Got some Christmas money to spend or do you have a goal to improve your culinary skills or just looking for more recipes to try this year? Then think about investing in cookbooks. Here are two that we’re introduced this year that are worth adding to your cookbook collection.
Now if you did not have a Southern grandma in the kitchen guiding you then Southern Living Home Cooking Basics is the next best thing. It’s an illustrated Southern Cooking bible (think Southern Joy of Cooking) that shows step-by-step, how to make all the great Southern dishes you long to make. It’s very approachable, comprehensive and though it covers fundamental cooking techniques, this cookbook goes beyond the basics with more than 200 recipes all thoroughly tested by Southern Living. Even for a more seasoned cook like myself I found lots of recipes to try and even easily embellished upon. And every good Southern cooks needs an excellent reference guide for those classic Southern favorites; and this is a good one. I think it would be the perfect gift for a new bride, a fledgling cook or any Southerner that loves those Southern favorites compiled into one beautiful cookbook. Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A complete illustrated guide to Southern cooking by Oxmoor House, S.R.P. $32.95 hardcover.
Southern Living Around the Southern Table by Rebecca Lang invites you to pull up a chair and experience through its pages the unique comfort, warmth and beauty of the southern table with her beloved dished. Rebecca Lang is a Southern Living contributing editor, authority on southern cooking and ninth-generation southerner and her book includes more than 150 fresh, from-scratch classic recipes as well as the beloved tables, serving pieces, and hospitality that make Southern meals such a pleasure.
This cookbook will make you long to have kept or hope to inherit every wonderful piece of china, silverware and crystal your grandmother or great grandmother owned. Not the case for you? Then you’ll want to start hitting the antique stores to start your own collection for your next dinner party, soirée or family gathering. Wendy Allen of The Cook’s Warehouse shared that this was one her personal favorite cookbooks of the year. Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories by Oxmoor House, S.P.R. $29.95 hardcover.