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By Michelle H.

Everyone knows that Reading is Delicious! Why not try some home-cooked family favorites from around the corner–or around the world?

Cookbooks

The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do by Ayesha Curry

The Full Plate brings the best of Ayesha’s home kitchen straight to you, with 100 recipes that are flexible and flavorful and come together in less than an hour. You’ll find sheet pan dinners and crowd-pleaser pastas, hearty salads and healthy updates to takeout favorites, and fresh spins on classic dishes-plus kid-friendly meals, desserts, and sides (and a few beverages just for the adults).

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: the New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier features 112 brand-new step-by-step recipes that bring fresh, exciting elements into your everyday meals. From super-scrumptious breakfasts, to satisfying soups and sandwiches, to deliciously doable suppers and sides—and, of course, a collection of irresistible sweets you’ll want to make immediately!—these pages will deliver a big list of fabulous new dishes for you to add to your repertoire.

Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 Real-Deal Recipes–Kitchen Tested, Home Approved by Guy Fieri

The Food Network superstar and New York Times bestselling author dishes up flavorful All-American family-friendly meals for weeknights and weekends alike.

Modern Flavors of Arabia: Recipes and Memories from My Middle Eastern Kitchen by Suzanne Husseini

Modern Flavors of Arabia takes you on a culinary journey to the Middle East to explore a food culture that spans centuries. Each of the recipes will surprise and delight you and bring new colors, aromas, and flavors to your table. Join Suzanne as she pays tribute to her mother’s cooking and enjoy her refreshingly new take on the traditional–pilafs fragrant with herbs and spices, crepes speckled with pistachios, and sweetened with rose syrup, scones enhanced with dates, orange, and cardamom. Discover the secrets of perfect falafel, shawarma, and homemade labneh, and try other classic dishes such as kibbeh and fattouche. Recipes are arranged by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert and a whole chapter is dedicated to mezze. Suzanne’s stories and ideas on how to serve each dish accompany the beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow recipes.

Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories by Nigella Lawson

A combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food and the rhythms and rituals of Lawson’s kitchen.

100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake

The creator of the 100 Days of Real Food blog offers simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family’s diet.

My Grandmother’s Chinese Kitchen: 100 Family Recipes and Life Lessons by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

An award-winning food expert collects one hundred recipes learned by the author from her grandmother, in a volume that includes a wealth of options for Chinese holidays and outlines specific cooking techniques, from stir-frying and steaming to braising and stewing.

Daisy: Morning, Noon, and Night: Bringing Your Family Together With Everyday Latin Dishes by Daisy Martinez

Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of the traditional and modern are the hallmarks of Daisy Martinez’s cooking on her Food Network show, Viva Daisy! In this lavish collection of 150 recipes, the can’t-fail dishes Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with the recipes she has picked up during her travels around the Spanish-speaking world, to create a classic cookbook that encompasses the very best of Latin cuisine.

Pull Up a Chair: Recipes From My Family to Yours by Tiffani Thiessen

As host of the Cooking Channel series Dinner at Tiffani’s, Thiessen showcases her classic-with-a-twist recipes and knack for hosting a good time. The recipes in this cookbook are the kind that bring people together, designed for pleasing the pickiest of eaters, feeding a crowd, or pulling off a party in your PJs.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin

Throughout her career, Toni Tipton-Martin has shed new light on the history, breadth, and depth of African American cuisine. She’s introduced us to black cooks, some long forgotten, who established much of what’s considered to be our national cuisine. After all, if Thomas Jefferson introduced French haute cuisine to this country, who do you think actually cooked it?

In Jubilee, Tipton-Martin brings these masters into our kitchens. Through recipes and stories, we cook along with these pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs, to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs. With more than 100 recipes, from classics such as Sweet Potato Biscuits, Seafood Gumbo, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Pecan Pie with Bourbon to lesser-known but even more decadent dishes like Bourbon & Apple Hot Toddies, Spoon Bread, and Baked Ham Glazed with Champagne, Jubilee presents techniques, ingredients, and dishes that show the roots of African American cooking—deeply beautiful, culturally diverse, fit for celebration.

The Family that Cooks Together: 85 Zakarian Family Recipes from Our Table to Yours by Madeline Zakarian

Meet Anna and Madeline, daughters of Chopped‘s Geoffrey Zakarian and terrific cooks in their own right! Here they present the definitive cooking guide for kids who want to create joy in the kitchen and the family table! You don’t have to be a foodie to love good food, and you definitely don’t need to be an adult to make great meals! Anna and Madeline Zakarian have grown up in busy kitchens, and by now they know what’s pretty tasty…and what’s totally delectable! In their cookbook for kids, Anna and Madeline present flavorful, easy-to-make meals and snacks for cooks of all abilities. Everything from savory breakfasts to scrumptious desserts–and all the nibbles in between–are included, along with simple instructions, limited ingredients, and handy tips and tricks for budding chefs. Mouthwatering photographs of every recipe show you how each dish will turn out, as well as snapshots of the girls’ fun- and food-filled days with their family!

Michelle H.

Michelle H.


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