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Celebrity chefs, tastemakers and style legends make our list for inspiring ideas for cooking and entertaining / BY Cynthia Ross Cravit / November 1st, 2020


Celebrity chefs, tastemakers and style legends all make our list when it comes to inspiration for cooking and entertaining at home. Whether it’s for a virtual dinner party or your next Zoom Book Club bash, we’ve got you covered.

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1>Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbookby Ina Garten

From the massively popular, award-winning Food Network host, this collection of soul-satisfying recipes are inspired by some of Garten’s favourite childhood dishes but, as the title suggests, come with a thoroughly delicious modern twist.


2>The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbookby Marcus Samuelsson

In a celebration of modern Black cooking in America, bestselling author, chef and TV star Marcus Samuelsson gathers 150 recipes that honour his own culinary journey as well as dozens of other influential Black chefs, writers, and food activists.


3>An Entertaining Storyby India Hicks

Entertainment guru India Hicks’s latest book An Entertaining Story covers dreamy tablescapes, recipes and cocktails, all served with a side of celebrity and royals. She is, after all, the daughter of celebrated designer David Hicks and granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, making her around 700th in the line to the throne.


4>Golden Girls Cookbook: More than 90 Delectable Recipes from Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophiaby Christopher Styler

Served with a hefty side of nostalgia, the Golden Girls Cookbook features  photos and fun quotes from the show, along with innovative recipes inspired by the TV show’s characters. Expect Italian dishes like Mussels Fra Diavolo from Sophie, Southern cooking – with a dash of bourbon – from Blanche and Scandinavian classics like St. Olaf’s Friendship Cake from Rose, not to mention not one but three cheesecake recipes.


5>True Comfort: More Than 100 Cozy Recipes Free of Gluten and Refined Sugar: A Gluten Free Cookbookby Kristin Cavallari

Healthy comfort food? We say that’s a win-win. Following her best-selling cookbook True Roots, reality-TV star Cavallari turns her attention to dishes that satisfy our deepest foodie cravings without the guilt.


6>Entertaining Beautifullyby Aerin Lauder

This elegant entertaining book from the granddaughter of Estée Lauder  shows how we can bring beauty, style and joy into not just milestone events and holidays, but everyday moments and meals.


7>A Home for All Seasons: Gracious Living and Stylish Entertainingby Danielle Rollins

This primer on stylish living and entertaining from the author of the bestselling Soirée Entertaining with Style provides practical advice and design inspiration to keep your home beautifully humming from room to room, as well as tips for stress-free table settings and entertaining.


8>Mastering Bread: The Art and Practice of Handmade Sourdough, Yeast Bread, and Pastryby Marc Vetri, Claire Kopp McWilliams and David Joachim 

Home-baked bread has always been amazing, if you could only find the time to do it. But now it’s gone mainstream and this cookbook, from masters of the artisan bread movement, is a comprehensive guide with recipes and tips for making bakery-worthy loafs at home.


9>Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidenceby Claire Saffitz

Sweet dreams are made of these. From the Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes, Saffitz’s creative and meticulously tested recipes aim to turn “just cooks” into “bakers who have been converted.”


10>Delish Ultimate Cocktails: Why Limit Happy to an Hour?by Joanna Saltz

Shake (or stir) things up with these 100 creative and easy cocktail and mocktail recipes from the editors of the online foodie destination Delish.


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