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Features 1 minute 12 November 2017

Books For Cooks: 5 New Cookbooks You’ll Actually Cook From

Not just for your coffee table: these new releases from these celebrity chefs and food blogs are all for easy everyday meals.

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This fall brings with it a crop of new releases to update your bookshelves. We’ve narrowed it down to five must-haves that would be just as comfortable sitting pretty on your coffee table as they would on the kitchen counter.

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Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard

Check out the blog Half Baked Harvest and fall in love with Tieghan Gerard’s charming life in the mountains through her creative takes on home cooking and stunning photography. Her first cookbook encapsulates all of that: dress up the cheese board with a real honey comb; decorate a standard salad with spicy, crispy sweet potato fries; serve stir-fry over forbidden black rice; give French onion soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread.

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At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson

The kitchen goddess is back with a new book that celebrates the kind of food she loves to cook for friends and family, both comforting and inspirational. She’s reworked a recipe for chicken fricassee from her grandmother’s chicken with Marsala and chestnuts, included step-by-steps for meatballs with orzo and apple pork chops with sauerkraut slaw, as well as something she’s named emergency brownies—we’ll take one, please.

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Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot by Melissa Clark

Inspired by her New York Times article that went viral, Melissa Clark’s new cookbook showcases her signature flavor-forward recipes adapted to your favorite countertop appliance—be it the stove-top pressure cooker, slow cooker or multi-cooker. (It might even make you run out and buy the Instant Pot that took homecooks by storm earlier this year.) From the likes of Japanese beef curry and osso bucco, to smoky lentils, these are recipes that usually benefit from low and slow cooking times, but Clark makes possible to whip up easily on busy weeknights. 

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

We’ve always been smitten by the Smitten Kitchen blog and Deb Perelman’s new cookbook is written with the same warmth and candor that we love. This approachable home cook writes real recipes for real people, and this tome contains more than 100, including grandma-style chicken soup, beefsteak skirt salad and—wait for it—sticky toffee waffles. (Yes, dessert that you can eat for breakfast.) 

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5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

The title says it all: Every recipe in Jamie Oliver’s new book uses just five key ingredients—give or take some seasoning that you likely already have in the pantry—so you can make a quick trip to the supermarket after work and still have time to whip up a beautiful, fuss-free meal. In it, you’ll find a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, quick-reference nutritional information and a short, easy-to-follow method. Think roast tikka chicken over golden potatoes and tender cauliflower, or "crazy simple" fish topped off with crisp phyllo—all ready to devour in less than 30 minutes.

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