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Must- Have New Cookbooks

I have so many books I’ve wanted to share with you, so let’s share them all in one post… and celebrate with a Giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by ME).  This giveaway is now closed.

Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards:  This is a beautiful book from the blogger behind Bake at 350.  Edwards is well-known as a cookie decorating expert on the internet!  Her book is filled with step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for decorating cookies with royal icing.  There are cookies for birthdays, holidays and other celebrations.  Such a cute book and such a useful resource for cookie baking enthusiasts and those who would like to learn how to make those cookies that you see in bakery cases!  I can’t wait to make some fun things for the holidays.

Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin:  Natkin blogs at the identically titled Herbivoracious.  His book is composed of fresh and colorful Vegetarian recipes that span the globe.  A beginning chapter shows the reader how to use sauces and spices to make meatless meals come alive.  Dozens of gluten free and vegan recipes are noted in the book too.  I love this book because I don’t often think of preparing a vegetarian main dish for my family- but this book smack full of great ideas.

Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson:  Olmanson blogs at Food for My Family.  Her dessert book focuses on making and serving all kinds of cute and creative desserts in jars.  You’ll find kid’s birthday party ideas, seasonal recipes and grown-up options too in this book.  Desserts in jars are fun to eat and they travel well too!  I can’t wait to make the Pumpkin Cheesecakes in a Jar!

Not So Humble Pies by Kelly Jaggers:  Pie expert Jaggers blogs at Evil Shenanigans (her first book on pies was published last year). Her latest book includes 150 recipes for sweet and savory pies and tarts- this time focusing on more trendy ingredients and sophisticated choices (Orange- Honey Pecan Pie, Blueberry- Ricotta Tart, Apple- Brie and Bacon Tart).  Good book for pie baking enthusiasts.

Seriously Simple Parties by Diane Rossen Worthington:  Worthington blogs at Seriously Simple Cooking.  She’s the author of 18 cookbooks (I have quite a few of them on my cookbook shelves!)  This book is perfect for people who like to entertain and are always looking for simple and new ideas.  There are 31 planned menus organized by season and/or occasion.  The recipes all look terrific.  It makes me want to party!

The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte:  Forte blogs at the beautifully written and photographed (by her husband) blog Sprouted Kitchen.  The book shares mostly vegetarian recipes (some lean protein), and focuses on using fresh produce, whole grains and natural sweeteners.  The photos in the book are stunning.  Forte shows you how to cook healthfully using real, seasonal ingredients.  Gluten-free options are included.

The Everything Ice Cream, Gelato and Frozen Desserts Cookbook by Susan Whetzel:  Whetzel blogs at Doughmesstic.  I love reading her blog to see what kinds of creative recipes she will come up with next.  Whetzel’s book covers everything ice cream, gelato, granita or other frozen concoction that you can think of making.  You’ll want an ice cream maker to go along with this book (great Christmas gift combo idea!)  Vegan and sugar-free recipes are included, and many are easily gluten-free adaptable.  I want to try the Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream, Pumpkin Gelato and Nutella Ice Cream.

The Everyday Wok Cookbook by Lorna Yee:  This is the 2nd book from Yee (the 1st- The Newlywed Kitchen).  In The Everyday Wok Cookbook, you’ll learn that you can do much more with your wok than make Chinese food.  You can braise, steam, deep fry and stew foods in it, and you can even make a cake!  I’m drooling over the Bananas Foster French Toast, Braised Pork Belly Over Jasmine Rice, Old Fashioned Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Sticky Toffee Pudding (don’t worry… there are some Asian choices included too).  Another great gift idea:  cookbook + wok!

Mini Treats and Handheld Sweets by Abigail Johnson Dodge:  I’ve always been a fan of Dodge’s cookbooks.  She can be found on her blog, where she generously shares her baking expertise.  Her newest book focuses on mini desserts and hand-held treats (the cute stuff).  I love that it’s full of easy-to-bake, easy-to-serve recipes directed at bakers of every level.  I’m excited to try… everything!  I can’t even choose.  There are gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan, egg-less and low-fat options.

Cake Pops Holidays by Bakerella:  She did it again!  Bakerella (who blogs at the aptly named, “Bakerella“) wrote another cake pop book. Only this time, the pops are all devoted to adorable winter-themed creations.  Such a cute book with step-by-step instructions for each design, plus plenty of tips on displaying, gifting, boxing and shipping your pops.  Bakerella comes up with the cutest stuff.  I adore the little Christmas stockings.  The world is cake-pop-crazy right now, so this is a good book to have for the holidays!

