This spring and summer, Taste of Home has something for everyone, from home cooks to experienced chefs. With the Taste of Home All-American Cookbook, readers will find hundreds of recipes that take the guesswork out of preparing traditional favorites, from apple pie to Southern fried chicken. All-American includes dinnertime favorites such as meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and pot roast surrounded by rich savory gravy. This iconic cookbook also serves up our nation’s regional foods made famous by travelers from across the country, including New York cheesecake, Detroit-style pizza, Philly cheesesteaks, and New England clam chowder.
“It’s like taking a road trip or a tasting tour without leaving your kitchen,” says Taste of Home content director Mark Hagen. “We filled the book with 370 iconic dishes home cooks rely on. From all-American hamburgers to apple brown betty, readers will find the comforting classics and regional recipes that make America so delicious.”
For cooks looking to up their culinary game from the traditional to the sublime, Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook teaches readers the basics of good cooking, whether starting from scratch for beginners or tweaking the skills of an experienced home cook. With 181 recipes, how-to photos, step-by-step instructions, and test-kitchen tips, readers will be able to finesse the most flavor from ingredients and learn to master sauces that will impress guests. An added benefit is 40 QR codes that, when scanned, allow readers to watch the Taste of Home Test Kitchen staff put together recipes from the cookbook.
“Adding QR codes to Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook was a great opportunity to help readers,” says Hagen. “The book features the dishes, tips, techniques, and methods every home cook should know, so offering how-to videos and additional recipes via digital content made perfect sense. No matter how experienced someone is in the kitchen, they’re going to find smart and time-saving tips, along with how-to photos that walk cooks through various methods and techniques to make their cooking better.”
Having worked at Taste of Home for more than two decades, Hagen has tested and tasted hundreds of recipes from cooks nationwide. It's a part of the job that he says never gets old.
“All Taste of Home cookbooks feature recipes shared by today’s home cooks,” Hagen says. “From experienced pros to kitchen newbies, everyone has recipes they turn to regularly. We’re so honored that these cooks send those cherished recipes to us to share with the world.”
All-American Summer Fare
Taste of Home What Can I Bring? picks up on the all-American tradition of get-togethers, whether family or holiday, bridal or baby shower, barbecue or tailgate, providing 360 make-and-take dishes meant to serve a crowd and travel well. Whether for elegant cocktail parties or potluck dinners, each recipe is tailored to a gathering. And Taste of Home even offers tips on what not to bring to a celebration.
“Never bring an item that’s going to tax the time of your host or hostess,” Hagen says. “Don’t bring something that needs lots of assembly onsite. Don’t plan on frosting a cake in the host’s kitchen during the party. Bring something that’s largely ready to set out. Those are the sorts of recipes readers will find in Taste of Home What Can I Bring?”
And for those summer gatherings or family dinners when even the thought of turning on an oven makes us reach for a glass of iced tea, The Cool Kitchen Cookbook takes the heat out of cooking. This book offers perfect summer salads, no-bake cookies, and refreshing fruit smoothies along with complete nutrition information for every recipe. The Cool Kitchen Cookbook also includes easy-to-prepare recipes designed for kitchen appliances like slow cookers, air fryers, and instant pots, along with step-by-step instructions and prep and cook timelines for those who are on a schedule or even those of us who are intimidated by these appliances. Of course, all Taste of Home cookbooks include a host of full-color photos, as well as the tips and Test Kitchen secrets from the experts that make these cookbooks the taste of America.