The holiday season is indeed a culinary Olympics for home cooks, and it's the perfect time to showcase your cooking skills and create memorable feasts for your family and friends.

Dusting off those aprons and diving into cookbooks is a fantastic way to prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's celebrations. Here are some classic and popular cookbooks that can help you take your hosting skills to the next level.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook & Entertaining Guide by Tim Burton

Who says that spooky season and Christmas can't be besties? Not this official Nightmare Before Christmas cookbook and entertaining guide, that's for sure. This Gem is perfect for any spooky babe or Chris Kringle wanting to add a little magic to their entertainment skills this holiday season. With spooktacular recipes and decorating tips the Grinch would envy, this is the perfect guide for a first-time host.

Baking For the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer

Next up on the list is a pick for all our sweet lovers out there. Cookies for Santa aren't the only sweet treats we'll be baking this year if Sarah Kieffer has anything to say about it. Each recipe in this book is one decadent dessert after another certified to keep your dentist very busy because neither you nor your guests will be able to stop at just one taste of these sweets. Filled with easy-to-follow recipes and photos, Baking for the Holidays is a novice bakers greatest asset this party season.

The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry

Now that we've had dessert before dinner, it's time for our savory fans to have their palates tempted. The Full Plate is perfect for a low-key dinner between you and your loved ones. From cocktail recipes to lamb chops, Ayesha Curry has crafted a well rounded cookbook that gets you out of those weekly meal ruts and into feeling like the next celebrity chef in your own home.

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg

There is literally nothing that Uncle Snoop cannot do at this point and this cookbook is proof of that. His book is just like him. Down to earth, laid back and amazing. The recipes are beginner friendly and are great for either a dinner for one or as a family meal night. Mixed with humor and some deliciously familiar treats that begin breakfast and end with a nightcap, Uncle Snoop has got all your taste buds covered with From Crook to Cook.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Carla Hall's Soul Food Everyday and Celebrate

Carla Hall's cookbook is like having your mom right there on the counter guiding you through your favorite meals. This Cookbook is comfort food with a modern flare to its core. No book could be better if you're looking for comfort foods during the chilly season. Add to that Carla Hall also provides some great recipes for family get-togethers and you might just find your copy missing and miraculously in your mom's kitchen on your next visit home.

Remember to plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list, and practice some of the recipes before the big day to ensure a successful and stress-free holiday season. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, these cookbooks will help you create wonderful dishes that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds. Happy cooking and happy holidays!

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