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Cookbook Reviews

Whether you're making a meal for yourself or planning a dinner party for friends, our selection of cookbook reviews are sure to inspire you. With cuisines ranging from French to Italian and themes like Holidays and Grilling, these culinary tomes include recipes and tips from famous chefs and restaurants in the United States and around the world. So crack open one of our favorite cookbooks and get cookin'!

The Food of Oman is Felicia Campbell's latest cookbook highlighting Middle Eastern recipes

The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia
When 19-year-old Felicia Campbell was deployed to Iraq as an American soldier, she fell in love with the food and culture of the city of Nineveh. Nearly a decade later — armed with a master's degree in food culture from New York University and an IACP award nomination for her magazine writing — Campbell published her ode to Oman in a book of recipes and experiences that celebrate her time in the Middle East. In addition to 100 recipes that include Lahm Kalia (slow-cooked caramelized beef) and Khubz Lahooh (crisp-fried dhofari crêpes), 175 vibrant photographs transport you to the most intimate corners of the ancient region.

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Joanne Weir's latest cookbook highlights recipes from her childhood and beyond

Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food
James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and TV host, Joanne Weir, chronicles a life of food and travel in her recent work, Kitchen Gypsy. Spanning from her early childhood to her most recent culinary adventures, Weir reveals the recipes that are near and dear to her heart. They include Grandpa's Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Homemade Baking Powder Biscuits that she has held onto from youth and Salmon Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Walnut Chermoula that celebrates the recent food revolution in California.

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The New Sugar and Spice features dessert recipes centered around spices and herbs

The New Sugar & Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking
Sugar and spice make everything nice, especially the 80 recipes from baker and author Samantha Seneviratne's new cookbook. Upgrade your baking skills with her unique, spice-centric twists on classic dessert recipes — think Salt and Pepper Caramel Brownies — or discover global ones, such as the Sri Lankan Love Cake. Just choose among the seven flavor categories and bake away.

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Rebecca Lang's new book, "Fried Chicken: Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic" hits all the right spots!

Fried Chicken Travels The World
In her new book, "Fried Chicken: Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy. Comfort-Food Classic," Southern chef and writer, Rebecca Lang offers tasty versions of everyone's favorite dish, from her native Georgia to other parts of the world.

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Deborah Schneider's new cookbook, Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes showcases sauces from all over Mexico

May is National Salsa Month
In her new book, "Salsas and Moles: Fresh & Authentic Recipes," chef Deborah Schneider brings her culinary expertise to what she considers the heart of Mexican cuisine. Salsa is a more popular condiment than ketchup in Mexico and is eaten with every meal. Made differently in each region, these sauces can be raw or cooked, mild or spicy, using ingredients as varied as red cactus pears and almonds, and the classic chiles and tomatoes. In Schneider's compact, easy-to-use book, you'll discover recipes for a variety of taco and table salsas, classic Mexican snacks, and mole and enchilada sauces.

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Fan-turned-chef Cole Bowden will create a cookbook based off the animated TV series "Bob's Burgers"

"Bob's Burgers" to Get Its Own Cookbook
Inspired by the cult hit animated TV series "Bob's Burgers," fan-turned-home chef Cole Bowden creates renditions of the satirically named burgers from the show — think the "Sound & The Curry Burger" or "Blondes Have More Fun Burger." With the help of the show's creator, Loren Bouchard, the recipes to be compiled into this cookbook will be sure to satisfy your hunger and sense of humor.

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Find wholesome recipes for every mealtime occasion in Eat Fresh by chef Tom Woodbury

Eat Fresh: Quick and Easy Meals
Dine fast while staying healthy with recipes from this cookbook by chef Tom Woodbury. Home cooks will find dishes from veggie appetizers all the way down to wholesome desserts.

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Every Last Crumb features recipe options that are egg-, dairy-, nut-, yeast- and coconut-free for fans of Paleo eating

Every Last Crumb Paleo Bread and Beyond
Being allergic to dairy or wheat will no longer keep you away from off-limit meals and treats like grilled cheese sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and pizzas, thanks to the revised recipes in Brittany Angell's new Paleo cookbook.

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Chef Kostow celebrates Napa Valley with his first cookbook, A New Napa Cuisine

A New Napa Cuisine Cookbook
If you’re enchanted by The Napa Valley, or a fan of Christopher Kostow’s work at The Restaurant at Meadowood, then you’re in luck. His first cookbook, A New Napa Cuisine, beautifully explores both Kostow’s journey as a chef, and the ever-developing valley.

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Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur by Michel Guérard

Eat Well and Stay Slim
Unlock the secrets to Michel Guérard's health-conscious cuisine minceur with this elegant cookbook. Offering in-depth instructions and inventive, low-fat recipes, Eat Well and Stay Healthy gives a new meaning to balanced French cooking.

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Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain offers step-by-step butchering and curing process and traditional Spanish recipes

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain
Step-by-step butchering and curing process and authentic, traditional Spanish recipes showcased in this cookbook by Jeffrey Weiss.  

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The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes

The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes
The newest collaborative cookbook by food connoisseurs Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, The Big-Flavor Grill is a definitive guide on the do’s and don’ts of BBQ.  

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The Scarpetta Cookbook by Scott Conant

The Scarpetta Cookbook
If you have experienced chef Scott Conant's cooking at one of his Scarpetta restaurants, chances are you're hooked. Luckily for you, his new cookbook allows you to recreate his signature dishes at home.

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The groundbreaking The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Cookbooks

Top 10 Cookbooks
From classic instructional manuals to brand new volumes showcasing modern cuisine, our Top 10 Cookbooks feature great recipes and advice for every type of home chef.

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The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations for Lovers by Diane Brown

Top 10 Romantic and Sexy Cookbooks
From stories about romance and food to aphrodisiac guides, these steamy cookbooks will add some spice to your love life.

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