have a ringside seat at the rodeo as Grady Spears wrestles down new recipes from some incredible cowboy cooks and kitchen wranglers. And in the process, you'll be carried away by the magic of starry nights by the campfire and seduced by the heritage of the chuck wagon and ranch kitchens, where the menus are still stoked by the traditions of the Old West."
"Equal parts cookbook, history lesson, and photographic essay, The Texas Cowboy Kitchen blends Grady Spears's distinctive culinary recipes with June Naylor's narrative of life on the Chisholm Trail and Erwin E. Smith's award-winning black-and-white cowboy photography and four-color culinary shots."
"Hungry for something different? Then try America's Best BBQ. Here, two of the world's top barbecue experts present their favorite barbecue recipes from across America. With more than 100 recipes for mouthwatering starters, moist and flavorful meats, classic side dishes, sauces and rubs, and decadent desserts, this book should come with its own wet-nap."
"It's tapas with a Mediterranean and Latin twist. This 224-page treat celebrates food, wine, and entertainment that is the heartbeat of the lively yet completely warm and inviting famous Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Connecticut. The Barcelona Cookbook is robust and gutsy, just like the establishment, and is oozing with good things."
"In Bread Matters, Andrew Whitley exposes the terrible state of modern commercial bread and shares his recipes for making great, nutritious bread at home. Using the skills he has amassed during more than 25 years as a professional bread baker, Whitley clearly explains the process in detailed discussions of the tools, ingredients, methods, and tricks of the breadmaking trade."
"From one of America's premier wineries comes The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook. More than 80 favorite recipes from culinary masters are showcased in this beautiful book. Great chefs from across the country, such as Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Terrance Brennan, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Charlie Trotter, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Patricia Wells, share recipes."
"JasperÂ’s Kitchen Cookbook is a nostalgic collection containing more than 100 of the most enduring and endearing recipes from the beloved family-run JasperÂ’s Italian Restaurant. The five-course cookbook is full of life and flavor, spanning from antipasti (appetizers) to dolci (desserts), and celebrating the Italian tradition of shopping local markets and eating what is in season."
"Despite the diversity seen on modern drink menus, B.R. Guest Restaurants master mixologist Eben Klemm is here to tell us that todayÂ’s cocktails remain but a few ingredients combined by even fewer techniques. In his book The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink, Klemm shows us how to make these drinks at home using basic knowledge and ingredients."
"Tips Cooks Love: Over 500 Tips, Techniques and Shortcuts That Will Make You a Better Cook! by Sur La Table and Rick Rodgers is a pocket-sized guide filled with practical knowledge. The book gives advice, tricks, and tips on hundreds of subjects, ranging from A to Z for easy browsing. Because being a better cook is about knowledge, and Tips Cooks Love is about increasing your culinary IQ."
"A good drink is more than just a thirst-quencher. Like food, drinking is a part of our social fabric. In How to Drink, Victoria Moore explores how and what to drink throughout the seasons and at all times of day. Different from a Â“bartenderÂ’s bibleÂ”, she explains the fundamentals of drinking, from choosing wine to complement food to tips on making what we drink taste better."
"Internationally acclaimed chef and culinary instructor Pamela Sheldon Johns presents 50 festive appetizers and practical party-planning advice on presentation, preparation, decoration, and food safety to inspire many successful gatherings. Also included are 10 themed menus featuring recipes for Middle Eastern mezes, farmers market morsels, Mexican antojitos, vegetarian plates, and more."
"Recipes for "little food" such as after-school snacks, breakfast, soups, and sammies go a long way in Broadhurst's clever Ready, Steady, Spaghetti. Broadhurst makes cooking with kids easy and entertaining. Kids will fill up on fun and food with cool and exciting recipes. She even makes preparing (and eating) vegetables a treat."