Brrrr. It's getting cold out there! The winter season is all about retreating inside, getting cozy and sharing time with family and friends—especially around the table. Warm soups and stews, delectable desserts, and festive cocktails abound. Because we're all heading indoors (and putting diets aside until January), it's also a great time to experiment with some new recipes.
Luckily, a lot of new cookbooks tend to come out during the holiday season, just in time for holiday baking and gift giving. This year's selection is no exception, with new offerings from fan faves like Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi and Dorie Greenspan, in addition to a few exciting new debut authors who take us around the world with their innovative recipes and creative twists. For a foodie, a cookbook it's literally a gift that keeps giving, providing inspiration, ideas, and (hopefully) some delicious meals all year round.
Here are 11 amazing new holiday cookbooks to keep you warm all winter long.
Ottolenghi Simple. by Yotam Ottolenghi
This celebrated London-based chef is famous for his flavor-forward recipes featuring lots of fresh herbs and Middle Eastern-inspired spices. This user-friendly cookbook features recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, making them perfect for weeknight dinners and parties alike. Yottolenghi-style savory choices like Orzo with Shrimp, Tomato and Marinated Feta and Baked Mint Rice with Pomegrante and Olive Salsa are perfect sides and starters to your meal. Finish with a Blueberry Almond and Lemon Cake or Fig and Thyme Clafoutis to wow your guests and satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $21
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook. by Dorie Greenspan
With a spirit of experimentation and an easy-to-follow structure, Dorie Greenspan's recipes are winners every time. The author is especially well known for her baking prowess, but her savory dishes are excellent as well. From Herb Butter Chicken to the ever-changing and delicious Ricotta Spoonable, this book will have you covered. And if you still have room for dessert, try the Salted-Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundaes or White Wine-Poached Pears.
Just Married: A Cookbook for Newlyweds. by Caroline Chambers
The perfect holiday gift for a couple who's getting married (or a great resource if you happen to be the lucky pair), this cookbook offers up a ton of tips for building your new kitchen and cooking rituals together. Choose from Honey and Garlic Salmon to Chipotle Carnitas Tacos and finish with a sweet treat like Bourbon Banana Pudding—we guarantee you won't be disappointed.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $22.45
Cook Like a Pro. by Ina Garten
Ina is a household favorite when it comes to cookbooks (his is her 11th!). This new tome offers up tons of easy-to-follow "pro tips" that will help home cooks take their dinner parties to the next level. The book is chock full of party ready recipes like Warm Dates with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto and Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce, but also includes lots of comfort food treat for winter weekends at home like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Figs and Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Eggplant.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $20.99
Now and Again. by Julia Turshen
Brimming with super helpful tips and inventive ways to use leftovers, this book is destined to become a well-worn classic that you'll bring out again and again. Try the Crispy Scallion and Sesame Pancakes or Skillet Cornbread with Cheddar and Scallions for both home and party time alike. Turshen also offers up tons of recipes featuring seasonal flavors which are perfect for the holidays (it's really hard to say no to her Maple Syrup Old Fashioned and Maple Roasted Apples with Vanilla Ice Cream and Roasted Pecans).
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $22
Almonds, Anchovies and Pancetta. by Cal Peternell
This charming little book highlights the concept of using just a small amount of meat to add flavor and robustness to a dish (you don't need a lot of it), allowing the vegetables speak for themselves. Salt and fat is at the forefront, but these recipes aren't heavy at all (it's all about the proportions). Go for the Carrot and Almond Soup with Saffron and Coriander, Creamy White Beans with Pancetta and Rosemary, or the Parsley and Walnut Pesto with Pecorino Toscano.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $17.10
Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories. by Naz Deravian
This gorgeous book is a primer on all dishes Persian, from flavor-rich side dishes like Quinoa with Fava and Figs and Baked Feta with Cranberry Quince Sauce to statement mains like Saffron Chicken. Author Naz Deravian takes readers on a culinary journey from her family's exile from Iran in the '70s through Europe and Los Angeles. It's rich with stories, delivering her personal interpretation of Persian cuisine to an American audience.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $23.98
Sister Pie. by Lisa Ludwinski
The recipes from this little bakery in Detroit are nothing short of outstanding- this is definitely the cookbook you need to totally ace your holiday baking this season. Including everything from savory breakfast treats like Egg-on-Top Sweet Potato and Cheddar Galettes to sweet-meets-savory desserts like Salted Rosemary Shortbread, this book goes way beyond just pie (although you have to save room for those as well!).
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $16.51
Rich Table. by Sarah and Evan Rich
In this long-awaited cookbook, the husband and wife duo behind one of San Francisco's most popular restaurants offers up a range of innovative recipes that highlight the best of Northern California cuisine, with their own personal twist. Favorite recipes include Burrata with Summer Squash and Herb Oil (yes, please), Sprouted Quinoa Cakes with Summer Squash and Chevre, and Cornmeal Upside down Cake with Peaches and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food. by Nik Sharma
With lush photographs, innovative recipes and meticulous instructions, this cookbook takes modern Indian cuisine to the next level. Sharma translates the food of his native country with his own creative spin, and experiments with flavors and presentation. Try the Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Yogurt Sauce or the Crab Cakes with Lemongrass and Green Mango, and finish with the Apple Masala Chai Cake.