The Best Cookbooks for Newlyweds, Straight Out of The Hippest Restaurants' Kitchens

Time to put those kitchen gadgets from your registry to good use

Updated 07/17/17
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Going out to eat is fun and all, but what happens when that mountain of kitchen gear from your registry arrives on your front step? Put your new Kitchenaid spiralizer attachment, Le Creuset Dutch oven and that killer barbecue set to good use and get cooking. You may find that especially in the weeks and months following the wedding craziness, the two of you are going to want nothing more than a cozy evening together with a couple glasses of wine and a home cooked meal. So swap out busy date nights out on the town (not forever, just for a while!) and hone your culinary skills with these new cookbooks—perfect for both the novice and more experienced home chefs alike.

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Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking by Jessica Kostlow

Jessica Kostlow’s restaurant, Sqirl is one of the hottest spots in LA for fresh and inventive Californian cuisine. In her debut cookbook, Kostlow includes fan favorites like her famous house-made ricotta, jam and brioche toast (it's insanely delicious) along with more health-conscious fare like super food-rich salads and smoothies. The book is perfect for entertaining friends who have dietary restrictions—Kostlow makes notes throughout about how to substitute for vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free lifestyles. ($25, available on Amazon)

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Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Pruitt

Tartine Bakery has long been a San Francisco institution, and is buzzing with the news of a new location opening in Los Angeles this summer. Co-founder Elisabeth Pruitt’s new book features everything from staples like fresh salsa verde and aioli to more involved (but still approachable) recipes like savory zucchini herb fritters and spring risotto. Pruitt is a pastry chef by trade, so the sweets section is robust—go for the chocolate pots de crème or the lemon pudding cake. ($24, available on Amazon)

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Dinner at the Long Table by Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn

Super seasonal, family style meals are the cornerstone of this coffee table-worthy book by restaurant entrepreneur Andrew Tarlow and Diner Journal editor Anna Dunn. Tarlow’s many popular Brooklyn restaurants include comfort food destination Diner, oyster bar Marlow and Sons, and upscale farm-to-table Reynard at the Wythe Hotel. Try the roasted fennel with fried quinoa or the decadent Drunken Sailor chocolate cake (spiked with dark rum). ($25, available on Amazon)

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Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner by Ashley Christensen

Up-and-coming chef Ashley Christensen is the genius behind the Raleigh, North Carolina hot spot Poole’s Diner, which has become a mecca for locally sourced comfort food with deep Southern roots. In her cookbook, down-home classics like Pimento cheese are given a contemporary twist with made-from-scratch mayo, pickled peppers and aged cheddar. Christensen dives into essentials like the perfect red wine vinaigrette to elevate a simple salad, in addition to more complex (and 100% worth it) recipes like the caramelized onion and tomato soup and toasted coconut cream pie with macadamia nut crust. ($24, available on Amazon)

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Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village by Maya and Dean Jankelowitz

With recipes influenced by the authors’ Israeli and South African upbringings, this NYC restaurant has long been a lively destination for laid-back and fresh Mediterranean-American soul food. Their new cookbook is filled with gorgeous photos of favorite dishes, including rose water waffles with honey syrup, poached eggs with roasted tomatoes and haloumi, and a gluten-free lamb and eggplant lasagna. ($16, available on Amazon)

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