Chef and food blogger Mihaela Metaxa-Albu is giving cheese the center-stage attention it deserves in her new cookbook, I Heart Cheese (Page Street Publishing, November 2020, $19.99). Each page features vibrant photos of comfort food recipes for any mood—from bright and fresh Pear and Pecorino Salad, to indulgent Roquefort Chicken Gnocchi. If you’re feeling extra adventurous in the kitchen, try your hand at Mihaela’s guide to homemade ricotta or cream cheese and gain extra bragging rights at the dinner table.
THE NEW FONDUE COOKBOOK: FROM SAVORY ALE-SPIKED CHEDDAR FONDUE TO SWEET CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FONDUE, 100 RECIPES FOR FONDUE FUN!
Fire up the fondue set and gather your accoutrements. The New Fondue Cookbook (Adams Media, December 2020, $17.99) is bringing fresh ideas to your old-school melting pot. Standouts like Spiced Feta-Spinach Fondue and Queso Chili con Carne will warm you up from the inside out with gooey goodness. And don’t shy away from introducing cheese to the book’s sweeter fondue options too—like Bourbon and Butterscotch and Warm Berry Compote—which would warmly welcome a dipped cheese cube (or five).
If you started 2021 with the goal of implementing more eco-friendly initiatives in your everyday routine, you’re not alone; studies show that half of consumers in the U.S. alone are looking to alter their habits for a more sustainable future. That’s why Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards of Cornersmith cooking school in Australia teamed up to create Use It All (Murdoch Books, January 2021, $31.99), an easy-to-follow guide on building a sustainable home kitchen. Learn how to make the most of your produce, gather groceries that can stretch the limit, and make some delicious (read:cheesy) recipes to satisfy the whole family.
Jump headfirst into the history of soul food through Phoebe Bailey’s An African American Cookbook (Good Books, February 2021, $17.99). Bailey reflects the rich culture and history of her ancestors and those of the book’s contributors through the dishes that celebrate historic freedom and community. Immerse yourself in stories of resilience and enjoy hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes like Cornbread Sausage Stuffing and Yogurt and Chives Biscuits.
Whether you’re catering to dairy-free guests or just looking to add more produce to your diet, Vegan Boards (Harvard Common Press, February 2021, $24.99) offers inspiration for dozens of plant-based boards that will satisfy from breakfast to dessert. Vegan blogger Kate Kasbee provides step-by-step instructions, brightly colored photos, and even equipment and utensil guidance to make a healthy (and stunning) board for any occasion—like Post-Workout Lunch and Family Movie Night—that can be enjoyed with or without added fromage.