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20 Books for 20Somethings

Taste of Home: Cookies: 623 Irresistible Delights by Taste of Home

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

This cookie compendium has twelve chapters of recipes, including Christmas favorites. Another on gifts or “big-batch baking” will help bakers who need cookies for exchanges or parties to find one for every occasion. Something for tastes from simple to elaborate can be found here from the popular magazine. Comments from Taste of Home readers who have tried the recipes help with the enormity of recipes and make this seem even more inviting for new bakers.

Cake Pop Holidays by Bakerella

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

Twenty winter themed cake pops instructions are provided in this holiday collection from the extremely popular Bakerella blog author who has fueled the cake pop mania with her clever creations and cookbooks. Polar bears and snowflakes appear as well as some gingerbread houses and Christmas themed items. This book is pure fun and the pops and decorations are broken down into steps for all levels of creation. A great cookbook for children and adults to work on together or for a group of friends, readers will find plenty of interactive fun for parties or family nights.

Very Vegan Christmas Cookies: 125 Festive and Flavorful Treats by Ellen Brown

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

Special dietary needs or allergies are commonplace now and hosts may need to know where to find appropriate recipes in a hurry. Searching online may be overwhelming. Make traditional or favorite holiday treats without milk or eggs with this beautiful cookbook filled with photos. Popular and possible for bakers at every level, cooks will be surprised at how easy it will be to have the holiday foods within the vegan diet guidelines. The author also has a GLUTEN-FREE HOLIDAY BAKING guide.

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book by Eric Mulvany

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

Though it is now offered in a spiral bound edition, many will recognize this title from their family cabinets. The decades old guide to cookies has everything from classic to creative, and international offerings for holiday treats. A timeline of decade cookie trends adds nostalgia and history. Cream wafers from this cookbook are legendary, though tastebuds will enjoy recipes from all sections of Drop, Bar, Refrigerator, Rolled, Pressed and Molded Cookies. Tips on Cookies for Children and Cookies That Will Travel are especially fun for the holidays, though there are suggested Christmas cookies as well.

Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

The master baker author of THE CAKE BIBLE brings home bakers over 60 recipes and variations on classic Christmas cookies. From simple recipes to elaborate, the directions are accessible. Sprintz, shortbread, Springerle and gingerbread are all here for readers to master. “Smart Cookie” sidebars offer tips on ingredients and techniques with every recipe. This is a classic reference guide for those who like to bake cookies for the holidays.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

In another book from a popular blogger, THE SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK also helps readers make great food without fuss. Perelman has blogged about her results from her tiny kitchen, and only uses higher end ingredients if she feels cooks cannot get a good result without them. The author’s premise that cooking should be a pleasure comes through the pages inviting even the most reluctant cooks to enjoy success for meals and events.

The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook by Gabi Moskowitz

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

Savor recipes under $20 from the popular blog for those who want style without spending. Get advice on delicious but not dear wines, beers and cocktails. Readers will appreciate advice on stocking the pantry for under $50 along with the tips and humor served with the recipes. Recipes are spelled out here in clear, impossible to fail yet fun to read methods. While not a holiday themed cookbook, there is no reason some of these delicious recipes would not be at home at a holiday table.

4 Ingredients Christmas: Recipes for a Simply Yummy Holiday by Kim McClosker

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

Who could be intimidated by cooking with 4 ingredients? New cooks or busy chefs will welcome some simplicity this holiday season with this volume from the 4 INGREDIENTS series. It is possible to impress guests with Maple & Pepper Glazed Turkey or desserts like White Christmas Cheesecake without breaking the bank on fussy ingredients. Dips, breakfast foods and even cocktails are included in this clever and realistic guide for today’s home party hosts.

Fix-it and Forget-it Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes by Phyllis Pellman Good

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

This slow-cooker guide features recipes sent in by seasoned cooks to take the hassle out of cooking for celebrations from November through New Year’s. A range of appetizers and occasions are listed here, including recipes for Cornish Hens with Potatoes or Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake. Designed to save time and help harried cooks, this guide will encourage new slow cooker chefs or invite seasoned hosts to try something new with guests.

Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations by Jonnie Downing

Holiday Cookbooks, November 2012

The name says it all here. Find recipes for holidays throughout the year that allow cooks to do something hours ahead, in the slow cooker, freeing another space on the stove. Downing covers traditional favorites and new concoctions, including Candied Sweet potatoes for Christmas or Challah Pudding for Hanukkah. Not just for big meat entrees, this guide will encourage owners to bring out the crock pot for everything from appetizers to desserts.