My favorite book to come along in a while is THE FEAST GOES ON created by the same six women – the ‘sisterhood’ – of the bestselling Monday Morning Cooking Club cookbook: the Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin, Laren Fink, Paula Horwitz, and Jacqui Israel. The cherished recipes that have been handed down through generations coupled with new and innovative family recipes make this a lively and exciting cookbook to read and savor. Standouts include Nanna’s chicken balls; pollo con salsa; salmon crumble; and orange bread and butter pudding.

There are two celebrity cookbooks out this season. The first is AROUND THE TABLE: Recipes and Inspirations for Gatherings Throughout the Year from country music star Martina McBride, full of simple Midwestern dishes that are beautifully photographed and presented in an easy, breezy style. I like the Mom’s peach cobbler and garlic-roasted shrimp cocktail. I also like THE TUCCI TABLE by accomplished actor Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt. This sequel to Mr. Tucci’s earlier book The Tucci Cookbook, is filled with mouth-watering recipes that are well-presented and innovative. Standouts include roasted pork belly; seared scallops with pea puree; and Nanna’s scones.

JULIA, CHILD by Kyo Maclear is the perfect book to give to your favorite child who watches Master Chef Junior. Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter — and that it is best to be a child forever. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child — a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

NEVER TRUST A SKINNY ITALIAN CHEF By Massimo Bottura is the story of Italy’s most renowned restaurant, Osteria Francescana, and it’s uber-chef. The book is a testament to Bottura’s twenty-five year career and the development of this #3 Best Restaurant in the World, located in Modena, Italy. This large volume is divided into four chapters, each dealing with a different period, and relates the technique of this master chef with 50 recipes. Illustrated with specially commissioned color photography by contemporary artists Stefano Graziani and Carlo Benvenuto, and featuring a conversation between Bottura and artist Maurizio Cattelan, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef is the perfect gift for foodies and omnivores everywhere.

Jenny Rosenstrach, the creator of Dinner: A Love Story, the website devoted to family dinner, has come up with a book called DINNER THE PLAYBOOK: A 30-DAY Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal, Her newest book takes the stress out of family dinnertime planning and execution. Cooking for kids can be very difficult but her clever and easy ideas like baked potato bar; shrimp rolls; pulled barbecue chicken sandwiches; and pan-fried whole wheat pizzas work for exciting the kids and the adults about dinner time make it all seem easy and fun.

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