‘Tis the season to get cooking! Whether you’re gathering for holiday dinner over Zoom or celebrating 6 ft. apart outside, these cookbooks are packed with delicious meals and spirited cocktails that are just perfect for the holidays! We’ve rounded up five of our current favorites available at Napa Bookmine’s Oxbow shop below:
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten – Ina Garten needs no introduction! Her latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Foods contains a mix of old-fashioned crowd pleasers, comfort foods, delicious desserts, and childhood favorites with the volume turned way up! We love it for it’s easy-to-follow instructions that make you feel as if Ina were cooking right there beside you.
Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake by Michelle Polzine – This book is an absolute joy for bakers. Michelle Polzine, of San Francisco’s celebrated 20th Century Cafe, shares her passion for famous delicacies like tortes, strudels, pierogi, and her infamous honey cake. With over 75 no-fail recipes, a surprising number of which are gluten free, you’re sure to find something to please everyone at your holiday gatherings this year.
Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater – Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter is perfect for people who want to eat less meat, but don’t want to compromise on flavor and ease of cooking. It’s packed with 110 simple vegetarian autumn and winter recipes that make use of ingredients you already have on hand. This is a go-to book for those who want to eat with the seasons!
The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller – We’d be remiss to leave out world-renowned local chef Thomas Keller from this list! This book is as beautiful as the recipes inside its pages are delicious. With meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes from both The French Laundry (Yountville) and Per Se (New York) this cookbook is ideal for the culinary aficionado ready to elevate their home cooking for the holidays.
Spirited: Cocktails from Around the World by Adrienne Stillman – What’s a holiday party without a few cocktails? Local author Adrienne Stillman has created a definitive cocktail recipe book for the ages, including 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries! With most cocktails only including three or four ingredients, there’s something for novice drink-makers and expert bartenders alike. Buy it for yourself or as a gift for the home bartender in your life!
All of these books can be found at Napa Bookmine’s Oxbow shop. Staying at home? Shop online! You can find all of these cookbooks and more right on their homepage at napabookmine.com. Bookmine offers free gift wrapping and in-store pickup, $4 local delivery and shipping everywhere in the continental US.