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Eat, Drink, and Celebrate the Season

5 new food and drink releases perfect for adding to your personal collection and for giving as holiday gifts.

Article by Rhiannon Johnson

Photography by Publisher Provided Photography

Originally published in Johns Creek Lifestyle

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook : Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings by Courtney Whitmore

In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, party design and entertaining blogger Courtney Whitmore puts a modern spin on Southern classics straight from her family’s cookbooks. She also offers a few new favorites alongside entertaining tips to make the most of your gathering. This cookbooks is full of gorgeous full-page photos, party planning ideas, menus, and mouth-watering recipes like Louisiana Hush Puppies with Comeback Dipping Sauce, Poppie’s Fig Jam & Prosciutto Crostini, Southern Fried Chicken Cobb Salad, and Carolina Blackberry Cobbler.

Very Merry Cocktails : 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season by Jessica Strand

Food writer Jessica Strand’s kitschy collection is a must-have for holiday hosts and merrymakers alike. Packed full of simple seasonal cocktail recipes, you’re sure to find a new favorite like the bourbon-based “Fireside Glow,” “Partridge in a Pear Tree” champagne sippers, toasty coffee and ice cream “Nutcracker Sweet” toddies, “’Tis the Season Sangria,” or one of her zero-proof libations like “Foamy Mexican Hot Chocolate”. In addition to tasty recipes, Very Merry Cocktails is brimming with vibrant vintage-style photography and advice on how to stock your bar, rim glasses, and garnish your cocktails.

The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Side Dishes : 75 Veggie-Filled Dishes that Steal the Show by Rebecca Lindamood

The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Side Dishes is mother of five Rebecca Lindamood’s “love letter to vegetables.” Conveniently organized into mini-chapters focusing on 14 different vegetables (all commonly found at farmers markets and grocery stores) and accompanied by main dish recommendations, these recipes have changed her picky eaters’ minds about vegetables. Cheesy Broccoli Rice Pancakes, Sriracha-Sesame Cucumber Rice Noodles, Chicken-Fried Eggplant, and Southern-Style Deli Carrot Salad are just a few of the show-stealing side dishes included in this collection.

Big Love Cooking : 75 Recipes for Satisfying, Shareable Comfort Food by Joey Campanaro, with Theresa Gambacorta

Famed restauranteur Joey Campanaro shares his family-style recipes along with insights from his Italian grandmother’s kitchen, conversational advice, and stories from his NYC restaurant in his comfort food cookbook. A few of his simple, authentic, shareable dishes include the Campanaro Family Lasagna, Pork Chops with Parmesan Butter Beans, Little Owl Crispy Chicken, Littleneck Clams with Juicy Bread, and Mom-Mom Pizza. In addition to comforting entrées, Big Love Cooking includes a variety of brunch (Brioche French Toast with Stewed Strawberries), soup (Italian Wedding Soup with Mini Meatballs and Egg Drop), and vegetable (Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Soft Herb Salad) recipes.

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch by Ken Haedrich

Critically acclaimed dean of The Pie Academy, Ken Haedrich reveals all his secrets for creating a perfect pie through step-by-step photographic tutorials including crust and pastry variations such as gluten-free, whole wheat, and extra flaky. Great for bakers of all levels, Pie Academy is packed full of classic recipes (Classic Lemon Meringue, Butterscotch Pecan), new creations (Apple Pear Pie with Hot Pepper Jelly, Blueberry-Pineapple Piña Colada), and hundreds of inspirational ideas.

Shorter, colder days bring comfort meal cravings and the upcoming holiday season means we are beginning to look for new and exciting menu additions and entertaining ideas. From hosting lavish celebrations to enjoying quiet evenings at home, these food and drink releases are the perfect companions this season.

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