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The holiday season is practically here! While you may have some tried and true recipes, it’s also fun to mix it up. (Get it? Cooking … mixing … ) And that’s where our cookbook collection comes in.

We have a whopping 5,881 cookbooks occupying our shelves.

With so many cookbooks to choose from where do you start? Well, here’s what’s popular at our Library:

  • We have 95 cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen
  • Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s 14 cookbooks in our collection have been checked out a total of 899 times
  • The most popular cookbook in our collection is Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Secrets from the East Hampton Specialty Food Store for Simple Food and Party Platters You Can Make at Home

Looking for a more personal recommendation? A few of our staff members who love to cook (or bake!) were kind enough to share their favorite cookbooks.

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Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood : Stories & Recipes to Share with Family & Friends (2010)

by Trisha Yearwood

I like all of Trisha Yearwood's cookbooks and enjoy watching her Food Network cooking show. She makes comfort food just like my mom and both grandmas used to make. I recommend the recipe Bess London's Pecan Tassies. – Tamara S., Shelver

I Like You : Hospitality Under the Influence (2006)

by Amy Sedaris

Sedaris' humor is definitely not to everyone's taste, but her recipe for Greek Spaghetti is wonderful. – Kris M., Information Desk Assistant

Pies and Tarts : How to Make over 60 Scrumptious Pies and Tarts (2011)

by Carla Bardi

Each recipe is accompanied by a full page, colorful photo of the pastry. Two recipes in particular that I’m planning to try are the fruit tart, which looks beautiful and delicious and would look impressive for company; and the crème brulee tart, because my family loves crème brulee. – Susan M., Public Relations Manager

How to Cook Everything Fast : a Better Way to Cook Great Food (2014)

by Mark Bittman

I love all of Mark Bittman's cookbooks, especially his How to Cook/Grill/Bake Everything titles. The recipes are deceptively simple: just a few key ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions have made some of the best-tasting dishes that are now always on rotation at my house. I started with How to Cook Everything, moved to How To Cook Everything Fast after I had a kid and became short on time, and this past summer we bought a new grill and a copy of How to Grill Everything. They are the best! – Kate N., Programs & Outreach Manager

Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s : 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, Drinks, and More (2017)

by Addie Gundry

I’ve made the Chili Con Carne several times. I’ve also made chicken pot pie and a quiche, and even more that I’ve tried. It’s a great book just to reminisce with. – Kathy R., Shelver

Bob's Burgers Burger Book : Real Recipes for Joke Burgers (2016)

by Loren Bouchard

I love the real recipes based on the punny burger names often featured on the menu from one of my favorite shows. The If Looks Could Kale Burger is delicious and allowed me to successfully fake being a fancy burger chef. – Emily V., Fiction Manager