by Josie Hanneman

We are headed straight for it, full speed ahead! It’s food and celebration season. Don’t worry, the library has you covered. Whether you want to try a new cookbook, or find the perfect one to give as a gift, we cover all your bases. Here are a few of our favorite, new, food-related tomes.

“Baking All Year Round: Holidays and Special Occasions” by Rosanna Pansino

This delightful baking book includes sweet treats, and those for the savory palate. The recipes range from holiday-specific to everyday and will surely delight the whole family.

“The Complete Diabetes Cookbook: The Healthy Way to Eat the Foods You Love” edited by America’s Test Kitchen

In this day and age, it is realistic to include a diabetes-related title on our list of favorite books. American’s Test Kitchen is well known for finding and making the best recipes within certain parameters, and this book falls easily into that practice. In addition to the whole ATK team, the staff for this title included a dietician and medical doctor to ensure the best nutritional advice was included.

“Cook’s Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking Techniques, Compelling Voices, One-of-a-Kind Recipes” edited by America’s Test Kitchen

In addition to amazing recipes, this new book includes original essays from some of our favorite chefs.

“Delish: Eat like Every Day’s the Weekend” by Joanna Saltz

Here’s a book if you enjoy the eating part more than the cooking part! Lots of fun, easy recipes that are sure to please a variety of tastes across ages in your family.

“Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook” by Dorie Greenspan

When you’re a New York Times food columnists, you might be known for fancier meals. This book brings Greenspan’s everyday foods to a wider audience. While they are “simpler” for her style, I found them on the more sophisticated end of my cooking, and also delicious.

“Milk Street Tuesday Nights” by Christopher Kimball

If you follow the food world (who doesn’t?), you might be aware that Kimball no longer works with Cooks Illustrated. His independent company, Milk Street, has produced this new cookbook for weeknight meals, taking some of the complexity out of our busy lives.

“EatingWell Soups: 100 Healthy Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food” edited by EatingWell

As the temperatures drop, and the snow thinks about falling, I yearn for a good bowl of soup. This cookbook has plenty of lovely recipes for healthy options both between the rich holiday foods, and as additions to your festive meals.

“Bread Lab!” by Kim Binczewski

And finally, a children’s title! I’m a bit of a science nerd, so this nonfiction book really appealed to me: Iris and her aunt Mary use sourdough starter to make bread. Aunt Mary is a plant scientist and explains all the steps to her niece as they work to produce a loaf of whole wheat sour dough. The book is produced by employees of Washington State University’s Bread Lab, a real scientific laboratory.

— Josie Hanneman is a community librarian at the Redmond Public Library. josieh@dpls.lib.or.usfa