6 Books We’re Reading This Winter

Six books we can't put down this season.

Photo by Monica Buck.

The One-Bottle Cocktail
Maggie Hoffman, the founding drinks editor of seriouseats.com, has concocted 80-plus inventive libations that rely on a single type of booze – no bitters, vermouths, or liqueurs required. Rum meets up with honey, lime, and horseradish, while rye whiskey gets a kick from spicy chai tea and a splash of balsamic. ($22; Ten Speed Press)

Chloe Flavor
Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli delivers plant-based dishes so complex you’ll never notice how far down the food chain you’re eating. Among the standouts: Coconut Falafel Sliders with Mango Salsa and Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce. ($28; Clarkson Potter)

Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix
You’ll find acres of inspiration for your spring potager fantasies in this guide from the host of The Weekend Gardener radio show. Jabbour recommends 224 under-the-radar edibles, including amaranth greens, celtuce, and Tokyo bekana. ($20; Storey)

The Wildcrafting Brewer
Urban naturalist Pascal Baudar’s second title demonstrates how to make manzanita cider and beer-like kvass (a fermented Slavic quaff that incorporates rye bread) using berries, barks, and other foraged elements. ($30; Chelsea Green)

One Knife, One Pot, One Dish
Parisian cookbook author Stéphane Reynaud distills French fare into 150 rustic bistro classics – coq au vin, pot-au-feu, cÁ´te de boeuf – that you can prep in roughly 10 minutes, then leave to simmer, braise, or bake. ($30; Abrams)

The Healing Slow Cooker
Jennifer Iserloh cut her teeth as a private chef for celebs (Annie Leibovitz and Jerry Seinfeld) – a health-obsessed population known for expecting the impossible and getting it. Here, she marries high-octane superfoods (such as mushrooms, ginger, and turmeric) with the comfort of a Crock-Pot, yielding 60 recipes, including Peppery Lamb Vindaloo with Cherries, Shredded Cinnamon Beef Chili with Black Beans, and Orange-Chipotle Shrimp in Butter Lettuce Cups. ($25; Chronicle)

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