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Easing into autumn is a great time to get back into appreciating comfort food and the joy of cooking for friends and loved ones. We have a ton (literally! These are beautiful, heavy books!) of titles to enjoy browsing even if you’re not a cooking person. Bon appetit!
Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family of Friends by Alexandra Shytsman
A guide to hosting a stress-free, festive holiday gathering for family and friends provides menus that blend classic and internationally inspired foods, themed decorating tips, make-ahead suggestions and recommendations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Presents weekly menus and daily recipes for slow cooker meals, as well as special menus for the holidays and other celebrations, with the first recipe each week being a slow cooker meal large enough for leftovers to be used in the next few dinners.
More and more people are making the shift to a vegetable-centric diet. Yet, in a two-person household it can be challenging to find quick, easy, and satisfying recipes to cook up at the end of a busy workday (especially without leftovers). This follow-up to the successful One Pan, Two Plates provides 70 perfectly sized vegetarian entrées—think Butternut Risotto, Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Edamame, and Eggplant Rollatini—all requiring only one pan and one hour or less to prepare. With beverage pairings for each recipe and an "Extra hungry?" feature for heartier appetites, each dish is one that home cooks will make again and again.
The author examines his mother's life as the daughter of a restaurateur and friend to famous chefs, describing how, after she suffered a stroke, he would cook her meals several times a week and learn her kitchen secrets.