10 Spring Cookbooks for Easter Brunch through Mother’s Day Meals

Evelyn lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys birding by the Puget Sound, working on her Fiat 500, and spending time with other people's dogs and children. She recently relocated from New York City, where her work appeared in Time Out New York, Travel + Leisure, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others.

It’s finally spring! Time to gather your loved ones for a traditional holiday celebration, or reconnect with family over daffodils and warming weather. Whether it’s Passover Seder, Easter dinner, or Mother’s Day brunch, go big with fresh vegetables, roasted foods, and seasonal treats. These 10 cookbooks promise to fill in any of the gaps that may remain in your cooking repertoire this season. And if they don’t, hey, there are always mimosas.

Matzo: 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long 

Matzo: 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long 

by Michele Streit Heilbrun and David Kirschner

A cookbook from the preeminent fine Kosher food company, Streit’s, with Jewish recipes for enjoying matzo during the eight days of Passover and all year long.

Matzo and the story of its creation are the centerpiece of both the meals and the observance of Passover; it is eaten in place of bread and other leavened products for the holiday’s eight day duration. Michele (Mikie) Heilbrun is the co-owner of Streit’s, one of the top two matzo companies in the world. Now, she is sharing 35 recipes– both from her family and fresh favorites– for ways to cook with matzo that are so good, readers will want to make them all year round. Dishes like Matzo Granola, Caesar Salad with Matzo Croutons, and Matzo Spanikopita show readers just how delicious and versatile this ingredient can be. With its bright photography and fun package, this book is sure to become an instant seder (and anytime) must-have.

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Year-Round Roasting (Williams-Sonoma)

Year-Round Roasting (Williams-Sonoma)

by The Editors of Williams-Sonoma

A comprehensive collection of recipes for roasting a wide variety of ingredients, from easy weeknight dishes to special occasion masterpieces. Roasting is an easy, endlessly adaptable cooking method that can be applied to a wealth of different raw ingredients. It can also be used for many different occasions—from a quick supper to an elaborate special-occasion roast.

This book offers everything you need to know to roast successfully and more than 100 recipes—meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruits—to practice doing just that. The recipes are appropriate for any season and include ideas for holiday meals throughout the year: leg of lamb for Easter or Passover; savory stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving; standing rib roast or traditional roast goose for Christmas; or pan-roasted filet mignons for a New Year’s Eve fête. Special sections reveal the secrets to success for each ingredient type and offer step-by-step instructions for confusing tasks like carving a roast or breaking down a whole bird.

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The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion

by Chandra Moskowitz

Gone are the days of stressing over how to please family and friends with different dietary needs. Bursting with knock-your-socks-off, mind-bogglingly tasty vegan recipes for Cinnamon Apple Crepes, Cheeseburger Pizza, Biscuits and Gravy, Churro Biscotti, and so much more, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook will make everyone at your table happy-even meat eaters and the gluten challenged.

Isa provides everything you need to get your party started, from finger food and appetizers to casseroles, roasts, and dozens of special sides. Then comes a throng of cakes, cookies, cobblers, loaves, pies, and frozen treats to make you feel like the best dang vegan cook in the world.

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Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion

Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion

by Danielle Walker

When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year.

Featuring a variety of birthday cakes, finger foods to serve at a baby or bridal shower, and re-creations of backyard barbecue standards like peach cobbler and corn bread, Danielle includes all of the classics. There’s a full Thanksgiving spread–complete with turkey and stuffing, creamy green bean casserole, and pies–and menus for Christmas dinner; a New Year’s Eve cocktail party and Easter brunch are covered, along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Recipes can be mixed and matched among the various occasions, and many of the dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking. Stunning full-color photographs of every dish make browsing the pages as delightful as cooking the recipes, and beautiful party images provide approachable and creative entertaining ideas.

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Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss: Recipes for Get-Togethers Throughout the Year

Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss: Recipes for Get-Togethers Throughout the Year

by Buddy Valastro

Buon Anno! Buon Compleanno! Buon Natale! Buon Appetito!

A party just isn’t a party without something wonderful to eat and drink—and an incredible dessert at the center! Make every gathering with your friends and famiglia extra special with these 100 original recipes featuring the Cake Boss’s signature twists on favorite family foods.

