Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball
This approachable book compiles an array of global recipes that are bold in flavor, yet simple enough for the home cook. Try the mouth-watering soups, such as Spicy Red Lentil Stew and Spanish Garlic. And be sure to pay attention to the technical tips along the way, including how to fan an avocado (hello, Instagram).
To buy: $25, amazon.com.
Party Food by Peter Callahan
Technically this book came out at the very end of August, but we were so blown away we had to spread the word. Credited for inventing the mini bites we all know and love at catered gatherings, Peter Callahan enables home cooks to throw a magnificent party—whether that's passed hors d’oeuvres or a family-style feast.
To buy: $21, amazon.com.
Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay
In this truly stunning book, Donna Hay guides us through basic recipes, then offers instructions to master clever variations. The beautiful photography and crave-able recipes will make this your go-to guide in the kitchen.
To buy: $40, amazon.com.
Bäco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles By Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock
LA-based restaurateur and chef Josef Centeno offers a fresh take on vegetables in this colorful book. We love how the chapters are categorized by flavor profiles and textures, such as buttery, crispy, tangy, and herbal. Start by making his famous flatbread, then try some of the mouth-watering dressings, sauces, and condiments.
To buy: $24, amazon.com.
Little Book of Jewish Appetizers By Leah Koenig
Don’t be fooled by the small size of this book—it’s packed with more than 25 modern appetizer recipes drawn from global Jewish influences. It’s an elegant little gem that explores Jewish culinary traditions. Don't miss the creative twists on borscht and gefilte fish.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.