Oh Look!  It’s The Recipe Girl Cookbook!  It appeared on Amazon a week or so ago and is available to order for pre-sale.  So fun to see it there, and I can’t wait to share it with you.  A sneak description:  There are 195 recipes from breakfast to lunch, to happy hour, dinner/sides and desserts.  There is also a bonus chapter on entertaining with 20 themed menus + tips for easy and effortless entertaining.  A strong majority of the recipes in the book are brand-new, with a few website favorites tucked in here and there.  The recipes pictured on the front are Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Tomatoes, Apple- Cranberry Hand Pies and BLT Polenta Squares.  And the forever awesome Matt Armendariz did the photography for the book!  It will not be “officially” released until March or April.



I’m giving away ONE $100 USD gift card to one lucky RecipeGirl reader, so you can buy a bunch of cookbooks (or whatever)!   How to enter:

You may leave one comment to enter to win one of the gift cards (and 3 more bonus entries explained below, if you’d like):
Just leave a comment telling me which of these cookbooks you might like to add to your cookbook collection (it does not have to be mine!) 


Bonus entry #1 (Twitter):  Follow @RecipeGirl on Twitter

Bonus entry #2 (Facebook):  “Like” Recipegirl on Facebook,

Bonus entry #3 (Pinterest):  Follow RecipeGirl on Pinterest.

This giveaway is open to everyone- anywhere- as long as I can email an gift card to you (make sure you include a valid email address). I’ll be choosing one winner via on Sunday, October 14th, and will post the randomly-selected winner here on this post (and email the winner, who will have 72 hours to get back to me before I pick another winner).  Good luck to everyone!
 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  The randomly selected winner is Commenter #288 Danielle- congrats to Danielle, and thanks to all for entering!

Disclosure:  This giveaway is provided by me!  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post. 

1,435 Responses to “Must- Have New Cookbooks”

  1. postedOct 8, 2012 3:19 AM

    Do I really have to only choose one… I would honestly LOVE them all! They are all inspiring 🙂 Great job so excited that yours is coming out soon.

  2. postedOct 8, 2012 3:42 AM

    Congrats on YOUR book, Lori! I want to see it (and see Matt’s photography!) and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

    I also want the Sprouted Kitchen book, as well as Shaina’s book, and Bridget’s book. Love it when some of my fave bloggers have their books coming out. Exciting!

  3. postedOct 8, 2012 3:46 AM

    I pinterest follow

  4. postedOct 8, 2012 3:49 AM

    I would love to get yours and herbivoracious! Congrats on your book so exciting

  5. postedOct 8, 2012 3:49 AM

    I liked you on Facebook

  6. postedOct 8, 2012 3:49 AM

    They all look great, but I’m looking forward to yours!

  7. postedOct 8, 2012 3:50 AM

    and following on pintrest,

  8. postedOct 8, 2012 3:53 AM

    I would like The Everyday Wok. I have a very nice wok I have never used so this would be very helpful.

  9. postedOct 8, 2012 3:54 AM

    The Recipe Girl cookbook would be amazing to have!

  10. postedOct 8, 2012 4:14 AM
    Barbara P.

    I would love to get yours and herbivoracious! Congrats on your book!!!!!!!!

  11. postedOct 8, 2012 4:15 AM
    Barbara P.

    I liked you and shared on Facebook

  12. postedOct 8, 2012 4:16 AM
    Barbara P.

    I also follow you on Pinterest

  13. postedOct 8, 2012 4:29 AM

    A girl can never have too many cookbooks!! I am looking forward to trying out some new ones.

  14. postedOct 8, 2012 4:31 AM

    I’d love to have your cookbook!

  15. postedOct 8, 2012 4:35 AM

    OMG I want them all! Not So Humble Pies looks amazing, but they ALL do!

  16. postedOct 8, 2012 4:37 AM

    Followed you on Pinterest!

  17. postedOct 8, 2012 4:37 AM

    I would love the mini treats and hand held treats…. Im always cooking for parties. And this. Would come in so handy

  18. postedOct 8, 2012 4:39 AM

    I also liked u on facebook, tweeted ur giveaway, and followed u on pinterest

  19. postedOct 8, 2012 4:42 AM

    Liked on FB and shared the giveaway!

  20. postedOct 8, 2012 4:45 AM
    Mellisa W.

    Yours and the cookie decorating book. Thanks!

  21. postedOct 8, 2012 4:46 AM
    Mellisa W.

    I posted it on my FB. Thanks again!

  22. postedOct 8, 2012 4:47 AM

    I would choose yours.

  23. postedOct 8, 2012 4:49 AM

    Bonus points for saying yours?! 😉

  24. postedOct 8, 2012 4:49 AM

    Already follow ya on Pinterest! 🙂

  25. postedOct 8, 2012 4:50 AM

    i tweeted!

  26. postedOct 8, 2012 4:50 AM

    of course it is your cookbook that i would love to have!

