Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Entertaining & Holiday Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year (Williams-Sonoma)
A revised collection of seasonal soups for each day of the year, featuring 100 new recipes and new full-color photography. Soup is often thought of as comfort dish for cold weather, Soup of the Day showcases how diverse soups can be. From light gazpachos to hearty chowders, cream of tomato to chicken noodle, vegetable-lentils to steak and potatoes, there’s something to please every palate throughout the year—and plenty of full-meal soups for easy dinner solutions. New recipes include: Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Pancetta & Gremolata Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup with Maple Bacon Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup with Grilled Naan Mac & Cheese Chili Tofu-Kimchi Stew Mushroom, Leek, Wheat Berries & Shrimp Soup Snow Pea Consommé with Cheese Tortellini Caramelized Leek Soup with Blue Cheese Crumble Lamb & Chickpea Chili with Cumin Crema Carrot-Gruyere Soup with Brown Butter Croutons Asiago-Stout Soup with Caramelized Spicy Pears Ramen with Roasted Pork & Soft Egg in Spicy, Soy Broth Clam & Celery Root Chowder Cream of Black Bean Soup with Roasted Poblanos & Cotija Cheese Provencal Chard Soup with Lardoons Ginger–Galangal Broth with Chili & Chicken Meyer Lemon & Potato Soup Tomato Tarragon Soup with Fennel Croutons Grilled Asparagus & Green Onion Soup with Poached Egg Corn & Spinach Chowder with Avocado The recipes are categorized by month of the year and laid out in an easy-to-follow, calendar format. The monthly calendars highlight the season’s best ingredients to bring you fresh and delicious flavor combinations all year round.
- Author: Kate McMillan
- Publisher: Weldon Owen; Not for Online ed. edition (October 25, 2016)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine
2. Magnolia Table
#1 New York Times Bestseller Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table. Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and friendship than through the art of togetherness, celebrating tradition, and sharing a great meal. Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes—from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts—presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by her love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor. Inside Magnolia Table , you'll find recipes the whole family will enjoy, such as: Chicken Pot Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies Asparagus and Fontina Quiche Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction Peach Caprese Overnight French Toast White Cheddar Bisque Fried Chicken with Sticky Poppy Seed Jam Lemon Pie Mac and Cheese Full of personal stories and beautiful photos, Magnolia Table is an invitation to share a seat at the table with Joanna Gaines and her family.
- Author: Joanna Gaines
- Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Illustrated edition (April 24, 2018)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
- Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
3. Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion
Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards. Visually exciting and deliciously enticing, these snack boards by Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama) move beyond (and include) classic cheese and charcuterie and are comprised of easy-to-find fresh and prepared foods, arranged in beautiful, artful, and whimsical ways (think red, white, and blue snacks shaped into an American flag for celebrating Fourth of July and a fruit-and-veggie rainbow with cracker clouds to brighten any day). The variety of foods on each board will delight everyone, and the stunning presentation will encourage kids to try foods they might normally refuse. Plus, you can make the boards ahead of time, so you can actually sit down and spend time with your loved ones. In this book, you will find boards for anytime family meals and snacks , seasons and holidays , breakfast and brunch , desserts , and entertaining and special occasions . Impress your family and friends with artful masterpieces , including: Build-Your-Own Parfait Board Mimosa Board Summer Fun Board Take Me Out to the Ball Game Board Mediterranean Mezze Board Barbecue Board S’mores Board Build-Your-Own Sundae Board Along with The BakerMama’s tips to get you into the board mind-set , every board is accompanied by a gorgeous, large photo and step-by-step instructions to make each one easy to recreate. Beautiful Boards is an entertaining game changer that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time having fun. Discover even more inspiring food presentation ideas from The BakerMama in her Beautiful Boards follow-up, Spectacular Spreads .
