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Love cookbooks? So do we. These cookbooks (released in the last 12 months or so) offer something for everyone: busy parents, young chefs-in-training, dinner pie enthusiasts, vegans, those who love ramen, those with a sweet tooth and more.

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American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More

William-Sonoma and American Girl have partnered together to assemble a collection of delicious recipes that celebrate the magic of cooking. Written for kids and designed to inspire, this compilation of mains, sides and snacks includes tried-and-true kid classics and new favorites. Each recipe—from Caprese kebabs and deviled eggs to teriyaki chicken and buttery peas with mint—includes easy-to-follow instructions, helpful tips and color photos. A charming gift for a budding chef, American Girl Cooking encourages creativity in the kitchen.


riceTreat Yourself! How to make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats by Jessica Siskin
Individual apples, a giant pizza, snack-size emoji, and a zebra are all on the menu in this DIY guide to crispy rice treat creations. Imaginative, delicious, Instagram-worthy and perfect for your next BBQ, bake sale, or holiday, these treats will inspire the baker or crafty of any skills set to get creative in the kitchen.

family mealsHungry Fans Game Day Cookbook by Daina Falk
Presents a whopping 165 crowd-pleasing recipes to jazz up your tailgate and score points with any home game-watching guest. Discover fresh takes on classics like Buffalo wings, sliders, and layered dips, alongside delicious dishes inspired by local fan traditions. It features tips on planning menus, packing snacks, and finding top stadium eats, plus fun facts and  team trivia.

family mealsWILL IT SKILLET: 53 Irresistible & Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast Iron Skillet by Daniel Shumski
Easily transferred from stovetop to oven, the beloved cast-iron skillet offers endless options. Each recipe is flavorful and innovative—from a buttery Chicken Potpie to a savory Japanese Okonomiyaki pancake to a sweet and gooey Giant Cinnamon Bun.  There are easy recipes for weeknight meals, sumptuous appetizers and dinner ideas for date night, vegetarian entrees, mouthwatering breakfast dishes, and luscious desserts. Plus detailed information on buying, seasoning, and caring for your cast iron, along with tips on how to develop your own skillet recipes. From the classic to the inventive, this book has it covered.

family mealsTaste of Home 100 Family Meals

Taste of Home seeks to bring families together for a happier and healthier new year by creating a one-stop-shop cookbook where home cooks can easily find meals for the family to eat together. Taste of Home editors have challenged home cooks to bring their families together at least twice a week over a home-cooked meal and share their stories and images on social media using the hashtag #100FamilyMeals. With that in mind, and built on Taste of Home’s user-generated content model, the editors have curated recipes, menus and time-saving tips from thousands of contributors to bring home cooks 100 Family Meals.

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The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook—Deluxe Edition by Matthew Mead

The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook—Deluxe Edition comes complete with 60+ simple, tasty recipes as well as three cookie cutters (a bat, a lightning bolt, and a shield), logo stencils and character cut-outs for awesome food styling. The colorfully presented recipes are fun to prepare and to eat. Step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and fans of all ages will enjoy flipping through finish photos featuring classic DC comics art and action figures. An extensive super hero party section offers dozens of drinks, snacks, and desserts as well as cool, clever serving suggestions. Whether you're preparing an everyday family meal, or a themed party, or packing a lunch box for a picky eater, it's easy to make every dish extra special.

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Simple and Delicious Cookbook
More than 600 pages of recipes and photos make of the biggest cookbook of fast-fix recipes in the Simple & Delicious collection, offering 1,314 easy-to-create recipes for family-pleasing foods, segmented so home cooks can choose recipes that take 30 minutes, 15 minutes and even five minutes to create.


In The Mood For Quick Family Food: Simple, Fast and Delicious Recipes For Every Family by Jo Pratt
A collection of delicious recipes to make your life easier. Includes mini recipes called "Lifesaver or Leftover" which extends the life of each recipe. Short prep and cooking times, along with tips on how to fill your freezer, make this the go-to book for busy families. Recipes include one-pan hot smoked salmon biryani, posh pot noodle, yummy sausage pot, meatballs with olives, chocolate bombs and fudge freezer cookies.


Vegan Bowl Attack! More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power by Jackie Sobon

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these recipes–you just need to love hearty and delicious food. Recipes include peanut butter pretzel oatmeal, biscuit nacho bowl, Tex-Mex potato salad, spicy sushi bowl, s'mores pudding bowl and more. Grab your bowl, your appetite, and get ready to dig in.


Simply Ramen: A Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home by Amy Kimoto-Kahn

Simply Ramen brings homemade ramen to your table with a delicious fusion of 70 recipes, including soup bases, noodles, toppings and sides. Enjoy pork, chicken and beef ramen, or branch out with seafood, vegetarian, spicy soups, and cold ramen. There's even a breakfast version topped with bacon and poached egg. Make soup base in advance for a quick, easy midweek family meal.


Slow Cooker Family Favorites: Classic Meals You'll Want to Share by Maggie Shi

Crowd-pleasing, kid-tested recipes that feed the whole gang with almost no effort. Recipes include dips, warm drinks, side dishes, desserts, pastas and party appetizers. With just one pot to clean, there's more time to spend with family. Includes simple and delicious recipes for pizza dip, easy dinner rolls, white bean and corn chicken chili, chocolate chip cheesecake and more.


Dinner Pies: From Shepherd’s Pies and Pot Pies to Tarts, Turnovers, Quiches, Hand Pies, and More, with 100 Delectable and Foolproof Recipes by Ken Haedrich

100 recipes for two-crust, one-crust and no-crust pies. Updated and perfected versions from the great savory pie traditions, including British, New England Yankee and Southern recipes for classics including cottage pie, shepherd’s pie and a best-ever chicken pot pie. 

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Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven by Molly Gilbert

It’s the one-pot meal reinvented, and what is sure to become every busy cook’s favorite way of getting dinner on the table. Contains more than 120 recipes for complete meals, snacks, brunch and dessert, that require nothing more than a sheet pan and your oven.


Something Sweet: Desserts, Baked Goods, and Treats for Every Occasion by Miriam Pascal

Accessible ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. Detailed "Plan Ahead" instructions and a color photo for every recipe. Baking, holiday and party guides. Close to 100 new recipes plus a number of readers' favorite treats.


Thai Food Made Easy by June Williamson

Stop spending a fortune on takeout and bring the delicious flavors of Thai food into your own kitchen. With a tantalizing variety of curries, pad thai and other favorites, this book takes the mystery out of Thai food preparation so you can enjoy fresh and exotic flavors any day of the week.

Updated: November 2016