As the weather cools down, there are three new cookbooks that can help you create amazing meals for cozy nights at home: Ina Garten's Cook Like a Pro, Linda Miller Nicholson's Pasta, Pretty Please, and Tiffani Thiessen's Pull Up A Chair.
Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks, a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
By Ina Garten
Potter, hardcover, $35.00, available Tuesday, October 23
Cook Like a Pro is Ina Garten's newest instant-classic cookbook, and she shares 85 newly-published recipes that teach home cooks delicious dishes from her latest television series.
Ina's recipes are focused on the techniques, tips, insights, make-ahead guidance, and kitchen efficiency that are needed to achieve success in the kitchen and will make you a better and more intuitive cook.
"Following the recipe exactly is the first step in producing really delicious results," Ina writes. "But that's not the end of it. When I was a kid, I wanted to cook because I was always searching for flavor. In those days, bread meant Wonder Bread and tomatoes came three in a row, side by side in a cello package. They looked identical all year long, and they tasted like the package they came in. My mother didn't particularly love to cook, so while she always put a nice dinner on the table for us, nutrition, not flavor, was her objective. For me, it's all about the flavor. Every time I write a new recipe, I ask myself, 'Is this really delicious?' Is this worth going to the grocery store, buying the ingredients, cooking the dish, and cleaning up afterward? That's a pretty high bar! If you're hungry, you can pick up a pizza or frozen lasagna for dinner almost anywhere, so if you're going to the trouble of actually cooking something, it really has to be worth the effort. Hopefully, when you make the recipes in this book, the answer to that question will always be a heartfelt 'YES!'"
Cook Like a Pro is a treasured collection of recipes that every chef should master, from braised short ribs to the perfectly baked fruit tart.
Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Creative Homemade Noodles
By Linda Miller Nicholson
William Morrow Cookbooks; hardcover, $28.50
Nicholson's new book, Pasta, Pretty Please, will enable home cooks to create dreamy, dazzling pastas in their own kitchens using only all-natural ingredients - flower, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and superfoods - that are truly works of art.
Linda teaches you just how many colors are pastable and what kinds of pigmented vegetables, fruits, and spices can be used to color your pasta, such as mixing turmeric with parsley for just the right shade of chartreuse, or using activated charcoal powder to create black pasta.
Pasta, Pretty Please includes many recipes, techniques, tips, and inspiration. Linda starts with recipes for basic doughs, including standard egg dough and various gnocchi doughs, and works her way up to recipes for dough in many colorful shades.
Linda shows how you can roll out dough, cut and form many pasta shapes, and gives tips for retaining brilliant colors even when cooked.
Linda is a star on social media, known as "the pasta ninja," "that crazy pasta lady," "the Lady Gaga of Food," or the "Willy Wonka of pasta." She currently has over 110,000 Instagram followers, and more than 20,000 fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Look for Linda's regular live show on the Food Network's Facebook page. She is always upbeat and friendly, dressed in colorful outfits, as she makes cooking FUN.
PULL UP A CHAIR: Recipes from My Family to Yours
By Tiffani Thiessen with Rachel Holtzman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paper over board, $30.00
Tiffani is now opening up about her real life as a mom, career woman, and wife in her debut cookbook, Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours,
This is the first cookbook from the acclaimed actress that allows her fans to bring home her classic-with-a-twist recipes and skilled tips for entertaining at home.
Pull Up a Chair features 125 recipes that will bring people together, whether it's Stuffed French Toast or Brady's Favorite Short-Rib Enchiladas to feed the family, Curried Deviled Eggs or Boozy Date Milkshakes for special occasions, or Mom's Cream Cheese Pie since you can't forget dessert.
As a working mom with two young kids and a handful of animals to take care of, Tiffani knows how important it is to get delicious, genuine food on the table to bring everyone together. She knows how to make the most of great food and great company with memorable themed parties, whether it's a Movie Night for the kids on an adults-only All Dressed Up Cocktail Hour.
Highlights of Pull Up a Chair include:
- Entertaining tips: Tiffani created party-planning guides complete with a full menu, decor ideas, and notes on special touches to make everything just right. Choose from ten foolproof fully planned parties.
- Tiffani is known as the queen of planning and checklists, and she includes her party Planning Checklist that helps you start prepping up to seven days before your party, including the day of the event, to help you stay on top of everything for a stress-free party.
- Kid-friendly favorites such as Raspberry Toaster Tarts, picnic-perfect Fried Chicken with Pickle & Potato Salad, Holt's Favorite Baked Mac 'N' Cheese, and Campfire S'Mores with Homemade Marshmallows.
- Pantry staples like Scones with three flavor variations, Homemade Jam in three flavors, and From-Scratch Grilled Pizza Crust with three delicious topping variations, and party-ready Spreads in Jars.
- Tiffani has a delicious collection of cocktail recipes, from an updated brunch favorite, the Bloody Caesar with Maple-Fennel Bacon, then get your cocktail hour started with a Rosemary Greyhound or a refreshing Watermelon-Mint Margarita.