Cookbooks I LOVE for Fall & Winter Baking and Cooking

It’s true, a person could find most any recipe on the internet for free.  However, there is something special about the ‘old school’ way of having a physical cookbook to hold.  To turn the pages or favorite cookbooks with your hands, to make lists and to plan.

Fall and winter are prime times of the year for get-togethers with family and friends.  Of course the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other occasions during this time of year are times of feasting.  Both revolve around food, old classic favorites, and some new soon-to-be hit foods.

Entertaining guests and family can be such a rich, relational time.  The added special touches, like a beautiful tablescape, candles, and more communicate to your loved ones your love and care.

As I sit here writing to you, there is a storm raging outside (hoping we don’t lose electricity or internet connection).   I’ve got a beautiful vanilla candle burning, and I’m about ready to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket.  I plan to pour over some of the cookbooks I LOVE for fall & winter baking and cooking.  My goal is to plan for holiday meals, and other times I’ll be cooking for family and friends.  These times of planning can be so enjoyable, I invite you to join me.

Here is my list of Cookbooks I LOVE for Fall & Winter Baking and Cooking

For the Love of Caramel – this is a fun cookbook that has everything to do with caramel and butterscotch.  Fall screams caramel!

I love this County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning series of cookbooks.  Classics are featured for sure, but don’t assume this is just a bunch of ‘old granny’ recipes.  There are some phenomenal modern, mega-delicious recipes in these!

County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Cookbook: Main Dish, Casserole, & Vegetable Recipes (Volume 1)  – Good for helping trigger ideas too for the ‘what’s for dinner’ dilemma’ year around
County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Cookbook: Distinctive Cake Recipes (Volume 2)

County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Pie Cookbook: Proven Enticing Pie Recipe Winners: Proven Enticing Pie Recipe Winners (Volume 3)

The Best Sauce Recipes Ever!: Easy Ways to Jazz Up Your Meals with Amazing Sauces – The reason this one is listed as a favorite, is it offers endless options to make any simple dish impressive.  For instance, take a plain cooked vegetable (or a meat)  and serve with an amazing sauce, and you’ve instantly got a gourmet dish on your hands.  Also, if you have picky toddlers, many times a trick to getting them to eat is to serve a little dish of sauce and let them ‘dip’ their food into it.

Taste of Home Soups: 380 Heartwarming Family Favorites –  In this cookbook, I’ve never had a recipe fail or not turn out great.  Soups are so amazing this time of year.  You may want to visit our related blog post at: Turn Your Hearty Soups & Stews into an Elegant Experience

Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday – This is such a wealth of ideas for classic holiday baking & cooking.

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats – Just because you or some of your family or guests need to eat a gluten free diet, doesn’t mean they can’t indulge in some amazing holiday treats!

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving – I adore baking with children, and this cookbook is perfect for those projects.  It’s also a great lesson to them in learning to give and contribute to others.  A counter attack of the ‘holiday gimmes’.

The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal – I seriously needed this one, when as a young wife and I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner, and didn’t know to remove the turkey neck, giblets and other ‘pouch ingredients’ that is typically inside of a turkey.

The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts – Such a delectable cookbook for my Jewish friends.

Fruitcake! – Ok, I know alot of people hate fruitcake.  However, as a child, my beloved grandma made a huge one every year that I loved.  Fruitcakes always remind me of her and this special holiday treat she made us every year, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday – This holiday cookbook is perfect to pull out the next time you need to participate in a cookie exchange. Perhaps you want to host a cookie exchange, a very fun tradition.

The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: Over 120 Scrumptious Recipes Made with Natural and Simple Ingredients – Whether you are vegan, or family and friends are, this offers some great tasting options!

Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup – Yum, Vermont in the fall’s maple syrup.  Now more ways to use this ‘liquid gold’ from nature.

The Gingerbread Book: 54 Cookie-Construction Projects for Party Centerpieces and Holiday Decorations, 117 Full-Sized Patterns, Plans for 18 … Projects, History, and Step-by-Step How-To’s – Will this be the year to tackle a made-from-scratch gingerbread house? Super fun to include kids with classic gingerbread.

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Until next time,

Valerie Garner

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