A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing) by Anna Jones, Jamie Oliver’s London-based food stylist, is a well-crafted hard-back book showing Ms. Jones philosophy and how this author helps the reader think outside the box about vegetables and eating. The book is beautiful presented with tons of photographs and fairly easy-to-follow directions. The focus is on flavorsome and wholesome ingredients – and dishes that can be prepared quickly. I like the way the book is laid out, including a forward by Jamie Oliver; a modern way to eat; what gets me up in the morning; food for filling a gap; A bowl of broth, soup, or stew; satisfying salads; easy lunches and laid-back suppers; Hearty dinners and food to feed a crowd; vegetables to go with things; sweet endings, cakes, bread and a few other things; things to drink; jam, chutney, stock, and other useful stuff; an index; and vegan and gluten-free index.

COOK’S COUNTRY EATS LOCAL: 150 Regional Recipes You Should be Making No Matter Where You Live from the Test Kitchens of Cook’s Country Magazine is divided into four distinct regions: New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia an the South; the Midwest and Great Plains, and Texas the West. From Maine’s hearty Joe Booker Stew to pineapple-packed Hawaiian Fried Rice, this collection of recipes brings bold local flavors and tried-and-true cooking techniques home—no matter where that may be. Step-by-step photography illustrates key techniques, and full-color photos for every recipe showcase the beauty of the collection. Standouts include Maryland crab fluff; Carolina chicken bog; Joe Booker stew; and Boston cream cupcakes.

MILDRED’S THE COOKBOOK: Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Simply Everyone is a surprisingly inspiring new book from the popular vegetarian British restaurant, Mildred’s. Even if you are not a vegetarian, the recipes in this book, are so creative and mouth-watering, it will make you want to try at least cutting down on your meat intake! I also liked that the book offers plenty of ideas for how to adapt the dishes quickly by adding meat, to cater to your favorite omnivore. Figs with blue cheese mousse & roasted hazelnuts; primavera salad with homemade lemon ricotta; heirloom potato & roast asparagus salad with truffle mayonnaise; and panna cotta with poached nectarines are a few favorite recipes.

MARTHA STEWART’S APPETIZERS: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d’Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails by Martha Stewart is a modern take on hors d’oeuvres from the renowned Ms. Stewart. The recipes are hassle free party foods that are a cinch to whip up. The book is divided into snacks, starters, small plates, stylish bites, and sips. Highlights include spicy shrimp skewers; warm Robiola cheese with pine nuts, olives, and golden raisins; croque-monsieur bites; and roasted polenta squares with Fontina and wild mushrooms.

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