Holiday Magic in the Kitchen

Four of the year’s best new cookbooks give inspiration and tempting recipes for holiday entertaining this season

 

Review by Shana Raley-Lusk

Arts & Culture | Books | November 2013

From the author of Southern Plate comes a true celebration of the comforting family meal. The book juxtaposes the reality of a hectic modern lifestyle with the need to gather as a family around the table and shows readers that it can be done with ease. While many of the book’s recipes are aimed at everyday use for the nightly family meal, they can also easily be used to feed a crowd for holiday entertaining.
  For those looking for the perfect dish to bring to a holiday meal being hosted away from home, Come Home to Supper includes many versatile casserole dishes and variety of cakes and desserts which are sure to please at any get-together. Christy Jordan is a leading expert on Southern cooking and this book showcases her own family’s most loved recipes, all sure to satisfy that ever-present comfort food craving. Her down-home wisdom and unpretentious writing style make it a fun read as well as a great resource for home cooks.

 

Come Home to Supper by Christy Jordan

With the holidays just around the corner, there is no time like the present to prepare for those annual parties and gatherings. For the hostess, that will most assuredly mean creating a menu that has something for every guest to savor. To help make the party planning process a little bit simpler this year, we have compiled a list of the year’s best cookbooks, each offering a unique spin on the classics. With these newly released volumes in hand, crafting the ultimate holiday menu will be easier and more exciting than ever before.

From the author of Southern Plate comes a true celebration of the comforting family meal. The book juxtaposes the reality of a hectic modern lifestyle with the need to gather as a family around the table and shows readers that it can be done with ease. While many of the book’s recipes are aimed at everyday use for the nightly family meal, they can also easily be used to feed a crowd for holiday entertaining.
  For those looking for the perfect dish to bring to a holiday meal being hosted away from home, Come Home to Supper includes many versatile casserole dishes and variety of cakes and desserts which are sure to please at any get-together. Christy Jordan is a leading expert on Southern cooking and this book showcases her own family’s most loved recipes, all sure to satisfy that ever-present comfort food craving. Her down-home wisdom and unpretentious writing style make it a fun read as well as a great resource for home cooks.

 

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings by Nathan Williams

The premise of this simple and beautiful new release by David Tanis is that there is more to food than fuel. The idea behind the book is that good food should always be enjoyable and satisfying. Not only should the meal itself be pleasing, Tanis reminds us, but the journey of creating it should be as well. Full of inspiring recipes sure to please any palate, One Good Dish is an ideal choice for those looking to create a memorable meal for just a few guests. Recipes featured include Spanish Pork Skewers and Figs with Thyme and Honey as well as a wide variety of soups, sweets and cocktails. This book is a perfect choice for those looking to learn some new techniques and reach outside their comfort zone for some delicious new options this entertaining season.

One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal by David Tanis

For those cooks with a sweet tooth and a love of all things chocolate, this large compilation of exciting new chocolate recipes is a sure winner. Hosts of holiday gatherings cannot go wrong with these rich and delicious offerings. Seriously Bitter Sweet features a variety of ways to make chocolate center stage this season, including some much loved favorites such as Chocolate Cheesecake and Chocolate Pecan Pie. In addition, it has some innovative and exciting new ways to use chocolate as well as some tempting candies such as Cold Creamy Truffles. This book shows home cooks how to finish off any gathering with a picture-perfect sweet chocolate treat.

 

Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker’s Guide to Chocolate by Alice Medrich

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