- Author: Maegan Brown
- Publisher: Rock Point (September 24, 2019)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
- ISBN: 978-1631066474
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
4. The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: Everything You Need to Know to Can Meats, Vegetables, Meals in a Jar, and More
The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning is a safe, practical, step-by-step resource to preserve the low-acid foods that you love. From soups and stews, to meals-in-a-jar, to kitchen staples like broths and beans, pressure canning is a time-honored craft that allows you to safely and affordably preserve the food your family loves to eat. Written by The Canning Diva® Diane Devereaux, The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning delivers everything you need to confidently achieve pressure canning perfection. With The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning you will discover the ease of pressure canning, understand the science behind safe food preservation, and enjoy delicious recipes for stocking your kitchen and feeding your family. In the pages of this all-in-one pressure canning roadmap you’ll find: An overview of pressure canning basics that includes guidance for buying a pressure canner and pressure canning fundamentals More than 80 pressure canning recipes for: stocks, broths, soups, and stews; meats including wild game and fish; meals-in-a-jar; tomatoes and vegetables; beans and legumes; and more Pressure canning charts for safely canning vegetables and meats that include quantity, yield, jar size, processing time, and PSI gauge guidance A “First Batches” Chapter that includes two practice recipes for those new to pressure canning With The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning , readers of all skill levels will learn to successfully preserve and serve wholesome, nourishing foods that everyone will enjoy.
- Author: Diane Devereaux - The Canning Diva
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (July 24, 2018)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
- ISBN: 978-1641520904
- Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
5. From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes)
Looking for cookbooks with a little more personality? Welcome to tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen. The first cookbook and recipe book from Tha Dogg, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen . You've seen Snoop Dogg work his culinary magic on VH1's Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, and now Tha Dogg's up in your kitchen...with his first cookbook. Recipe book that delivers 50 recipes straight from Snoop's own collection: Snoop's cookbook features OG soul food cookbook staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. And it don't stop...Snoop's giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. But we gotta keep it G with those favorite munchies too, ya know? From chewy Starbursts to those glorious Frito BBQ Twists, you should have an arsenal of snacks that'll satisfy. And of course, no party is complete without that Gin and Juice and other platinum ways to entertain. If you're a fan of celebrity books and cookbooks such as Bob's Burgers, Magnolia Table Cookbook, Margaritaville cookbook, Thug Kitchen cookbook, or the Gilmore Girls Eat Like a Gilmore; the Doggfather's got you covered - complete with epic stories and behind-the-scenes photos that bring his masterpieces to life.
- Author: Snoop Dogg
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
- ISBN: 978-1452179612
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.95 x 9.3 inches
6. Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook
A Weissman once said… "...can we please stop with the barrage of 2.3 second meals that only need 1 ingredient? I get it…we’re busy. But let’s refocus on the fact that beautifully crafted burgers don't grow on trees." Ironically this sounds a lot like he's trying to convince you to cook, but he's really not. Is this selling the cookbook? The point is that the food in this book is an invitation that speaks for itself. Great cooking does, and should, take time. Now is the time to double down and get your head in the cooking game. Or you know, don't. Maybe get someone else to cook this stuff for you...that works too. How can you know if something is your favorite if 50 to 80 percent of the stuff you've been eating was made by someone else? Butter, condiments, cheese, pickles, patties, and buns. For a superior and potentially even life-changing experience, you can (and should, to be honest) make these from scratch. Create the building blocks necessary to make the greatest meal of your life. While you're at it, give it the Joshua Weissman—or your own—twist. As Joshua would say, “If you don’t like blue cheese, then don’t use blue cheese.” From simple staples to gourmet to deep-fried, you are the master of your own kitchen, and you'll make it all, on your terms. With no regrets, excuses, or apologies, Joshua Weissman will instruct you how with his irreverent humor, a little bit of light razzing, and over 100 perfectly delectable recipes. If you love to host and entertain; if you like a good project; if you crave control of your food; if fast food or the frozen aisle or the super-fast-super-easy cookbook keep letting your tastebuds down; then Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook is your ideal kitchen companion.
