The cookbook mantle

Whether it’s romantic dinner for two, an array of hors ‘oeuvres for 20+, or a full dinner party around the table, we look to cookbooks to create a menu tailored for every occasion. Here are some favorites that will have you covered whatever you’re cooking needs: sweet and savory and enjoying for one or for the masses that also happen to make a beautiful, fun read.

Diana Yen and The Jewels of New York put together, A Simple Feast, a beautiful cookbook cleverly organized by the seasons.

We had the chance to go to a book signing for A Simple Feast at the DUMBO POWERHOUSE Arena where there was a delicious spread with some highlights from the book. Also, be sure to check out Cleo the Bunny, the Instagram sensation and pet bunny of the team.

The Chelsea Market is a gourmet food court and shopping mall with rotating sample sales from the likes of Theory and Rag & Bone, as well as artisanal boutiques. This amalgamation of the array of eateries within the Chelsea Market Cookbook ranging from the Lobster Place to the Doughnuttery makes for a great cookbook to prepare bites for big parties — appetizers, hors d’oeuvres or sweet samplings.

Last but not least, The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings is an exceptional cookbook for gathering around the dinner table. It is an international adventure through recipes with thoughtful musings on enjoying life and the good foods from the earth. If you’re not a subscriber already, I recommend checking out Kinfolk Mag. Their vision has become an adjective and style barometer in this house. P.S. the Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse was a major hit.

Happy cooking!