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14 Best Cookbooks to Look for This Spring

Stuck in a recipe rut? Here are the best cookbooks to explore right now. (You're going to need a new bookshelf!)

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A Basket By The Doorvia

A Basket by the Door

A Basket by the Door ($29) is about fostering community and old-fashioned hospitality. There are chapters with ideas on what to cook for friends or family who are mid-house move, busy with a new baby, celebrating a milestone or need a little love. Plus, every recipe includes information on how to wrap, transport, reheat and serve the dish.

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The Prairie Homestead: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchenvia

The Prairie Homestead Cookbook

Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, published her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook ($35). The collection includes 100+ of her family’s favorite recipes, along with the tools and tips she has learned from life on the homestead—like how to churn your own butter and feed a family on a budget. Think The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food—all set on the Wyoming prairie.

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Icing on the Cake: Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Homevia

Icing on the Cake

There’s just one word to describe Icing on the Cake ($30)—gorgeous! This stunning collection from Tessa Huff (author of the crowd-pleasing dessert book, Layered) features jaw-dropping ways to make pies, macarons, tarts and, of course, cake. If you have a sweet tooth, this is one of the best cookbooks for you.

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Taste of Home's 201 Recipes You'll Make Forever: Classic Recipes for Today's Home Cooksvia

201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever

Call us biased, but we love this new cookbook filled with classic recipes for every home cook. Whether you’re starting a family, living on your own for the first time or craving all the classics in one convenient place, Taste of Home’s 201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever ($18) is a must-have.

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Buttermilk Bourbonvia

Buttermilk & Bourbon

Jason Santos, the celebrity chef and restaurateur, is known for his bold flavors. Buttermilk & Bourbon ($22), which takes its name from Jason’s popular restaurant, showcases recipes inspired by the exciting flavors and culture of New Orleans. Try your hand at Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mac & Cheese or Literally the Best Fried Chicken Wings in the History of Chicken.

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Tex Mexvia

Tex-Mex Cookbook

The pages of this new cookbook are filled with vibrant, mouth-watering images of Tex-Mex comfort-foods from chef and restaurateur Ford Fry. In the Tex-Mex Cookbook ($30) you’ll find classics like Dirty Breakfast Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Diablo, Sopaipillas with Local Honey and more salsas than you can imagine.

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Can’t wait? Here are Tex-Mex recipes bursting with Southwestern flavor that you can try right now.

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Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavorsvia

Vietnamese Food Any Day

Drawing on decades of experience and the cooking tricks her mom used after fleeing from Vietnam to America, award-winning author Andrea Nguyen shows you how to create true Vietnamese flavors at home—fast.

Vietnamese Food Any Day ($25) features recipes for classic staples like Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets, Chile Garlic Chicken Wings and No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream.

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Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishesvia

Food of the Italian South

This cookbook is a feast for the eyes. Inside Food of the Italian South ($30) you’ll find 85 authentic recipes and stunning photographs that capture the cultural and cooking traditions of the Italian South—from the mountains to the coast.

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Cake Confidencevia

Cake Confidence

Mandy Merriman—of the popular blog Baking with Blondie—has packaged up her tips for creating easy, delicious and beautiful cakes in Cake Confidence ($17). Follow step-by-step tutorials, tips for the perfect buttercream and recipes that are guaranteed to bake up beautifully every single time. In the meantime, here are some more easy cake decorating ideas to wow your friends and family.

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Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Mealvia

Love and Lemons Every Day

Enjoy 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day ($35). In this book, Jeanine Donofrio shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Page after page is filled with tasty everyday meals, cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples. Here’s why you should try a plant-based diet.

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Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchenvia

Double Awesome Chinese Food

With more than 100 recipes that marry traditional Asian ingredients with comforting American classics, Double Awesome Chinese Food ($35) will help you make the Chinese food of your dreams any night of the week. The three Chinese-American siblings behind Boston’s Mei Mei restaurant take the fear out of cooking this complex cuisine, and bring creativity and playfulness to the kitchen.

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Aloha Kitchenvia

Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i

Aloha Kitchen ($30), from Maui native and popular food blogger Alana Kysar, is a gorgeous cookbook featuring 85 recipes reflecting the cultures that have influenced local Hawai’i food: Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipino and Western. You’ll learn more about local staples like saimin, loco moco, shave ice and shoyu chicken, plus their history on the islands.

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5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Foodvia

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food

Jamie Oliver—one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time—is back with a new cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food ($35). This cookbook is all about maximum flavor with minimum fuss. Each of the 130 recipes is created with just five ingredients. Inside, you’ll find recipes for salads, pasta, chicken, fish, vegetables, rice and noodles, beef, pork and lamb, plus a bonus chapter of sweet treats.

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Perfect Pan Pizzavia

Perfect Pan Pizza: Square Pies to Make at Home

This new cookbook had us at “pan pizza.” From bread legend Peter Reinhart, Perfect Pan Pizza ($23) is an ode to everyone’s favorite food. In these pages, you’ll find recipes that are easy to make at home without any special equipment. Learn how to make several types of pizza—like Detroit, focaccia and Sicilian styles—through step-by-step photographs.

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Lauren Naru
Lauren Naru writes about gift guides, sales, and must-have items for the kitchen and home. She loves a good deal is and is always on the hunt for super-savings and products that solve cooking problems. In her spare time, you’ll find her creating custom cookies for friends and family. Lauren lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley region.