Home for the Holidays: 6 Books to Guide You Through the Season

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day brings many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. However, preparing for the holiday season can be a daunting task when you have to make decisions on everything from decorations to drinks to desserts. These books can help you in selecting the best recipes and creating the most sensational party decor. Being home for the holidays just got so much easier!

Whiskey in a Teacup

Whiskey in a Teacup

by Reese Witherspoon

Academy award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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Baking All Year Round

Baking All Year Round

by Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino, award-winning YouTube star, baker, entrepreneur, author, and proud dog mom returns with Baking All Year Round, the highly anticipated follow-up to her New York Times bestseller The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook.Baking All Year Round is filled with creative and delicious recipes for celebrating with friends and family throughout the year. There are eighty-six recipes covering holidays and special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and more. Recipes include sweet treats like Blackberry Cobbler, Donut Cake, Confetti Pancakes, and BBQ Grill Brownie Cupcakes to savory dishes such as Heart Shaped Ravioli, Baseball Pizza, and cheesy garlic Breadstick Bones. Included in this book are several vegan, gluten free, or dairy free options. It’s the perfect cookbook for families to make fun food together and create lasting memories. Whether you’re celebrating at home or going to a party, Rosanna’s innovative ideas are sure to delight and entertain.

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Taste of Home Favorites–25th Anniversary Edition

Taste of Home Favorites–25th Anniversary Edition

by Taste of Home

For 25 years Taste of Home has helped millions of cooks satisfy their families with comforting meals. We’re celebrating that achievement with our greatest collection of family favorites ever—the Taste of Home Favorties–25th Anniversary Edition!Our Test Kitchen pros selected the most-loved recipes, contest winners, highest-rated dishes and all-time classics and set them into this incredible cookbook. From our most-popular weeknight dinners to the ultimate holiday desserts, these 496 recipes have stood the test of time in homes from coast to coast. Plan a hearty meal, impress friends with your baking skills, master the grill, host the ultimate brunch, beat the clock any night of the week—it’s easy to do it all with the Taste of Home Favorites–25th Anniversary Edition Cookbook at your side!  Enjoy our best recipes shared across generations.

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Delicious Dessert Cocktails

Delicious Dessert Cocktails

by Barbara Scott-Goodman

Take a break from your typical cocktail party and have some fun with this delicious collection of recipes that will introduce you to a whole new side of cocktails—a significantly sweeter side.  Delicious Dessert Cocktails features over 70 recipes for traditional, as well as new and inventive libations to savor at the end of a meal. From classic cocktails to sip on after dinner, to fresh and fruity concoctions that serve as dessert and an after-dinner drink, to cups of spiked hot chocolate, toddies, and coffee to savor at the end of a holiday meal, this book will deliver spirited dessert drinks that are decadent, luxurious, and delicious. In addition, there are recipes for light and sumptuous dessert bites such as Lemon Wafers, Chocolate Meringues, Strawberries & Cream, and Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream & Prosecco that are easy, elegant, and fun to serve.

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The Comfort Food Diaries

The Comfort Food Diaries

by Emily Nunn

Searching for a way forward, Emily travels the country, cooking and staying with relatives and friends. Her wonderfully idiosyncratic family comes to life in these pages, all part of the rich Southern story in which past and present are indistinguishable, food is a source of connection and identity, and a good story is often preferred to a not-so-pleasant truth. But truth, pleasant or not, is what Emily Nunn craves, and with it comes an acceptance of the losses she has endured, and a sense of hope for the future. In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit, in the sour tang of Great-Grandmother’s Mean Lemon Cake, Nunn experiences the healing power of comfort food—and offers up dozens of recipes for the wonderful meals that saved her life.

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Crusts

Crusts

by Barbara Elisi Caracciolo

More than 300 recipes from expert and artisan bakers, covering breads, croissants, flatbreads, pizzas, and pies—Foods that demand the perfect crunch!From loaves to pastries, pizza to pie, Crusts covers it all! Between its elegantly designed covers, you’ll discover: 300+ recipes from artisan bakers around the world; gluten-free, Paleo, vegetarian, and vegan recipes; complete how-to sections on making your own dough, bread, and pizzas with easy-to-follow instructions; helpful tips and techniques from expert bakers and chefs; culinary histories behind your favorite loaves and pastries; an illustrated catalog of more than 100 grains from around the world and throughout time…and so much more!  This cookbook is the ultimate resource for every level chef, and is a keystone addition to your cookbook library.

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