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3 Cookbooks for Spring

Three new cookbooks to boost your recipe repertoire in 2018.

By Rebecca Heaton

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From healthy, homemade beverages to slow-cooker soups, mains and dessert recipes, we’ve got a selection of cookbooks that will inspire you to try something new this Spring. 

Nurture Yourself from a Glass

Drinks are wonderful wellness tools because most are easy to make and easy to consume. In Healing Tonics, Juices, and Smoothies (Skyhorse, 2017), author Jessica Jean Weston, a holistic health coach and owner of Superfresh! Organic Café in Vermont, shares 100-plus flavorful and healthful drinks, including herbal teas, hot elixirs, smoothies and fermented concoctions. Just in time to accommodate New Year’s resolutions, the book also features three nourishing cleanses, with recipes for detoxing and hitting the reset button.

Get the Sore Throat Soother recipe from this book. 

Slow-Cooker Ideas

More than 80 percent of U.S. households use slow cookers. Stock the Crock (Oxmoor House, 2017), by New York Times best-selling cookbook author Phyllis Good, offers 100-plus delicious recipes to make in a slow cooker, as well as 200 easy-to-follow variations for dietary preferences, such as gluten-free, paleo and vegan. Enticing recipes include Lasagna in a Soup Bowl, Maple Brushed Salmon and Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee. With this book, you can spend more time with family and friends while dinner is cooking.

For Family and Friends

Inspired by her Italian family’s cooking legacy, Valerie Bertinelli, award-winning actress, best-selling author and Food Network personality, shares more than 100 flavorful and nonfussy recipes in her new cookbook Valerie’s Home Cooking (Oxmoor House, 2017). “This book is filled with dishes that I personally love and share daily with family and friends,” she writes. Bertinelli shares a story behind every recipe, including how she made meatloaf for her son Wolfie every Thursday (now Turkey Meatloaf Burgers), along with entertaining anecdotes and cooking tips and tricks.

Get Valerie’s recipe for Homemade Cannoli


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