  27. postedOct 8, 2012 4:54 AM

    I want your book and the Dessert in Jars book too!! Fun.

  28. postedOct 8, 2012 4:55 AM
    Amy G. H.

    I’d love the Everyday Wok Cookbook. I own a wok, but hardly ever use it! Perhaps the cookbook will inspire me.

  29. postedOct 8, 2012 4:56 AM

    So wonderful to see your book on offer with the others! I always have room for more cookbooks.

  30. postedOct 8, 2012 4:59 AM

    But I really DO want the Recipe Girl Cookbook!!!! And the Not So Humble Pie book too!!!

  31. postedOct 8, 2012 5:00 AM
    Jeanne ODonnell

    I would love Not so Humble Pie!

  32. postedOct 8, 2012 5:01 AM

    It’d be great to add the Herbivoracious book to my collection. I’ve been trying to eat a more plant-based diet and this would really help me out!

  33. postedOct 8, 2012 5:01 AM
    Jeanne ODonnell

    I like you on facebook!

  34. postedOct 8, 2012 5:02 AM
    Jeanne ODonnell

    I follow you on pinterest!

  35. postedOct 8, 2012 5:02 AM

    I liked your page on FB and shared your giveaway!

  36. postedOct 8, 2012 5:02 AM

    I haven’t seen the ever day wok one! I will have to check it out. I love Herbivoracous. One of my favorites right now!

  37. postedOct 8, 2012 5:03 AM

    I follow Recipe Gilr on Pinterest!

  38. postedOct 8, 2012 5:03 AM

    I’m following you on Pinterest! 🙂

  39. postedOct 8, 2012 5:13 AM
    Rachel jaggers

    Hi Lori! I would LOVE your book Love your recipes! 🙂

  40. postedOct 8, 2012 5:14 AM

    Can I buy one of each with the gift card? No? Then I would love the mini desserts one. So cute.

    Also, is that spaghetti in that wok?

  41. postedOct 8, 2012 5:16 AM

    I would love the Sprouted Kitchen!

  42. postedOct 8, 2012 5:25 AM
  43. postedOct 8, 2012 5:25 AM

    Desserts in Jars looks great!

  44. postedOct 8, 2012 5:25 AM

    I would absolutely love to have a copy of your cookbook. Congratulations and continued success Lori!

  45. postedOct 8, 2012 5:26 AM

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  46. postedOct 8, 2012 5:27 AM

    They all look great, but really I would love to have YOURS!!

  47. postedOct 8, 2012 5:28 AM

    I’d love the Everyday Wok cookbook! I grew up with woks only ever being used to make Chinese food, so I’d love to learn what other (non-Chinese) dishes can be made in a wok.

  48. postedOct 8, 2012 5:28 AM

    I would love to add yours to my collection!

  49. postedOct 8, 2012 5:29 AM

    I already follow you on pinterest!

  50. postedOct 8, 2012 5:29 AM
    Kim S.

    The Recipe Girl Cookbook!!! For sure 🙂

  51. postedOct 8, 2012 5:30 AM

    Congrats on your cookbook – how exciting! I’m going to have to get your book (especially after my son saying we should make the recipes on the cover! 😉 I also like the mini treats cookbook – how cute.

  52. postedOct 8, 2012 5:31 AM
    Kim S.

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  53. postedOct 8, 2012 5:43 AM
    Jess Lohr

    I would love the mini treats & hand held sweets cookbook, because I LOVE to bake! But I also love your stuff and wouldn’t mind having one of those too!!

  54. postedOct 8, 2012 5:43 AM

    I would love to check out herbivoracious. I definitely want to learn as many different cuisines as I can.

  55. postedOct 8, 2012 5:44 AM
    Jess Lohr

    I follow you on pinterest! 🙂

  56. postedOct 8, 2012 5:44 AM

    I’m a pinterest follower.

  57. postedOct 8, 2012 5:46 AM

    I would love your book 🙂 as well as the Herbivoracious cookbook. I would like to add more vegetarian dishes into my diet.

  58. postedOct 8, 2012 5:48 AM
    Karla G

    I’ve had my eye on that Food in Jars book for awhile now, but the mini treats book sounds great too!

  59. postedOct 8, 2012 5:49 AM
    Karla G

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  60. postedOct 8, 2012 5:50 AM

    The Not So Humble pie book sounds most appealing, but I think I would enjoy them all!

  61. postedOct 8, 2012 5:50 AM
    Karla G

    I follow you on FB.

  62. postedOct 8, 2012 5:52 AM
    SW Knudsen

    Seriously Simple Parties – who doesn’t want to share food love with friends?

  63. postedOct 8, 2012 5:59 AM
    Hallie J

    They all look amazing, would love your cookbook!

