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Zao Fan: Breakfast of China

Ambitious home cooks and armchair travelers alike will appreciate the insight and information Zee provides about the Chinese take on the most important meal of the day.

Milk Street 365: The All-Purpose Cookbook for Every Day of the Year

Both newbie cooks and old hands in the kitchen will want a copy of this smartly written cookbook that delivers a year’s worth of delicious dishes and invaluable culinary insight.

Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes To Enjoy and Share

Few home cooks will be able to resist indulging in Bertinelli’s latest book, which exhibits the same non-cheffy, warm, welcoming approach to cooking found in Ina Garten’s and Rachael Ray’s equally popular cookbooks.

One of Us Knows

Cole mixes a spooky, isolated setting with a hint of the gothic and a storyline that isn’t afraid to tackle tough social issues, and creates a book that is both entertaining and insightful.

Stuzzichini: The Art of the Italian Snack

While Anna Francese Gass’s excellent Italian Snacking covers some of the same culinary ground, cooks interested in fully exploring the wonderful world of Italian snacks will find Ferrari’s engagingly written and immensely informative guide irresistible.

Gennaro’s Verdure: Over 80 Vibrant Italian Vegetable Dishes

Even with the bumper crop of excellent plant-based cookbooks available like Nick Sharma’s Veg-Table, readers will want to consider making room for this exuberant, enthusiastic guide to cooking vegetables with a bit of Italian flair.

Classic French Recipes

An excellent, encouraging introduction to French home cooking by an author who combines the best culinary qualities of Gallic versions of Irma Rombauer and Fannie Farmer, with just a dash of Ratatouille’s beloved Chef Gusteau.

Sam the Cooking Guy and the Holy Grill: Easy & Delicious Recipes for Outdoor Grilling & Smoking

Even among other excellent guides, like How To Grill Everything by Mark Bittman and Smokin’ Hot in the South by Melissa Cookston, Zien’s exuberantly written cookbook will encourage readers to let out their inner caveperson and throw something tasty on the barbie.

Wild Sugar: Seasonal Sweet Treats Inspired by the Mountain West

Bakers with some experience in the kitchen, especially fans of the Pioneer Woman brand of cookbooks, will find both culinary and philosophical inspiration in this sweet debut.

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