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Cookbook Recommendations

Party-Perfect: 5 Must-Have Cookbooks to Elevate Your Gatherings

Hosting gatherings can be a breeze for some and for others it seems like an overwhelming task no matter if it’s family or friends. I personally love to host gatherings but I would be lying if I said it didn’t stress me out. A lot of the pressure I put on myself for having party-perfect gatherings is around what food to serve. I have found to rely on tried-and-true recipes that you enjoy. You don’t have to make a Michelin star meal for your guests to enjoy it. Instead pick recipes that you like and are comfortable making. A pretty plating can elevate any meal. Below are 5 cookbooks that will elevate your gatherings to party-perfect. 

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1. 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen, with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More
I love this cookbook and it took forever to get a copy since it kept selling out. All of these recipes will be a huge hit with your guests. When I was testing recipes my family kept eating the cookies and I was barely able to get my pictures! Check out my full review here to see more. 
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2. Cooking with Zac: Recipes From Rustic to Refined: A Cookbook
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried this cookbook, but the recipes are very easy to follow, yet they will give the impression to your guests that you took forever in making the meal. To read my full review of Cooking with Zac: Recipes From Rustic to Refined: A Cookbook click here
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3. Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming, the Official Cocktail Book
Of course most gatherings have a cocktail or two – what better way to celebrate than ones inspired by James Bond. Click here to read my full review of Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming, the Official Cocktail Book.
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4. Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook
A gorgeous pie can silent even the pickiest guests, and these are amazing. The recipes are very detailed, and a lot can be made ahead of time allowing you to relax a little more on party day.  Click here to read my full review of Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook.
Cover of The Well Plated Cookbook
5. The Well Plated Cookbook: Fast, Healthy Recipes You’ll Want to Eat
You may wonder why I included this cookbook of fast, healthy recipes on the party-perfect list. It’s because they are simple, delicious and can be easily served to your guests. Check out my full review here.  

Having party-perfect gatherings doesn’t mean that you are offering crazy complicated dishes that stress you out. It’s about making a fun, relaxing evening for you and your guests. Choosing recipes that you can replicate is more important than trying the most time-consuming dishes. Your guests want to be able to spend time with you and for you to enjoy the evening too. The 5 cookbooks above will create a great menu to start your party-perfect gatherings. 

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