- Author: Joshua Weissman
- Publisher: Alpha (September 14, 2021)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
- ISBN: 978-1615649983
- Dimensions: 10.24 x 0.83 x 8.27 inches
7. The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails (Cocktail Book, Bartender Book, Mixology Book, Mixed Drinks Recipe Book)
The Ultimate Bar Book — The bartender's bible James Beard nominee for Best Wine and Spirit Book The cocktail book for your home: The Ultimate Bar Book is an indispensable guide to classic cocktails and new drink recipes. Loaded with essential-to-know topics such as barware, tools, and mixing tips. Classic cocktails and new drinks: As the mistress of mixology, the author Mittie Hellmich has the classics down for the Martini, the Bloody Mary—and the many variations such as the Dirty Martini and the Virgin Mary. And then there are all the creative new elixirs the author brings to the table, like the Tasmanian Twister Cocktail or the Citron Sparkler. Illustrated secrets of classic cocktails and more: Illustrations show precisely what type of glass should be used for each drink. With dozens of recipes for garnishes, rims, infusions, and syrups; punches, gelatin shooters, hot drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages; and let's not forget an essential selection of hangover remedies, The Ultimate Bar Book is nothing short of top-shelf. If you liked PTD Cocktail Book , 12 Bottle Bar and The Joy of Mixology , you'll love The Ultimate Bar Book This makes for a great gift for bartenders and is the ideal addition to any bartender's book collection or for anyone who's looking for books from these categories: Essential Cocktail Books Bartender Recipe Books Drink Mixing Books Alcohol Drink Recipe Books.
- Author: Mittie Hellmich
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Edition (June 23, 2006)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
- ISBN: 978-0811843515
- Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 7 inches
8. Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Have a Very Merry Movie Holiday
The Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY Best Seller ! The official Hallmark Channel Christmas keepsake takes you behind-the-scenes of your favorite feel-good holiday films with the casts' memories, photos, recipes and more. This stunning book invites readers to an exclusive inside look at the making of everyone's favorite holiday classics with secrets from the stars, screenwriters, set designers, costume designers, and directors who create the movie magic. Featuring the network's top leading ladies and gentlemen--Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kristin Chenoweth, Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison, Chris McNally, Danica McKellar, Christina Milian, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jodie Sweetin, Holly Robinson Peete, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, and many others--this ultimate deck-the-halls guide shares their personal holiday recipes, favorite ideas for Christmas decorating and gift giving, as well as ways to savor and share the true meaning of the holidays. Inside you'll find: • 45 recipes for delicious holiday meals, Christmas cookies, desserts, cocktails, and even snacks perfect for serving at your movie marathons, plus recipes from the Hallmark Channel movie stars such as Danica McKellar's Chocolate Yule Log, Chris McNally's Classic Eggnog, and Lacey Chabert's Sweet Potato Pie • A heartfelt foreword from Candace Cameron Bure on her love of the holiday season • An introduction from Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett on how holiday movies offer comfort and warmth • Super-fun quizzes to test your Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie IQ • Special decorating and gift-wrapping ideas and thoughtful ways to express gratitude • Everything you need to host a watch-party including a play-along bingo card and shareable memes • Color photos throughout including captivating images from your favorite holiday romances • Heartwarming tales of rescue animals like the network's Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat It's the must-have gift for your favorite Hallmark Channel movie fan or for anyone who wants to put a little more happily-ever-after into the happiest season of all!
- Author: Caroline McKenzie
- Publisher: Hearst Home (October 20, 2020)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Television
- ISBN: 978-1950785247
- Dimensions: 8.74 x 0.74 x 9.85 inches
9. The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
From Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, the physician behind the trusted and wildly popular website Nutritionfacts.org, and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, comes a beautifully-designed, comprehensive cookbook complete with more than 120 recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages. Dr. Michael Greger’s first traditionally published book, How Not to Die , presented the scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of premature death and disability. Now, The How Not to Die Cookbook puts that science into action. From Superfood Breakfast Bites to Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca to Two-Berry Pie with Pecan-Sunflower Crust, every recipe in The How Not to Die Cookbook offers a delectable, easy-to-prepare, plant-based dish to help anyone eat their way to better health. Rooted in the latest nutrition science, these easy-to-follow, stunningly photographed recipes will appeal to anyone looking to live a longer, healthier life. Featuring Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen―the best ingredients to add years to your life― The How Not to Die Cookbook is destined to become an essential tool in healthy kitchens everywhere.
- Author: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; 1st edition (December 5, 2017)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
- ISBN: 978-1250127761
- Dimensions: 7.88 x 0.92 x 9.59 inches
10. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs (LITTLE, BROWN A)
Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe--it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating "deliciousness" in any dish. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal. Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America's most imaginative chefs, The Flavor Bible is an essential reference for every kitchen. Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and Scholarship
- Author: Karen Page
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.; 1st edition (September 1, 2008)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
- ISBN: 978-0316118408
- Dimensions: 8.05 x 1.55 x 10.45 inches