Books are essential to have in every home. They make bedtimes easier, help us unwind from our hectic day, and can even be conversation pieces when guests come over. Books can also be useful when entertaining. We have compiled a list of our favorite books ideal for for when family or friends come to visit. Whether you just closed on your first home or are looking for a personal housewarming gift, there is something on this list to suit anyone. Get togethers just got easier!
For Smaller Get Togethers
This book is part kitchen manual, part cookbook and created with two-person household in mind. The authors worked to scale down the trickiest dishes, including desserts. Cooking for Two gives readers creative solutions for “foolproof and delicious meals”. This book is a great option for the who know their way around the kitchen and those who are just now getting acquainted with it.
Just the Two of Us
This book has an overall chic aesthetic and again, ideal for small households. It gives you access to 100+ recipes from some of the most innovative chefs, bakers, & even food stylists. Cherry Bombe is perfect for the young professional or the you like to keep up with the trends. Dinner that is both delicious and Instagram worthy? That’s a win for all.
For the Smaller Group
Dining In oﬀers readers 125 recipes that are eﬀortlessly beautiful dishes and best of all, full of quick-trick techniques. We deﬁnitely recommend this book for the busy , “no-nonsense” professional. The inside is clean, minimalistic and easy to read.
For the Love of Grilling
When You Need to Impress
Martha Stewart’s Eating Clean was phenomena! So you can imagine our excitement when we found out about this one. In this book she follows her usual style of providing essential tips and techniques, helpful for both experienced outdoor cooks and those not so experienced using a grill. You can ﬁnd traditional recipes like like pulled-pork sandwiches alongside recipes with that Martha Stewart twist.
With more than 250 recipes and tips, the authors weren’t joking when they called it the Ultimate Grilling Cookbook. This book is perfect for those who love to grill and for “foodies”. They have delicious, unique recipes such as the Green Chile Cheeseburger as well as traditional recipes like Chicken Kabobs.
Prepare your tastebuds for 72 of the tastiest recipes with country ﬂair! The author drew inspiration from cities like Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, and even Cleveland to create this masterpiece. Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire oﬀers guidance on working with diﬀerent styles of grills and smokers, and choosing aromatic woods for smoking. This book is a must have for those who consider themselves “grill masters”.
For the Pop Culture Fanatics
Learn Step By Step
We have all saved one (or more) of Tasty’s videos when we came across them on our Facebook page. Thats is why we all rejoiced when Tasty created and put together 150 recipes. This book helps the reader master the cooking basics and make food for all to love. From vegetarian snacks to crowd-pleasing desserts, this book is a must-have for the more novice cook who loves to entertain.
Chrissy Teigen, and her tweets, are currently part of pop-culture but her cookbooks are all business. Her recipes are guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters. She adds her personal touch to each recipe and that is what makes this book stand out. For those who are fans, stores like Barnes & Noble even oﬀer autographed versions of this book!
Cozy Home Cooked Meals
Home remodeling shows have become our fountain of inspiration for all this is home decor. Now Joanna Gaines shares 125 classic recipes from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She made sure to include small plates, snacks, and desserts. Magnolia Table is for those who love American classics.
For Those Who Prefer Dessert For Dinner
This book shares Christina Tosi’s fantastic desserts recipes.Recipes featuring a modern twist on childhood classics to create desserts such as the compost cookie, crack pie, and cereal milk ice cream. Every dessert connoisseur needs to have this collection in their home!
Love Bake Nourish is for the health conscious who still love dessert. Author, Amber Rose, uses fruit and honey to give sweetness while substituting unbleached ﬂour for other options such as buckwheat, spelt, and rye. Amber creates traditional desserts like Spiced Carrot Cake with a crumb topping, cupcakes, and Coconut & Passion Fruit Tart with more natural ingredients.
Oh la la…
Tartine is the most useful dessert book for entertaining. Guests will be amazed by these delicious and seemingly intricate recipes. Luckily, the authors created this book with easy-to-follow recipes for the home kitchen.
For the Literary Obsessed
Modern Day Drinks
This book is deﬁnitely a conversation starter. If you are planning on having a dinner party, this is a must-have. 60 of the world's most inspirational women are the inspiration behind this cool and fun collection of drink recipes. Free the Tipple has drinks inspired trailblazing women who mad waves in their respective ﬁelds, including Frida Kahlo, Serena Williams, Virginia Woolf, Zaha Hadid, Marlene Dietrich, Zadie Smith, and more
Classic drinks such as the Black Russian and Dry Martini lend way to Harry Potter inspired drinks like Snape's Overﬂowing Cauldron. Harry Potter fans needs this in their collection! Each recipe contains a basic list of ingredients with simple instructions and even suggestions on which glasses to serve these drinks in. It’s magical!
This book is as witty as the title sounds. Tequila Mockingbird features 65 drink recipes with “wry commentary on history's most beloved novels”. This book is perfect for game night or get together since it also showcases bar bites, drinking games, and more.