Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Christmas Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. Forks Over Knives: Flavor!: Delicious, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook Every Day
The first four-color Forks Over Knives cookbook: head chef Darshana Thacker offers 150 delicious, all-new, easy-to-prepare whole-food, plant-based recipes for internationally inspired meals. The 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives ignited a revolution, empowering people to live healthier and happier lives. The film revealed the indisputable link between the average American diet—heavy in meat, dairy, and refined foods—and heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. It also showed how, by focusing on a whole-food, plant-based diet, these chronic illnesses could not only be prevented, but sometimes even reversed. Through its meal plans, website, and New York Times bestselling cookbooks, Forks Over Knives has proven that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes isn’t just good for you, it tastes good too. Now, Forks Over Knives shows you how to take your whole-food kitchen to the next level, adding international flair to every meal. Forks Over Knives: Flavor! showcases dozens of recipes—all exclusive to this book—accompanied by eighty gorgeous photographs that capture the flavors of cuisines from around the world, including: Black Bean Chilaquiles with Fire-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Moo Shu Vegetable Wraps with Hoisin Sauce Polenta Pizza with Summer Garden Vegetables Persian Yellow Split Pea and Eggplant Stew Thai Red Curry Noodles with Stir-Fry Vegetables German Marble Cake with Raspberries Sure to please health-conscious eaters and the most discriminating palates, these oil-free, plant-based riffs on culinary favorites teach readers new techniques and introduce them to heady spice blends and a wide range of ethnic traditions from around the globe. Convenient, affordable, and wildly creative, Forks Over Knives: Flavor! is a must-have for the health-conscious cook.
- Author: Darshana
- Publisher: Harper Wave; Illustrated edition (October 30, 2018)
- Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
5. Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated
“Generation after generation, Joy has been a warm, encouraging presence in American kitchens, teaching us to cook with grace and humor. This luminous new edition continues on that important tradition while seamlessly weaving in modern touches, making it all the more indispensable for generations to come.” —Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat “Cooking shouldn’t just be about making a delicious dish—owning the process and enjoying the experience ought to be just as important as the meal itself. The new Joy of Cooking is a reminder that nothing can compare to gathering around the table for a home cooked meal with the people who matter most.” —Joanna Gaines, author of Magnolia Table In the nearly ninety years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of Joy of Cooking in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. This new edition of Joy has been thoroughly revised and expanded by Irma’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott. John and Megan developed more than six hundred new recipes for this edition, tested and tweaked thousands of classic recipes, and updated every section of every chapter to reflect the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks. Their strategy for revising this edition was the same one Irma and Marion employed: Vet, research, and improve Joy ’s coverage of legacy recipes while introducing new dishes, modern cooking techniques, and comprehensive information on ingredients now available at farmers’ markets and grocery stores. You will find tried-and-true favorites like Banana Bread Cockaigne, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Southern Corn Bread—all retested and faithfully improved—as well as new favorites like Chana Masala, Beef Rendang, Megan’s Seeded Olive Oil Granola, and Smoked Pork Shoulder. In addition to a thoroughly modernized vegetable chapter, there are many more vegan and vegetarian recipes, including Caramelized Tamarind Tempeh, Crispy Pan-Fried Tofu, Spicy Chickpea Soup, and Roasted Mushroom Burgers. Joy ’s baking chapters now include gram weights for accuracy, along with a refreshed lineup of baked goods like Cannelés de Bordeaux, Rustic No-Knead Sourdough, Ciabatta, Chocolate-Walnut Babka, and Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza, as well as gluten-free recipes for pizza dough and yeast breads. A new chapter on streamlined cooking explains how to economize time, money, and ingredients and avoid waste. You will learn how to use a diverse array of ingredients, from amaranth to za’atar. New techniques include low-temperature and sous vide cooking, fermentation, and cooking with both traditional and electric pressure cookers. Barbecuing, smoking, and other outdoor cooking methods are covered in even greater detail. This new edition of Joy is the perfect combination of classic recipes, new dishes, and indispensable reference information for today’s home cooks. Whether it is the only cookbook on your shelf or one of many, Joy is and has been the essential and trusted guide for home cooks for almost a century. This new edition continues that legacy.
