By SARA NIELSEN
The holiday season is officially upon us! A time when many gather with family and friends to enjoy the company of others and share delicious dishes. This month we’ll explore cookbooks for all your fall and winter occasions.
America’s Test Kitchen puts every recipe through rigorous testing to identify common problems and solutions so you have all the tools you need to (hopefully!) Cook it perfectly the first time. In their “Complete Fall & Winter Cookbook,” they have compiled over 550 recipes, including soups, simple dinners, vegetable dishes, drinks, bread, desserts and more. Find your next holiday staple in this diverse recipe collection!
If low stress simplicity is more your style, you might like “Fix it and Forget it Best Fall Recipes” edited by Hope Comerford. The holidays can be a very busy time of year for many, but with this collection of easy slow cooker recipes, you don’t have to let meal prep overflow your metaphorical plate. Whether it’s a potluck at work, an easy weeknight dinner for the family, or a vacation reunion, this book is for you.
From decadent desserts to savory dishes or sides, pies are among the most versatile additions to your winter table. “The Book on the Pie” is by Erin Jeanne McDowell and strives to teach everything you need to know about baking crisp pies. Step away from the business and perfect the homemade pie crust with an entire chapter dedicated to pasta and crusts. Then learn all about the different toppings, including fruit, custard, chiffon, and savory. Non-bakers, baking beginners, and experienced pastry chefs can improve their skills with this comprehensive and informative tome.
And who doesn’t love a good cookie? Rose Levy Berenbaum, author of “The Baking Bible,” is back with a definitive manual entirely dedicated to perfecting the art of all varieties of cookies. With almost all the cookies you can imagine; “The Cookie Bible” details every detail of cookie making and provides creative tips and tricks for successful baking.
You can request a copy of any of these titles at sdcl.org. If you prefer to read on your smartphone or tablet, simply download the Libby app and use your county library card to access hundreds of cookbooks.
The La Mesa Book Club is in full swing! Call or visit the branch to learn more about the December selection, then join us on Wednesday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. for the discussion.
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