Cookbooks to put on your Christmas list

There are several new cookbooks that just might be a great item for someone on your Christmas list!

First from famed British chef is “Jamie Oliver Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy.”

With more than 120 recipes that are easy to follow and plenty of art, this collection has great dishes for all of the family, and also includes vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes as well.

Oliver, with a 20-year career in television and publishing, has introduced many dishes to home cooks and has lead the charge in global food revolution, aiming to reduce childhood obesity and improve healthy eating. He also has recipes and videos on his website, jamieoliver.com, on YouTube and Instagram, as well as 24 published cookbooks.

This time, this book is centered around menus for sharing a meal with friends or family. Menus included are Brunch Party, Laid-Back Feast, Curry Night, Taco Party, Sunny Gathering, Last-Minute Feast, Steak Night, Fun Family Meal, Summery Feast, Garden Lunch, Colorful Comfort, Picnic Love, Elegant Simplicity, Harvest Festival, Table for Two, Autumnal Fare, Cozy Indulgence, Celebration Roast and also ends things with a chapter on drinks: The Wonder of Cocktails.

So get your friends together or just surprise the family with a fun dinner party with the recipes in this book. This cookbook could inspire you to hold your own dinner party. Or, if you have a friend or family member who is a Jamie Oliver fan, this is a great new twist on his cookbooks.

“Jamie Oliver Together” is published by Flatiron Books. It is $35.


A new way of doing cookbooks and introducing home cooking in general is laid out in “Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (and Love My Microwave)” by David Chang and Pirya Krishna.

The founder of Momofuku, Chang, and food writer Krishna, have laid out the smartest, least meticulous way of cooking, bringing all of the shortcuts and bringing on the improvisation, teaching home cooks how to think like a chef.

With brightly colored pages, large white text and very visual photos/art, this book aims to teach everyone to cook — the principles behind dishes and what makes them work. Science is involved!

The book walks readers through how to cook all of the meat, how to cook most things in the microwave to save time, the five methods to cook vegetables and even the least-intimidating way to make bread.

For anyone in your life who wants to learn to cook, this would be a great holiday present. Everyone can follow along the instructions and there’s nothing super intimidating inside — that’s the whole point!

“Cooking at Home” is published by Clarkston Potter. It is $35.

Amy Phelps can be reached at at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.


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