- Author: Irma S. Rombauer
- Publisher: Scribner (November 12, 2019)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
- ISBN: 978-1501169717
- Dimensions: 8 x 2.2 x 9 inches
6. The Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy
This handsome box set provides hours of enlightening entertainment for those curious about farm life, the natural world, and food. Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Rothman presents Farm Anatomy , Nature Anatomy , and Food Anatomy in a specially designed slipcase with 10 framable prints. Rothman’s popular line drawings offer a whimsical and educational guide to life on a farm, nature’s hidden wonders, and delectable tidbits from kitchens and pantries around the globe.
- Author: Julia Rothman
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Box Pap/Ps edition (November 29, 2016)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
- ISBN: 978-1612128528
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.8 x 9.3 inches
7. Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last
An instant New York Times bestseller From the bestselling author of The Cost of These Dreams The story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family's heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply. As a journalist said of Pappy Van Winkle, "You could call it bourbon, or you could call it a $5,000 bottle of liquified, barrel-aged unobtanium." Julian Van Winkle, the third-generation head of his family's business, is now thought of as something like the Buddha of Bourbon - Booze Yoda, as Wright Thompson calls him. He is swarmed wherever he goes, and people stand in long lines to get him to sign their bottles of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, the whiskey he created to honor his grandfather, the founder of the family concern. A bottle of the 23-year-old Pappy starts at $3000 on the internet. As Julian is the first to say, things have gone completely nuts. Forty years ago, Julian would have laughed in astonishment if you'd told him what lay ahead. He'd just stepped in to try to save the business after his father had died, partly of heartbreak, having been forced to sell the old distillery in a brutal downturn in the market for whiskey. Julian's grandfather had presided over a magical kingdom of craft and connoisseurship, a genteel outfit whose family ethos generated good will throughout Kentucky and far beyond. There's always a certain amount of romance to the marketing of spirits, but Pappy's mission statement captured something real: "We make fine bourbon - at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon." But now the business had hit the wilderness years, and Julian could only hang on for dear life, stubbornly committed to preserving his namesake's legacy or going down with the ship. Then something like a miracle happened: it turned out that hundreds of very special barrels of whiskey from the Van Winkle family distillery had been saved by the multinational conglomerate that bought it. With no idea what they had, they offered to sell it to Julian, who scrambled to beg and borrow the funds. Now he could bottle a whiskey whose taste captured his family's legacy. The result would immediately be hailed as the greatest whiskey in the world - and would soon be the hardest to find. But now, those old barrels were used up, and Julian Van Winkle faced the challenge of his lifetime: how to preserve the taste of Pappy, the taste of his family's heritage, in a new age? The amazing Wright Thompson was invited to be his wingman as he set about to try. The result is an extraordinary testimony to the challenge of living up to your legacy and the rewards that come from knowing and honoring your people and your craft. Wright learned those lessons from Julian as they applied to the honest work of making a great bourbon whiskey in Kentucky, but he couldn't help applying them to his own craft, writing, and his upbringing in Mississippi, as he and his wife contemplated the birth of their first child. May we all be lucky enough to find some of ourselves, as Wright Thompson did, in Julian Van Winkle, and in Pappyland.
- Author: Wright Thompson
- Publisher: Penguin Press (November 10, 2020)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
- ISBN: 978-0735221253
- Dimensions: 5.84 x 0.93 x 8.53 inches
8. On Boards: Simple & Inspiring Recipe Ideas to Share at Every Gathering
BESTSELLING BOARD BOOK: TURN SIMPLE FOODS INTO BEAUTIFUL BOARDS WITH MORE THAN 100 EASY RECIPES AND IDEAS Sharing food on boards is the perfect way to entertain family and friends. With minimum effort and maximum impact you can casually host in style, while focusing on spending time together, rather than being stuck in the kitchen. No cooking skills are required to make these boards (and you!) shine! In On Boards , food stylist Lisa Bolton has put together 50 ideas for instantly approachable boards, all with effortless entertaining in mind, as well as 52 recipes for delectable savory and sweet additions like Beet Hummus, Bourbon Bacon Jam, Mashed Potato Dip and Chocolate Salami. The boards can be pulled together in very little time, and each includes presentation and styling tips to impress your guests. Any assortment of food can be pulled into a beautiful board, so you will be able transform whatever is in your fridge and pantry when unexpected guests arrive! With chapters on Everyday Boards, Holiday & Special Occasion Boards, Seasonal Boards and Around the World Boards, you will find inspiration for every gathering. Whether you are looking for a breakfast or brunch board; a board for Christmas Day, Superbowl Sunday or New Year's Eve; a huge celebration or a cozy date night for two, it is included in this collection of gorgeously curated boards. On Boards is the gift people give again and again--perfect for those who love to entertain, but not the stress that goes with it!