  64. postedOct 8, 2012 6:02 AM

    Might have to own the The Everyday Wok Cookbook..looks great!

  65. postedOct 8, 2012 6:03 AM
    Amy L

    I’d like to check out Not So Humble Pie. Pie is my favorite dessert.

  66. postedOct 8, 2012 6:03 AM

    Wow, so many great cookbooks! I would really like Seriously Simple Parties, I always need great ideas for entertaining.

  67. postedOct 8, 2012 6:04 AM

    I follow you on facebook.

  68. postedOct 8, 2012 6:05 AM

    I would buy Seriously Simple Parties – I always panic when I have to plan the menu for a party and this would help guide me.

  69. postedOct 8, 2012 6:05 AM
    Amy L
  70. postedOct 8, 2012 6:05 AM

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  71. postedOct 8, 2012 6:06 AM
    Amy L

    I already follow you on Pinterest as Amy Leach

  72. postedOct 8, 2012 6:08 AM

    Following you in Twitter.

  73. postedOct 8, 2012 6:08 AM

    I am checking out herbivoriscious as my dauhter went vegetarian on us so I need more meals we can all eat. Yours and the wok book are also on my wish list.

  74. postedOct 8, 2012 6:08 AM

    All those cookbooks look great, but I really want to grab a copy of yours!!

  75. postedOct 8, 2012 6:11 AM

    The Sprouted Kitchen – I have to balance out all the desserts with something healthy!

  76. postedOct 8, 2012 6:12 AM

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  77. postedOct 8, 2012 6:22 AM
    Dawn chambers

    I found your blog thru Kevin at closet cooking. He mentioned your blog and now I am hooked. I would love to see your work in the finished Recipe Girl cookbook!

  78. postedOct 8, 2012 6:23 AM
    Debby G.

    Congrats on the new cookbook! Would love to have them all, but if I had to choose just one, it would be yours.

  79. postedOct 8, 2012 6:23 AM

    Herbivoracious sounds great to me!

  80. postedOct 8, 2012 6:24 AM

    I’d love to add “Herbivoracious” to my collection–I’m doing a year of volunteer service, living with 4 housemates and making meals together; 3 of us are vegetarian, so it’s always fun to find new recipes that we can cook together!

  81. postedOct 8, 2012 6:27 AM
    Kim Rendino

    They all sound yummy, but I’d go with yours or the Handheld Sweets one!

  82. postedOct 8, 2012 6:27 AM
    Jessica Shepa

    I would really like that cookie decorating book, I can never seem to get anything to come out right!

  83. postedOct 8, 2012 6:27 AM
    Kim Rendino

    Follow you on Pinterest 🙂

  84. postedOct 8, 2012 6:28 AM

    I would love your Recipe Girl cookbook because the recipes are versatile!

  85. postedOct 8, 2012 6:29 AM

    I follow you on Pinterest

  86. postedOct 8, 2012 6:29 AM

    The Sprouted Kitchen!

  87. postedOct 8, 2012 6:30 AM

    I’m a pinterest follower

  88. postedOct 8, 2012 6:33 AM
    Joanie from CLBB

    Very interested in The Sprouted Kitchen, thanks for the heads-up on that blog. Your book looks wonderful, well done, whoot whoot! (Thank you)

  89. postedOct 8, 2012 6:33 AM

    So exciting about your cookbook! I would love that one! 🙂

  90. postedOct 8, 2012 6:34 AM
    Joanie from CLBB

    Have linked to your giveaway on FB, Lori! Sharing the RecipeGirl love! 😉

  91. postedOct 8, 2012 6:34 AM
    Karen Padilla

    I’d like to have the Seriously Simple Parties book or your book!

  92. postedOct 8, 2012 6:36 AM

    I would love all the cookbooks!!

  93. postedOct 8, 2012 6:41 AM
    Joanna H.

    Would love to have all of them!!

  94. postedOct 8, 2012 6:43 AM
    Erin m

    Sprouted kitchen, I’m very intrigued by whole food cooking

  95. postedOct 8, 2012 6:44 AM

    I’d love to have your cookbook because I’ve been a blog subscriber for a while now – you always have new fresh ideas.

  96. postedOct 8, 2012 6:47 AM
    Kelly D

    I would like the Every Day Wok Cook Book. I have a wok, so more recipes would be great.

  97. postedOct 8, 2012 6:48 AM
    Kelly D

    I follow you on twitter (kellydpa) and tweeted

  98. postedOct 8, 2012 6:48 AM

    I would love the Holiday Cake Pops book!

  99. postedOct 8, 2012 6:49 AM
    Megan M

    I would love Cake Pops Holidays, I just wish mine would turn out that nice 🙂

  100. postedOct 8, 2012 6:49 AM

    I shared on Twitter

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