8 New Cookbooks That’ll Solve Your Meal Planning Problems

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The cold months of the winter season have arrived and (it feels like) there’s no end in sight. Give your hungry crew something to look forward to at the end of a chilly day with a slew of mouth-watering meals that don’t take too much time or prep. We found eight new cookbooks that range from simple but satisfying to halfway homemade, and each one of them has enough ideas to get you through ‘til spring. Keep reading to see which one fits your family best.

Halfway Homemade: Meals in a Jiffy

Parrish Ritchie, the blogger behind Life With The Crust Cut Off, has the answer to your busy weeknight schedule in her new cookbook, Halfway Homemade. Using shortcuts like ready-made biscuits or pizza dough, rotisserie chicken and frozen veggies, you can have amazing meals on the table (mini chicken pot pies, one-pot chicken alfredo mac, yum!) in 30 minutes or less.

Available at amazon.com, $16.32.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives

Ree Drummond’s latest offering has been released for less than a month, and it’s already got rave reviews, so you know it’ll be good. We like this one because it’s full of recipes that promise delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts for real families with real schedules. Plus, it’s heavy on the comfort food, which is exactly what cold weather calls for! The clincher? The under 20 minutes and sheet pan dinner sections are especially handy for those super busy evenings.

Available at amazon.com, $15.61.

Ella’s Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook

You already know and love Ella’s Kitchen, the organic baby and toddler food line. You’ll be head over heels for their latest cookbook offering: The Easy Family Cookbook. There are over 100 recipes that can be adapted from babies to adults, best bets for play dates, and even meals that keep well until everyone can sit down at the table. There’s also a pull-out meal planner to help you make it happen! The layout is bright and cheery, with kid-friendly graphics and sidebars filled with shortcuts, tips for getting the kids involved and more. We are especially excited to try the Dino ribs in Chinese sauce, deep South salmon and wedges and the special choc pots!

Available at amazon.com, $13.59.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

Your fave food blogger has just released her second cookbook, and it’s a winner (chicken dinner!). Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites has over 100 original and mostly new recipes from self-taught cook and mom Deb Perelman, so get ready to find new and exciting options to add to your rotation, like the three cheese pasta bake, skirt steak salad, and grandma-style chicken noodle soup!

Available at amazon.com, $20.97.

Cooking at Home with Bridget and Julia: America's Test Kitchen Hosts Share Their Favorites

If you watch America's Test Kitchen on the regular, then you’ll love this new offering. Filled with their favorite ways to feed friends and family, it has a good mix of straightforward recipes and tips and tricks that work for both beginning and experienced cooks. Plus, it's all put together with truly beautiful food photography. For a personal touch, you’ll find charming anecdotes from both Bridget and Julia!

Available at amazon.com, $22.48.

Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers

Got an aspiring foodie at home? Add Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers to their holiday gift list. Aimed at serious chefs ages 8 - 13 (but totally okay for beginning adult bakers, too), this new release is a crash course in baking from start to finish. Kids will also get tips for prep and setup in the “did you know” section, hands-on lessons and over 75 recipes that include fun baked goods like roasted strawberry shortcakes, buttermilk chive biscuits, s’mores bars and more!

Available at amazon.com, $10.15.

Real Life Kosher Cooking

Want to start cooking Kosher? Consider snapping up a copy of Real Life Kosher Cooking by Overtime Cook food blogger Miriam Pascal. She has a Pesach substitutions guide, provides solutions to all the fancy equipment you may have thought you needed to cook Kosher, tips on how to plan ahead and over 160 recipes that will quickly become family favorites.

Available at amazon.com, $28.10.

Holiday Slow Cooker: 100 Incredible and Festive Recipes for Every Occasion

You wish you could use your slow cooker for all your holiday meals. And now—you can! With this new and exciting cookbook from Your Homebased Mom blogger Leigh Anne Wilkes, there’s a recipe for every holiday and tons for those in-between days, too. Cranberry Balsamic Pork Loin Roast for Christmas? Sounds great. Lemon Pull-Apart Biscuits for Easter Brunch and Roasted Summer Veggies for the 4th of July? Sign us up. The cookbook is organized into the holidays, and even includes apps and starters for any other party you might have, just because.

Available at amazon.com, $14.71.

Will you try one of these new cookbooks? Share with us in a Comment below! 

— Gabby Cullen


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