These beautiful new cookbooks showcase Spring’s bountiful produce and herbs. 

Versatile Pesto

In her latest release, The Pesto Cookbook (Storey, 2018), Olwen Woodier, author of multiple cookbooks and owner of the Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School in Virginia, proves there’s more to pesto than just basil. Woodier shares 49 diverse and delicious pesto and sauce recipes using a range of fresh ingredients with flavors from around the globe, like Brazilian Tempero Puree; Peanut-Sesame Pesto; and Sweet Pepper, Almond and Chive Romesco. She also includes 67 creative recipes for cooking with pesto—in salads, snacks, entrées and even some desserts—to show the versatility of these simple sauces.

Get Olwen’s recipe for Peanut-Sesame Pesto.

Nurture Your Brain

For 20 years, Delia McCabe has been researching how food influences brain function. In Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook (Exisle, 2017), she provides a collection of 100 quick, easy and delicious recipes to keep the brain in tip-top shape. “Your brain is your primary survival organ; therefore it is also the hungriest and most nutrient-demanding organ that you possess,” she writes. Recipes include top brain foods, such as nuts and legumes (Pecan and Bean Burgers), colorful fruits and vegetables (Green and White Salad), and even dark chocolate (Chocolate Clusters).

Get Delia’s recipe for Pecan and Bean Burgers.

 

Restore Hormonal Balance

Millions of women suffer from symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, such as digestive issues, weight gain, anxiety and mood swings. In her new book Cooking for Hormone Balance (HarperOne, 2018), certified health coach and founder of Hormones & Balance (hormonesbalance.com) Magdalena Wszelaki provides a research-backed guide with detailed meal plans and 125 recipes full of hormone-supporting superfoods. Healing recipes include Zucchini Olive Muffins, Sweet Potato and Sage Pancakes, and a Decadent Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

Get Magdalena’s recipe for Sweet Potato and Sage Pancakes.

 

Feed the Family

Food blogger and Today food contributor Siri Daly knows how hard it is to prepare healthy meals for a family. In her new cookbook, Siriously Delicious (Oxmoor House, 2018), the busy mother of three has created 100 easy-to-follow recipes with accessible ingredients and simple cooking tips to make recipes both kid- and parent-friendly. Notables include lighter, healthier Chicken Parmigiana Burgers, Greek Nachos and a family favorite, Bacon Pizzadillas. There’s even an adults-only, happy hour-inspired section of fun mixed drinks.

Get Siri’s recipe for Chicken Parmigiana Burgers.