Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Holiday Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

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

                 

2. Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Have a Very Merry Movie Holiday


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

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 Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook: Bewitchingly Delicious Recipes for Fans of the Halloween Classic


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

Join the Sanderson sisters just in time for Halloween with this spooky and fun unofficial cookbook sure to put a spell on you! Since its debut in 1993, the movie Hocus Pocus has achieved cult-classic fame, with both children and adults as a loyal fanbase. Fans fall in love with the delightful, demonic and diva-esque Sanderson Sisters and the sleepy New England town they torment. Now you can conjure up your own spooky treats and bewitching drinks to celebrate Halloween, whether you’re attending a surprise rave in town, or just spending “a quiet evening at home.” The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook is filled with over 60 recipes for fare inspired by everyone’s favorite witches and their spells, potions, and schemes. It is the ultimate must-have for fans of all ages—but don’t worry, no children were harmed in the test of these recipes. Inside you’ll find frightfully delicious recipes for: Burning Rain of Death Punch William’s Wormy Grave Tombstone Cake Dead Man’s Toes Sausage Appetizers Baked Witch Casserole “Way to Go, Virgin” mocktails And much more!

  • Author: Bridget Thoreson
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
  • ISBN: 978-1646042418
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.47 x 9.25 inches

                 

4. The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

A  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you'll ever want or need. Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you'll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie, to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions. Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it's almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you.

  • Author: Erin Jeanne McDowell
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (November 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0358229285
  • Dimensions: 7.94 x 1.15 x 10 inches

                 

5. The Recipe Book: A Beautiful & Modern Keepsake Recipe Notebook & Organizer to Write in Your Own Recipes - Blank Recipe Book & Cookbook - Removable 4 x 6 Recipe Cards to Share with Friends & Family


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

The Keepsake Recipe Book | by Casey Wiegand and Paper Peony Press There are few things more fulfilling than sharing a delicious meal with the ones that we love. Whether the recipe is a simple pancake batter, or a mouth-watering prime-rib dinner, your family favorites are worth keeping. We created this book with the hope that it would hold generations of family favorites so that it can be passed through many hands. The gold corner protectors and the hardcover will help this book to withstand lots of quality time in the kitchen, and the matte lamination will wipe clean when you have those inevitable spills. Seven gorgeously illustrated tabs help you organize your recipes so that you can easily refer back to them time and time again. The 6""x 9"" size allows for ample space for ingredients, directions and notes on each entry page so that no detail is missed. Beautiful illustrations and quotes by Casey Leigh Weigand make this beautiful book worth displaying in your kitchen, and the handy conversion charts make it a book that you will want to have reference often. The Beautiful Keepsake Recipe Book includes: Hardcover, spiral bound with gold corner protectors 20 tear-out recipe cards for sharing with friends and family Gorgeous lettering with illustrations by Casey Leigh Weigand Practical guides and references related to cooking 175 recipe entry pages About Paper Peony Press Press  We are a boutique publishing company, located in Texas, focused on creating beautiful books with purpose!

  • Author: Casey Wiegand
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (March 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
  • ISBN: 978-1952842290

                 



6. The Great British Baking Show: Love to Bake


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

Love to Bake is The Great British Bake Off 's best collection yet - recipes to remind us that baking is the ultimate expression of thanks, togetherness, celebration and love. Pop round to a friend's with tea and sympathy in the form of Chai Crackle Cookies ; have fun making Paul's Rainbow-coloured Bagels with your family; snuggle up and take comfort in Sticky Pear & Cinnamon Buns or a Pandowdy Swamp Pie ; or liven up a charity cake sale with Mini Lemon & Pistachio Battenbergs or Prue's stunning Raspberry & Salted Caramel Eclairs . Impressive occasion cakes and stunning bakes for gatherings are not forgotten - from a novelty frog birthday cake for a children's party, through a towering croquembouche to wow your guests at the end of dinner, to a gorgeous, but easy-to-make wedding cake that's worthy of any once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Throughout the book, judges' recipes from Paul and Prue will hone your skills, while lifelong favourites from the 2020 bakers offer insight into the journeys that brought the contestants to the Bake Off tent and the reasons why they - like you - love to bake .

  • Author: Paul Hollywood
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0751583052
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.05 x 10.05 inches

                 

7. Forgotten Skills of Cooking: 700 Recipes Showing You Why the Time-honoured Ways Are the Best


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

Winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award 2009. Darina Allen has won many awards such as the World Gourmand Cookbook Award 2018, the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Culinary Sector by Euro-Toques, the UK Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2018 Guaranteed Irish Food Hero Award. 'There's not much this gourmet grande dame doesn't know.' Observer Food Monthly In this sizeable hardback, Darina Allen reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as Dairy, Fish, Bread and Preserving, and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon and making yogurt and butter are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use your home-made produce to its best, and include ideas for using forgotten cuts of meat, baking bread and cakes and even eating food from the wild. The Vegetables and Herbs chapter is stuffed with growing tips to satisfy even those with the smallest garden plot or window box, and there are plenty of suggestions for using gluts of vegetables. You'll even discover how to keep a few chickens in the garden. With over 700 recipes, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cookery skills.

