New Cookbooks for the New Year

Resolution-ready or not, here it comes: 2021. Whether looking to adopt health-conscious habits or just recipe inspiration, here are some new books, including several by local authors.

Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food: Deliciously Doable Ways to Cook Greens, Tofu, and Other Plant-Based Ingredients, BY HSIAOCHING CHOU

In a follow-up to her successful Chinese Soul Food cookbook, Hsiao-Ching Chou, former food editor at the Seattle P.I. and featured on several cooking television series, shares her culinary expertise for popular plant-based Chinese dishes, as well as vegetarian-adapted recipes.

Mastering Mindful Eating: Transform Your Relationship with Food, Plus 30 Recipes to Engage the Senses, BY MICHELLE BABB

Seattle-based nutritionist and author Michelle Babb, who trained at Bastyr University, has written several books with a focus on mind-body nutrition. Her latest includes balanced, whole-food recipes along with developing a healthy, beneficial connection with food.

Easy Beans: Simple, Satisfying Recipes That are Good for You, Your Wallet, and the Planet, BY JACKIE FREEMAN

So maybe you panic-purchased more dry beans than you know what to do with, but no problem — get some delicious inspiration to showcase beans of all kinds in home cooking. Recipes covering appetizers, side dishes, and main courses will satisfy both nonmeat and meat-eaters alike.

Use it All: The Cornersmith Guide to Your Sustainable Home Kitchen, BY ALEX ELLIOT-HOWERY AND JAIMEE EDWARDS

The third cookbook by the Australian-based Cornersmith café and cooking school, this is a how-to guide and recipe collection designed to reduce food waste, utilize seasonal flavors, and adopt easy at-home practices to optimize a home kitchen and surrounding food systems.

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes & Food Stories, BY TREVOR LUI

A star on the Toronto culinary scene, Canadian chef and restauranteur Trevor Lui is sharing his cooking experience and food philosophy, intertwined with family memories and personal stories of his career in food, sprinkled among 88 recipes, the number associated with luck and good fortune.

Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy, BY SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS

Author Susan Herrmann Loomis was born in Seattle, but her heart belongs to Paris, having lived, worked, and taught in France, with over a dozen cookbooks to her name. Her latest is a focus on the bistro classic of a two-course meal, featuring one hearty main dish and a simple starter, side, or dessert; accessible for the busy home cook, with comfort-dish French appeal.

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