Cookbooks to Jazz Up Your Holiday Meals

The holidays, gatherings, and meals are on their way. Whether you are a seasoned pro at making food for groups, or you’re just wanting to try it out, there’s no time like the present to learn a new dish or two. We’ve gathered just a few of our available cookbooks in audio format to help you learn to make new recipes. You’ll find some trendy, modern cookbooks, some for your picky guests, and we’ve even thrown in literary cookbooks. You can find them to download on BARD or contact us to add them to your request list. Cheers to your upcoming feasts!


Popular Cookbooks

The following cookbooks are authored by TV stars, blog award winners, and famous chefs. These are sure to add a modern twist to your holiday meals and keep you on trend!

MAGNOLIA TABLE: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES FOR GATHERING by Joanna Gaines (DB 95673)

Joanna Gaines is the co-host of the TV show “Fixer Upper” and now has her own network. Collection of recipes for gatherings of all sizes. Includes a list of pantry staples, tools, and universal conversion chart. Recipes cover breakfast, lunch, soups and salads, appetizers and starters, side dishes, dinner, and desserts. Instructions include a brief introduction, timing, ingredients, and tips for specific preparation methods. 2018.

MODERN COMFORT FOOD: BAREFOOT CONTESSA COOKBOOK (DB 101418)

Collection of recipes by the author of Cook Like a Pro (DB 93340) that are geared to evoke an emotionally satisfying experience. Suggests ingredients which support the experiential nature of the food. Courses include cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables and sides, dessert, and breakfast. Bestseller. 2020.

PIONEER WOMAN COOKS by Ree Drummond (DB 72395) Award-winning blogger (www.ThePioneerWoman.com) relates her transformation from a city girl to a rancher’s wife after meeting and marrying a cowboy she calls Marlboro Man. Provides step-by-step recipes from appetizers to dessert. Includes vignettes of Oklahoma country living. 2009.


Recipes for folks with special diets

Do you have some picky eaters coming over? Have you recently changed your own diet? These cookbooks will help you make the switch while keeping the food delicious.

CONSCIOUS COOK: DELICIOUS MEATLESS RECIPES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT by Tal Ronnen (DB 70667)

Noted vegan chef shares his own and guest chefs’ recipes and dinner-party menus for vegan cuisine. Includes starters, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. Ronnen discusses his favorite “super” foods, myths about veganism, tools and tricks for the kitchen and pantry, and using cashew cream to replace dairy. Bestseller. 2009.

GLUTEN-FREE CHRISTMAS COOKIES by Ellen Brown (DBC 01685)

125 Christmas treats which are made without flour. Includes cookies, brownies, meringues, macaroons and candies like fudge, pralines and truffles.


Literary Cookbooks

Spice up your holiday meal with recipes from favorite authors and recipes based on favorite books. Here are just a few examples.

HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES by Maya Angelou (DB 59469)

Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shares favorite recipes from her southern childhood and penny-pinching days and from her more-recent repertoire of elaborate feasts. Includes anecdotes and stories of dining at home and with her good friends. Bestseller. 2004. Angelou, Maya — Anecdotes.

DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE COOKBOOK by Debbie Macomber (DB 71541)

Recipes inspired by the author’s fictional Cedar Cove series. Provides suggestions for breakfast, lunch, tea, appetizers, and dinner, including character Olivia Griffin’s honey nut granola, Grace Harding’s paninis, Justine Gunderson’s crab salad, Zach and Rosie Cox’s ginger chicken skewers, and Bob and Peggy Beldon’s lasagna Bolognese for a crowd. 2009.

BEVERLY LEWIS AMISH HERITAGE COOKBOOK by Beverly Lewis (DB 64311)

Author of numerous novels on Amish life offers a collection of dishes unique to their community, including many from her maternal grandmother. Recipes include shoofly pie, friendship bread, snickerdoodles, apple betty, corn relish, and bread and butter pickles. Also includes kitchen hints and tips, Amish lore, and favorite scriptures. 2004.

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