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Ashley’s Top Picks – Cookbooks

OH. MY. GOODNESS. These cookbooks feature some recipes that look utterly fantastic! Anyone need any ideas for dinner tonight? Look no further – I’ve got you covered. The photos of these mouthwatering dishes are making me hungry. Does someone want to make me lunch today?!

Titles included in this list are:
1. The Chicken Bible by America’s Test Kitchen
2. Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch by Joke Cohen
3. Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous
4. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons: 125 Unofficial Recipes Inspired by The Witcher, Game of Thrones, The Broken Earth, and Other Fantasy Favorites by Isabel Minunni
5. Vegetable Simple by Eric Ripert

Each of the titles listed below are linked to our catalog so that you can easily place holds from wherever you are. Simply click on the cover image to jump directly to our library’s catalog!

“Become a poultry pro.

If you’re cooking the same old chicken day after day, America’s Test Kitchen has the inspiration you need. From simple sheetpan suppers to weekend grilling, irresistible sandwiches and tacos to impressive dinner party fare, highly transformable chicken fills the bill every time. Comforting soups? Check. Fried chicken? Double check. Techniques for how to prep any chicken part? Of course. With recipes for any and every occasion, this is truly the only chicken resource you need.”

-From the back cover of the book.

“When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you’re feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.

In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latkes dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka! Jew-ish features  elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as:

Jake’s Perfect Challah
Roasted Tomato Brisket
Short Rib Cholent
Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup
Cacio e Pepe Rugelach
Sabich Bagel Sandwiches, and
Matzo Tiramisu.

Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create ne memories with family, friends, and loved ones.”


Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and chef Julie Tanous love to cook together. They love it so much that they founded a blog, and now put all their favorite recipes into a cookbook for you to dig into with the people you love.

In Food Between Friends, they book up delightful food, spiced with fun stories pulled right from their platonic marriage.

Drawing inspiration from the regional foods of the South and Southwest they grew up with, Jesse and Julie put smart twists on childhood favorites, such as Hatch Green Chile Mac and Cheese, Grilled Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce, and Little Grits Souffles.

So come join Jesse and Julie in the kitchen. This book feels just like cooking with a friend – because that’s exactly what it is.”


“With Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons, you can bring some of the most mouthwatering dishes from your favorite fantasy series to life for each and every meal, from breakfast to dessert and everything in between (yes, that includes second breakfast). Featuring more than 125 delicious recipes inspired by delectable offerings in dozens of books, films, TV series, and more, this book is loaded with step-by-step instructions, gorgeous illustrations and references to some of the most beloved works in this or any realm, making it the perfect guide to conjure up enchanting entrees and sumptuous spreads for family, friends, and the occasional head of state. Summoning your inner culinary alchemist has never been easier!”

-From the back cover of the book.

“When I cook vegetables, my goal is to showcase their natural flavors and qualities, so simplicity is key. I want them to shine, want to bring out their brightness and beauty. I want to highlight them as the star of the plate, the same way we do with proteins. This book, then, is an expression of my own evolution as a chef, as well as, I hope, a source of inspiration for home cooks to create and enjoy delicious, simply prepared vegetable dishes knowing that, ultimately, doing so is for the well-being of all.”

-From the back of the book.

Let me know if you test out any of the recipes featured in these cookbooks!