Our Favorite Holiday Cookbooks

Written by Rena Goldman on November 20, 2017

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Holidays are a time of family, celebration, and of course, food! Some of your favorite holiday memories probably include sitting around the table enjoying a delicious, home-cooked meal.

And while you likely have a few traditional, go-to dishes for your holiday spread, it’s also fun to spice things up every now and then. These cookbooks show you how to make a variety of holiday favorites, with some recipes offering new takes on classic dishes.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Hosting relatives for the holidays? Ree Drummond shows you how to keep them fed for the whole stay, with recipes for breakfast, brunch, dinner parties, and everything in between. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays covers an entire year of holidays, giving you lots of options for each. There are 19 recipes for Thanksgiving alone!

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Years ago, being vegan may have meant skipping lots of holiday favorites. But not anymore! The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook has recipes for vegan versions of all your seasonal favorites — from cakes to casseroles. The book also covers the entire year, with over 250 recipes.

Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes for a Merry Holiday

Taste of Home Christmas

Cooler weather often has us craving sweets and comfort foods. Taste of Home Christmas does more than provide recipes for delicious holiday indulgences — the book can also be used as a party planner. It’s organized to include menu items and event planning ideas for seven different holiday party themes. Recipes for each theme include everything from drinks to dessert.

Southern Living Home for the Holidays Cookbook: Favorite Holiday Recipes and Easy Decorating Ideas

Southern Living Home for the Holidays

Southern Living magazine is known for its delicious recipes and beautiful holiday spreads. Their Southern Living Home for the Holidays Cookbook features over 200 of the brand’s recipes together in one place. It also includes decorating tips from the magazine’s trusted experts.

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining

Kitchen pros and beginners can all find something to salivate over in All Time Best Holiday Entertaining. The book includes 75 recipes from the archives of Cook's Illustrated. Each has been selected for its ability to stand out as part of a delicious holiday meal.

Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook

Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook

You can’t think of any Jewish holiday without a specific food coming to mind. Each holiday is celebrated with a unique dish, and because Jewish people have lived in many parts of the world, there are lots of different ways to make them. Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook brings together recipes from all over the world. The book also explains their origins and includes stories of people who still keep certain food traditions alive.

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings: Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Your Healthiest Celebrations and Special Occasions

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings

Veggies don’t have to take the sidelines during a good meal. Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings includes over 130 recipes, meaning you can create a totally vegetarian spread for any occasion. Author Lindsay S. Nixon focuses on healthy, easy-to-make dishes that even your meat eating guests will enjoy, like portobello pot roast and cauliflower hot wings.

The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day

The New Yiddish Kitchen

If you know traditional Jewish cuisine, you know it’s not exactly gluten-free or paleo friendly. Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins make sure you don’t have to miss out on your favorite foods from your childhood because you have new dietary restrictions. The New Yiddish Kitchen takes old favorites and modifies them to meet more modern dietary needs, like grain-, gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free. There are over 100 dishes that’ll still have you kvelling!

Holiday on the Autoimmune Protocol: They Won’t Know It’s Paleo — A Full-Color Holiday Menu

Holiday on the Autoimmune Protocol

Holiday on the Autoimmune Protocol teaches you how to make your whole holiday meal paleo — without the relatives noticing a thing! The book includes recipes for dishes like mashed potatoes, bread pudding, and pumpkin pie — and all are completely paleo. It’s also filled with beautiful full-color photos of the finished products.

Gooseberry Patch: Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas

Gooseberry Patch

Some of the most memorable holiday gifts are homemade. Gooseberry Patch’s Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas has instructions for Christmas crafts and edible holiday gifts. There are 40 pages with just traceable shapes and designs! The book also includes recipes for holiday parties and family gatherings. There are lots of colorful photos to get you excited about the season and inspired for your next meal or craft project.



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