- Author: Lisa Dawn Bolton
- Publisher: Appetite by Random House; Illustrated edition (October 30, 2018)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
- ISBN: 978-0147531148
- Dimensions: 7.91 x 0.71 x 10.9 inches
9. The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook: 550+ Recipes for Warming Dinners, Holiday Roasts, Seasonal Desserts, Breads, Foo d Gifts, and More (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series)
Celebrate the season with this treasure trove of cozy cooking and baking recipes, from soul-warming soups and simple dinners to showstoppers and weekend projects. As the air grows chillier and nights longer, these dishes draw us to the table and the warmth of an active kitchen: Slow-simmered dishes like Cider-Braised Pork Roast, cheesy weeknight pasta like Unstuffed Shells with Butternut Squash, or a crusty bread like Fig and Fennel Bread. When the flavors of summer fade, autumn and winter fruits and vegetables can be just as bold and bountiful. Find recipe inspiration from the season's first ripe figs and plump brussels sprouts to roasty sides featuring celery root, kohlrabi, and kabocha squash, or a cranberry curd tart to brighten a winter's night. Themed chapters showcase all the reasons to love autumn and winter cooking: • Find new celeberation favorites with a chapter of centerpiece dishes like Turkey and Gravy for a Crowd or Swiss Chard Pie to wow your guests. • Picked apples on an autumnal adventure? All Things Apple covers both sweet and savory recipes like French Apple Cake and Celery Root, Fennel, and Apple Chowder to help you use them up. • Create the ultimate party spread with chapters devoted to Appetizers, Festive Drinks, and Brunch: Try fried Korean fried chicken wings, latkes with beet-horseradish applesauce, or Everything Cheese Straws. • Obsessed with pumpkin? So are we! In the Everyone Loves Pumpkin chapter you'll find everything from Creamy Pumpkin-Chai Soup to Rum Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. • Bake to your heart's content with chapters covering breads, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and more. • Give the gift of food with recipes for Rocky Road Bark and Fruits of the Forest Liqueur. America's Test Kitchen's tips and tricks guarantee every meal is a success. Flip to the introduction for menus and entertaining tips. Plus, we've added seasonally themed spreads throughout so you can decorate the perfect holiday cookies or plan a charcuterie board with last-second appetizers.
- Author: America's Test Kitchen
- Publisher: America's Test Kitchen (September 21, 2021)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
- ISBN: 978-1948703840
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 inches
10. The Taste of Country Cooking: The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook
In this classic Southern cookbook, the “first lady of Southern cooking” (NPR) shares the seasonal recipes from a childhood spent in a small farming community settled by freed slaves. She shows us how to recreate these timeless dishes in our own kitchens—using natural ingredients, embracing the seasons, and cultivating community. With a preface by Judith Jones and foreword by Alice Waters. With menus for the four seasons, Miss Lewis (as she was almost universally known) shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, savoring the delights of each special time of year. From the fresh taste of spring—the first wild mushrooms and field greens—to the feasts of summer—garden-ripe vegetables and fresh blackberry cobbler—and from the harvest of fall—baked country ham and roasted newly dug sweet potatoes—to the hearty fare of winter—stews, soups, and baked beans—Lewis sets down these marvelous dishes in loving detail. Here are recipes for Corn Pone and Crispy Biscuits, Sweet Potato Casserole and Hot Buttered Beets, Pan-Braised Spareribs, Chicken with Dumplings, Rhubarb Pie, and Brandied Peaches. Dishes are organized into more than 30 seasonal menus, such as A Late Spring Lunch After Wild-Mushroom Picking, A Midsummer Sunday Breakfast, A Christmas Eve Supper, and an Emancipation Day Dinner. In this seminal work, Edna Lewis shows us precisely how to recover, in our own country or city or suburban kitchens, the taste of the fresh, good, and distinctly American cooking that she grew up with.
- Author: Edna Lewis
- Publisher: Knopf; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2006)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
- ISBN: 978-0307265609
- Dimensions: 9.44 x 6.94 x 1.09 inches