Ease your way into 2017 with a reissue of a long lost soul food cookbook, and a starred collection of weeknight pasta recipes.

A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's

By Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer (Grand Central Life & Style, Feb. 7)

A deep dive into the classic American dish, viewed through the culinary friendship of former New York Times chief restaurant critic Bruni, and New York Times correspondent Steinhauer. The book features meatloaf recipes from Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, as well as the authors’ own favorites. We starred it.


Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes

By Pamela Strobel (Rizzoli, Feb. 7)

A reissue of the soul food classic that's been out of print for nearly 40 years. Regulars at the late Strobel’s East Village eatery, Princess Pamela’s Little Kitchen, included Andy Warhol and Diana Ross, who flocked to the restaurant for her fried chicken and collard greens, among other favorites.

The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles

By Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed, Feb. 7)

This comprehensive guide to Vietnam’s aromatic comfort food delves into the history of the dish and offers many takes on how to make Pho at home.

Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly

By Colu Henry (Clarkson Potter, Feb. 28)

“Sophisticated, compromise-free recipes,” earned this guide to weeknight pasta earned a starred review. The book is an outgrowth of a hashtag Henry, former director of special projects for Bon Appetit magazine, created on Instagram, and the “introductory manifesto is an outline for success.”