For centuries, culinary magic has been found within the pages of cookbooks. You could open a page and find spells for hearty soups, delectable desserts and mouth-watering meals. Today, many of us tend to click to the nearest website or blog (like this one!) for meal prep ideas, but actual cookbooks still hold a special place in our hearts.
Here are 5 of the best cookbooks that’ll help you find inspiration for fall-time dishes!
Slow Cooker by Martha Stewart Living
For those really busy days, slow cookers have you completely covered. With just a bit of prep in the morning, you can have a hot, delicious meal by the time everyone pulls into the driveway at the end of the day.
This cookbook features two sure-fire winners: slow cookers (which we know a thing or two about!) and recipes from Martha Stewart.
Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
In addition to slow cookers, modern technology has given us kitchen appliances like instant pots, pressure cookers and rice cookers — all of which help make mealtime a little bit easier without sacrificing flavor!
Melissa Clark, a seasoned food journalist from the New York Times, has put together a book of 75 recipes that you can whip up in no time at all!
Half-Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard
Fall cuisine can often be described as having a bit of a rustic touch, and recipes from the pages of Tieghan Gerard’s cookbook, Half-Baked Harvest, bring rustic flavors to life!
Since she was just 15 years old, Gerard was the head chef in her family. Meal after meal, she was hard at work in her family’s Colorado cabin, preparing large, flavorful meals for her family of nine. The mountainous setting inspired a lot of her recipes, which lend themselves nicely to the fall season.
Lomelino’s Pies by Linda Lomelino
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that pies are just around the bend, too! Traditional Thanksgiving feasts feature a wide selection of decadent pies of all types: pumpkin pies, pecan pies, apple pies, sweet potato pies, cranberry pies and Grandma’s special pie!
This book by Swedish food photographer Linda Lomelino will give you a whole list of options to pick from when you’re trying to decide which pie to bake and bring to the Turkey Day feast.
Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan
When you think cookbooks, you’re most likely to think of recipes for food. But don’t forget about drink recipes!
Jim Meehan, a world-class bartender, spills some of his best-kept secrets into this book. Not only will you be able to impress people with a recipe from one of the above cookbooks, you’ll be able to pair it with a cocktail from Meehan’s Bartender Manual.
As much as we love a good recipe, sometimes you just want someone else to do the cooking. We know a favorite spot that features all your fall favorites: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen! We have a variety of made-from-scratch meals, such as our Country Fried Chicken or our New Orleans Pasta, that will satisfy that need for robust taste and a filling meal.