5 Cookbooks for the Season of Food

We all have food traditions, ingrained in our memories alongside the faces of loved ones who joined in their inception or repetition - a taste signifies a season, a scent evokes a sentiment, a flavor recalls a family member.

That’s why we’ve assembled a list of recently published cookbooks, from which you can draw inspiration for new food memories or elevate pre-existing menus this holiday season.

From your friends at Main Street Books, happy holidays and happy cooking!

Potluck by the editors of Food & Wine

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Featuring more than 150 contemporary dishes for your next potluck, this cookbook delivers inspired and innovative recipes for the way we cook and entertain today. These elegant recipes, shared by a selection of celebrated chefs including David Lebovitz, Ina Garten, Molly Yeh, Hugh Acheson, and Donald Link or created by the F&W Test Kitchen, feature fresh ingredients and bold flavors like Rosemary Chicken with Corn and Sausage Fricassee and Jalapeno-Pickled Shrimp and Vegetables. You'll also find plenty of upgrades to potluck classics and recipes that are gluten-free and vegetarian to help you set an inclusive spread. This book also includes make-ahead tips, potluck party strategies, and a potluck-friendly wine parings guide.

Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski

At Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski and her band of sister bakers are helping make Detroit sweeter one slice at a time from a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side. No one leaves without a slice—those who don’t have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the “pie it forward” clothesline strung across the window. With 75 of her most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies—such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie—and other bakeshop favorites, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski’s charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won’t be able to resist this book.

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining by Cook’s Illustrated

Celebrations call for meals that impress.

With thousands of meticulously tested recipes, Cook’s Illustrated knows well the value of a guaranteed perfect outcome.

In this definitive collection, they have gathered the absolute best dishes for making your next celebration memorable, stress-free, and, above all, delicious.

The Best of Thanksgiving by Williams-Sonoma

With an abundant and diverse collection of over 80 recipes, The Best of Thanksgiving is the solution to creating a delicious and welcoming meal with ease. With vegetarian, gluten-free and adults-only and kid-friendly dishes there’s something for everyone in this tome to holiday. Special additional sections include: leftovers, menus, wine pairings, turkey know-how, and basic recipes. Helpful tips-for staying organized; selecting, preparing and carving the turkey; and putting together a menu, complete with a timeline and beverages-round out the pages of this beautifully photographed book.

The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer

For kosher bakers, this book is nothing short of a revolution! It offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holiday baking that includes both contemporary and traditional recipes, more than 45 of which have been skillfully adapted for Passover.

This comprehensive collection of delicious, fail-proof baked goods is an absolute must-have. Even less-observant Jews will enjoy celebrating the holidays with these innovative and delectable desserts, including an exquisite Raspberry and Rose Macaron Cake-plus dozens of low-sugar, gluten-free, and nut-free treats to enjoy all year.