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Let’s Dish with Food Network’s Biggest Stars: New Books, New Recipes, Classic Favorites!

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The holidays are upon us and it is time, once again, to begin planning that perfect meal for family and friends! This week at Booktrib, we’re dusting off our oven mits and getting down and dirty with food.  One of the best resources for cook of all levels is Food Network. Whether you are a fan of their many competitive shows like Chopped, or you prefer to watch stars like Trisha Yearwood create regional cuisine that will make you look forward to gaining a few pounds over the holidays, we have compiled the best new cookbooks from some of Food Network’s most innovative stars. With a host of different styles and approaches to food, you are bound to find a recipe that will turn you into a Food Network Star!

Valerie’s Home Cooking, Valerie Bertinelli

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The star of her own tv show on Food Network, Valerie’s Home Cooking, and the co-host of Kid’s Baking Championship, actress Valerie Burton knows what she’s doing in the kitchen. This is Valerie’s second cookbook, and it has recipes that are every bit as delicious as the ones in the first. Quick, innovative, fun, and ridiculously good, and covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, sweets and sides, these meals are definitely going to become your go-tos.

Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to YoursAarón Sánchez

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Known for his time on Iron Chef America, and as co-star of Chopped, Aarón Sánchez has made himself the definitive expert when it comes to Mexican and Latin food. In his cookbook, instead of complicated, intimidating recipes, Sánchez shows you how to make simple recipes that are bursting with flavor! Mouthwatering dishes can be found on every single page of this cook, with new takes and updates on some of your classic favorites.

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die, Jet Tila

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Currently the chef of Pakpao Thai in LA, Jet Tila has been featured on Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Iron Chef America, just to name a few. In his first cookbook, he goes through more than a few mouthwatering recipes of your favorite foods, such as his Drunken Noodles, Panang Beef Curry, and Sweet Chili Sriracha Hot Wings. Easy to follow recipes, with food that’s so good to eat, we know you’ll love having this one in your kitchen.

A Taste of Italy: 100 Traditional, Homestyle Recipes, Damiano Carrara

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Starting out as a pastry chef, Damiano Carrara has appeared on the Food Network’s Spring Baking ChampionshipCutthroat Kitchen, and has served as a judge on other Food Network shows. Carrara learned how to cook from his mother, father, and grandmother, and now he brings to us some of his own homestyle family recipes, which include Pasta e Fagioli, and homemade gnocchi. Delicious, flavorful, and satisfying, this cookbook of homemade Italian dishes is sure to be a hit.


The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart, Alex Guarnaschelli

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Alex Guarnaschelli is not only known as the executive chef at Butter, in New York City, but also for her time on Chopped, and Iron Chef America. Here, she brings to us tried and true meals that she has prepared for her own family. This is a cookbook of modern American classics, full of delicious recipes that use fresh ingredients, with every dish guaranteed to be flavorful, bold, and easy enough for anyone to make right in their own home.



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Rachel Fogle De Souza was born and raised in Connecticut, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States, before attending college at the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she's not writing, she's reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

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