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and his tight-knit, fun-loving family get together around food every day, so it’s no surprise they go all out on special occasions with dishes that are traditions in their own right, such as Pepperoni Pizza Puffs at the kids’ birthday bashes, Valastro Family Stuffing on Thanksgiving, and Marinated Seafood Salad every Christmas. From holidays to summer barbeques to bake-a-paloozas designed to brighten those nasty, bad-weather days when kids and grown-ups alike are cooped up inside, Buddy’s celebrations are always punctuated by a special cake, cupcake, or dessert that captures the essence of the occasion with an unforgettable visual and—of course—an incredible taste.

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Sweet! Celebrations

Sweet! Celebrations

by Elise Strachan

The creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction—one of the world’s most widely viewed online baking shows—shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips so you can throw the perfect party. Whether you’re putting together a simple snack or an over-the-top extravaganza, bringing sweets to the office or planning a trick-or-treat to be remembered, Sweet! Celebrations will be your go-to book in the kitchen. Organized around special occasions throughout the year—from Valentine’s Day to Christmas—the book includes Elise’s favorite recipes for a rustic wedding, a game-day celebration, an elegant afternoon tea, a colorful children’s birthday bash, and many more. Get the party started with the centerpiece cake—such as a Jack O’ Lantern Smash Cake or whimsical Tree Stump Cake—and pair it with Elise’s tasty drinks. Her easy, innovative small bakes and “no bake” options are great for filling out your display and giving every get-together that extra “wow” factor. You’ll find beautiful double-page photos of each theme party and step-by-step photographs that make decorating gorgeous cakes easy—even for beginners. Using the same accessible approach that has drawn millions of followers to My Cupcake Addiction, Elise’s cherished recipes for classic cakes, frostings, and toppings will make any novice baker feel like a pro.

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The Side Dish Handbook

The Side Dish Handbook

by Tori Ritchie

The ultimate collection of recipes for the unforgettable side dishes: 40 of the most popular key ingredients for side dishes, how to use them, and the best way to serve them. Sometimes it’s a spin on a classic recipe with an unexpected ingredient that makes it stand apart. Other times, the magic factor is the cooking method.

The Side Dish Handbook, the essential guide to the most popular vegetables and grains side dishes, is both a primer on how to use each ingredient as well as a wealth of inspiration for any meal or occasion. These recipes are designed to serve four to six people for an everyday meal, and several are perfect for the holidays. Your side dish could eclipse your main with recipes like: braised artichokes with mint, creamed corn with chipotle and queso fresco, roasted endive with prosciutto, shortcut polenta with parmesan, golden pilaf with saffron onions, and sweet potato gratin with sage cream.

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations

by Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond—accidental country girl, award-winning blogger, Food Network personality, and #1 New York Times bestselling author—presents The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, a fantastic collection of recipes, photos, and homespun humor to help you celebrate all through the year.

Ree shows you how to ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries, and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of her signature step-by-step photos. Filled with creative and flavorful ideas for intimate dinners, group gatherings, and family meals, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays includes dozens of mouthwatering dishes (with nineteen recipes for Thanksgiving alone!), helping home cooks create a variety of delights.

Whip up a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day; Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr Pepper Cupcakes for The Big Game; Glazed Ham for Easter; Watermelon Sangria for a sizzling Fourth of July cookout; and perfect Popcorn Balls on Halloween. For Christmas, Ree includes special homemade treats, including Caramel Apple Rolls, Christmas Rum Cake, and a selection of smile-inducing cookies, perfect for Christmas deliveries to family and friends.

Enjoy holidays all year ’round…Pioneer Woman style!

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The Art of the Cookie

The Art of the Cookie

by Shelly Kaldunski

There’s more to cookies than initially meets the eye. This revised edition of The Art of the Cookie is jam packed with delicious cookies recipes, which were selected for their visual appeal as much as their flavor, and top tips for cookie decoration. The Art of the Cookie presents over 40 delectable recipes and inspiring decorating ideas. Rather than focusing on the techniques of baking cookies, this book focuses on transforming a simple cookie into a masterpiece.

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