Modern Comfort Cooking, by Lauren Grier
Grier takes the classics and gives them an upgrade, for every meal of the day. Love bread pudding? Try Almond Butter and Strawberry Croissant Pudding. Crazy for chilaquiles? Why not opt for a Pulled Pork Chilaquiles Frittata. For dinner, try her globally inspired twists on classic dishes: think Indian chicken pot pie and a Spanish wedge salad.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
The Farm Cooking School, by Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman
Packed with recipes from the popular cooking school featured on PBS’s The Farm, this book is also riddled with tips and step-by-step photos for mastering basic techniques such as boning a chicken or cutting parchment rounds for cake pans. The “Classic French” section will make you feel like Julia Child.
To buy: $26, amazon.com.
Baking With Steel, by Andris Lagsdin
Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way, by Anna Brones
“Lagom,” the Swedish art of balanced living (and aruguably the new “hygge,”) focuses on creating a more intentional, healthy lifestyle. This book includes nearly 50 illustrated recipes, as well as Swedish design tips. It was first released in the U.K. in July, but is officially out in the U.S. on December 26.
To buy: $11, amazon.com.