With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted some inspiration for holiday meals.  Thankfully, there are some new cookbooks that are full of great ideas.

The New Essentials Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Better Cooking from America’s Test Kitchen, Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker, and Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou provide a wide range of creative approaches to entertaining.

FeastPublisher’s Summary: A richly colorful and exceptionally varied cookbook of timeless recipes from across the Islamic world.

In Feast, award-winning chef Anissa Helou—an authority on the cooking of North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East—shares her extraordinary range of beloved, time-tested recipes and stories from cuisines throughout the Muslim world.

Helou has lived and traveled widely in this region, from Egypt to Syria, Iran to Indonesia, gathering some of its finest and most flavorful recipes for bread, rice, meats, fish, spices, and sweets. With sweeping knowledge and vision, Helou delves into the enormous variety of dishes associated with Arab, Persian, Mughal (or South Asian), and North African cooking, collecting favorites like biryani or Turkish kebabs along with lesser known specialties such as Zanzibari grilled fish in coconut sauce or Tunisian chickpea soup. Suffused with history, brought to life with stunning photographs, and inflected by Helou’s humor, charm, and sophistication, Feast is an indispensable addition to the culinary canon featuring some of the world’s most inventive cultures and peoples.

I believe there is something for almost everyone in these three new cookbooks.

Happy reading and happy cooking!  Susan C.

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