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The Best Cookbooks of 2014

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

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Extremely popular vegan food blogger Angela Liddon will help you glow from the inside out (like The 25 Sexiest Vegan and Vegetarian Celebrities) with more than 100 recipes. Whether you’re looking for vegan weeknight staples, party food, or dessert, you’ll find a delicious recipes in Liddon’s pages. ($25, amazon.com

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Carla’s Comfort Foods

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Take a culinary tour around the world with Carla Hall as she spins her favorite international meals into comfort food classics. Whether you’re looking for a twist on tomato soup or your next go-to casserole, Hall has you covered. ($30, amazon.com)

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Plenty More

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No one makes vegetables look quite as drool-worthy as Yotam Ottolenghi. In this follow-up to Plenty, you’ll find more than 150 recipes organized by cooking method. ($35, amazon.com

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Easy Gourmet

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Stephanie Le, author of the popular i am a food blog makes good on the promise in this book’s title. Her recipes, from soy milk doughnuts to Vietnamese pork sliders, are do-able and delicious, and the photography is gorgeous. ($22, amazon.com) (And be sure to check out this Easy Dinner Idea: Cook in a Parchment Bag.)

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Thug Kitchen

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Get your vegan recipes with a dose of humor. The authors of the popular food blog, who aim to take the pretentiousness out of healthy eating, came out with their first cookbook this year (and yes, it’s full of swear words—so it's a better gift for your veggie-loving BFF than your great aunt). ($25, amazon.com)

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Vibrant Food

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The Year in Food blogger Kimberley Hasselbrink has organized her gorgeous cookbook by season and then by ingredient, ensuring that you’ll want to cook from it all year long. From a Celebration Salad (winter) to Apricot and Chicken Salad with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette (summer), her recipes will keep you excited about your farmer’s market haul each month. ($25, amazon.com

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The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

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This update to Deborah Madison’s 1997 veggie classic has more than 1,600 recipes (including 200+ new ones), and will teach vegetarians and omnivores alike how to cook vegetables to perfection. ($40, amazon.com) Choose the right vino for your dinner with these 8 Wine Pairings for Plant-Based Dishes.

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The Skinnytaste Cookbook

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Gina Homolka’s low-cal recipes taste almost too good to be true. Whether you’re cooking up her Caliente Bean and Queso Dip or Mongolian Beef and Broccoli, you’ll do a double-take when you check out the nutrition stats. ($30, amazon.com)

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Afro–Vegan

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The recipes in Bryant Terry’s book blend the flavor-packed tastes of African, Caribbean, and Southern dishes—and are vegan to boot. Music lovers, take note: Each recipe is paired with soundtrack recommendations. ($28, amazon.com)

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How to Cook Everything Fast

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Mark Bittman writes recipes in a way that makes them simple and quick. Making his dishes (there are over 2,000 to choose from) will teach you to be a more efficient and intuitive cook—while helping you whip up delicious and creative meals. ($35, amazon.com) For more Mark Bittman, see The Top 5 Recipes Every Woman Should Know

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Marcus Off Duty

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Ever wonder what chefs cook at home? Take a peek inside Marcus Samuelsson’s culinary home life with this cookbook, full of recipes with his special blend of international flavors. ($35, amazon.com)

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The Kitchn Cookbook

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Go to cooking school in your own home with lessons from the authors of the popular site The Kitchn. The pages include kitchen problem solving, how-tos, and 150 new and classic recipes. ($33, amazon.com)

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