Fall is here! It’s time to swap your summer salads and grilled goodies for soups, casseroles, and other cozy eats. In hopes of making the transition easy as (pumpkin) pie, we’ve found a few new cookbooks that not only celebrate the season’s bounty but also offer up creative and easy recipes the whole family will love. Scroll down to find your new favorite.
1. Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot®
This cookbook from New York Times writer Melissa Clark has a release date in Oct. 2017, but it’s already on the Amazon best-seller list—it’s got that much buzz. Filled with over 70 recipes that work in everyone’s new favorite appliance, there are all sorts of delicious things for families: Korean chile-braised brisket, chicken and dumplings, Indian butter shrimp and much more. There’s also easy-to-read symbols that indicate changes for dietary restrictions, as well as variations depending on your appliance—slow cooker, pressure cooker, and others!
Available for pre-order at amazon.com, $14.71
2. The Pumpkin Cookbook
The pumpkin reigns as fall’s favorite everything. But, did you know there are hundreds of different ways to cook, bake, and enjoy this seasonal squash, too? The second edition of The Pumpkin Cookbook offers up 139 different recipes, full-color photos, cooking tips and shortcuts, and also a detailed section on the best way to peel, cube, cut and bake a pumpkin. Our editor has already bookmarked her favorites, including creamy shrimp and rice, Tex-Mex chili, chocolate pumpkin cake and even pumpkin pannacotta!
Available at amazon.com, $11.52
3. Baking Class
Just in time for cozy winter days spent in the kitchen with the kids comes Baking Class, a sort-of sequel to the popular Cooking Class by author Deanna Cook (she’s also the content director at Kidstir!). The large, wire-bound book is filled with simple lessons (basic baking supplies, the tools you’ll need, kitchen safety, etc.), bright and cheery photos of kiddos baking up a storm, and has all kinds of recipes, not just sweet treats. You and your mini-bakers can make popovers, pizza dough, cupcakes, muffins and much more. And the coolest part? The bonus section at the back includes fun stuff like gift tags, stickers, bake sale signs and cut-out stencils!
Available at amazon.com, $13.26
4. Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite
Whether you and your crew are gluten free, paleo, vegetarian or just plain hungry, this refreshing take on slow-cooker meals is the ticket. Filled with different options for different diets, hacks, prep-ahead tips and more, you’ll find everything from classics to new and unusual ideas—crock pot creme brulee anyone?
Available at amazon.com, $14.95
5. Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family of Friends
This new release is a guide for what has become a holiday tradition in its own right—Friendsgiving (no crabby relatives to rub you the wrong way, yay!). From shopping tips to wine pairings and even music selection, this gorgeous guide will take all the stress out of planning a meal for your family of friends. And the best part? The 25 recipes included are gourmet enough to impress your guests, but not too fancy that you can’t pull it off: think Stuffing with Italian Sausage and Caramelized Fennel, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and more! There’s even a section that encourages you to think outside the box—Cuban cuisine? Sure! Modern Vegan? Why not!
Available at amazon.com, $10.17
Will you try any of these new cookbooks for fall? Share with us in a comment below.
— Gabby Cullen