  • Author: Darina Allen
  • Publisher: Octopus Books (November 5, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

8. How to Cook That: Crazy Sweet Creations (Dessert Cookbook)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

How to Cook That Dessert Cookbook: Pastries, Cakes and Sweet Creations “How to Cook That is the most popular Australian cooking channel in all the world, and it’s not hard to see why.” ― PopSugar Amazon Best Cookbook for Month of June 2021 and Editor's pick Best Books of 2021 So Far #1 Best Seller in Chocolate Baking, Confectionary Desserts, Pastry Baking, Garnishing Meals, Holiday Cooking, Main Courses & Side Dishes, Cookies, and Cooking by Ingredient Offering a fun-filled step-by-step dessert cookbook, Ann Reardon teaches you how to create delicious and impressive pastries, cakes and sweet creations. Join food scientist Ann Reardon, host of the award-winning YouTube series How to Cook That , as she explores  Crazy Sweet Creations .  An accomplished pastry chef, Reardon draws millions of baking fans together each week, eager to learn the secrets of her extravagant cakes, chocolates, and eye-popping desserts. Her warmth and sense of fun in the kitchen shines through on every page as she reveals the science behind recreating your own culinary masterpieces. For home cooks and fans who love their desserts, cakes, and ice creams to look amazing and taste even better.  Take your culinary creations to influencer status, you’ll also: Learn to make treats that get the whole family cooking Create baked goods that tap into beloved pop culture trends Impress guests with beautiful desserts Readers of dessert cookbooks like  Mary Berry’s Baking Bible  by Mary Berry,  Cake Confidence  by Mandy Merriman, or  Pastry Love  by Joanne Chang will love  How to Cook That: Crazy Sweet Creations .

  • Author: Ann Reardon
  • Publisher: Mango (June 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1642505788
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches

                 

9. The Pioneer Woman Cooks―A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

#1 New York Times  Bestseller Ree Drummond―accidental country girl, award-winning blogger, Food Network personality, and #1 New York Times bestselling author―presents The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays , a fantastic collection of recipes, photos, and homespun humor to help you celebrate all through the year. Ree shows you how to ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries, and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of her signature step-by-step photos. Filled with creative and flavorful ideas for intimate dinners, group gatherings, and family meals, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays includes dozens of mouthwatering dishes (with nineteen recipes for Thanksgiving alone!), helping home cooks create a variety of delights. Whip up a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day; Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr Pepper Cupcakes for The Big Game; Glazed Ham for Easter; Watermelon Sangria for a sizzling Fourth of July cookout; and perfect Popcorn Balls on Halloween. For Christmas, Ree includes special homemade treats, including Caramel Apple Rolls, Christmas Rum Cake, and a selection of smile-inducing cookies, perfect for Christmas deliveries to family and friends. Enjoy holidays all year ’round...Pioneer Woman style!

  • Author: Ree Drummond
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
  • Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.3 x 10 inches

                 

10. Food Gift Love: More Than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Holiday Cooking - August 2021

From the founder of Eat Boutique, an exciting, inspiring, and beautiful food-gift guide for crafty cooks and food-DIY fans. In Food Gift Love , Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning photography. There are countless ways to share the pleasures of food with people you care about—from simple homemade infused salts and sugars to instant-gratification gifts like fresh ricotta and flavored butters; from jams, pickles, and vinaigrettes to irresistible cookies, desserts, savories, and spirits that will impress fellow food fans. There’s helpful information for creating your own Food Gift Love pantry at home as well as creative guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style. This book will inspire cooks, food-lovers, and DIY fans to be year-round food gifters. “As warm and gracious as Maggie herself,  Food Gift Love  is   the  handbook for anyone looking for unique and delicious ways to welcome a new neighbor, comfort a freshly minted mama, or simply tell a friend that you care.”—Marisa McClellan, author of  Preserving by the Pint  and  Food in Jars “Showcasing edible homemade gifts such as Roasted Banana Bread, Bourbon-Vanilla Cherries, and Jam-Swirled Marshmallows,  Food Gift Love  reaches far beyond what many of us typically think of when we hear the words ‘homemade gift.’”—Megan Gordon, owner, Marge Granola, and author of  Whole-Grain Mornings “A tasty collection of sweet treats and delicious bites that make perfect gifts.”—David Lebovitz, author of  My Paris Kitchen

  • Author: Maggie Battista
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2015)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine