Spring Has Sprung: Get Cooking!

It is that time of year when some enjoy spring cleaning but, for me, the warm weather makes me want to cook! With Mother's Day and Memorial Day approaching, there are plenty of opportunities to entertain guests or your family in the coming months. Whether you need some ideas to spark your creativity in the kitchen or you are looking for some simple, fresh and invigorating recipes perfect for spring, take a look at some of our best new cookbooks!
Bowls; Naturally
Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals by Carolynn Carreño
Food bowls have been rising in popularity. Ever heard of a Smoothie Bowl? While you might not quite understand the concept, Bowls of Plenty offers recipes for one-dish meals that make delicious sense. Using whole grains, such as quinoa, farro, millet, and spelt as the foundation of each recipe, author Carolynn Carreño shows how you can transform grains, from breakfast bowls to salads to decadent deserts. One of these bowls will suit any craving while also having the health benefits of eating whole-grain.

Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton
From the author of My Roots, you will love Sarah Britton’s Naturally Nourished. The book is filled with fabulous vegetarian recipes and techniques accompanied by gorgeous photography. You will find it hard to resist trying one of these wholesome recipes. Even if you are not vegetarian, Naturally Nourished will show you how easy it is to cook with natural and delicious ingredients. Bright, fresh and perfect for a spring day!
Dinner; Master
Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clarke
Dinner just got easier. Thinking of what to make for dinner can get boring and, when you have to think of different ways to recycle your usual dinner repertoire, it can get overwhelming. Melissa Clarke’s Dinner gives you creative ideas and tips to jazz up your old favorites or try new dishes, all without the usual stress. Clarke brings dinner back under your control with her simple yet incredibly delicious recipes bursting with flavor. With recipes like pomegranate chicken with walnut butter and jalapeño-honey steak, dinner will never be boring again! Try one of these recipes for Mother’s Day!

Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-Rated Gadgets, Gear, and Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips and Fascinating Food Science by America’s Test KitchenNever felt like you could handle grilling, or maybe you need some tips on how to step up your grilling game? Master of the Grill provides awesome recipes and techniques for grilling, from the basics to “serious projects.” America’s Test Kitchen illustrates food science in a way that is engaging and easy to follow. You will feel confident enough to try out some of their amazing recipes, like the perfect grilled hamburger. Fire up those grills for Memorial Day!

Have fun and dig into these awesome resources for incredible recipes. Let us know in the comments if you tried any recipes from these books or share your own favorite spring recipes!

—Isabel, Ewing Branch


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