best new entertaining cookbooks fall 2019
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Among all the new fall cookbooks, there are many that look like a lot of fun, but these entertaining cookbooks are especially perfect for parties. When you have something to celebrate (big or small)—or are looking for a good excuse to have a great time—these will come in handy.

“The Art of the Host: Recipes and Rules for Flawless Entertaining” by Alex Hitz, $45 on Amazon

Alex Hitz party host cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 10, 2019

This book from author, award-winning chef, event designer, and master host (dubbed “the very best host in the world” by the Wall Street Journal, in fact) Alex Hitz, is your go-to guide for all things entertaining. There are 12 celebration-worthy plans including full menus and expert tips for every occasion from Thanksgiving to Easter, and staple recipes everyone should have in their repertoire (including a perfect vinaigrette and homemade mayonnaise, because the details matter when you want to impress). You’ll be able to to host everything from intimate dinners to crowd-pleasing parties with confidence and style, and there are also tips on how to be a great guest at other people’s gatherings (which is its own underappreciated art form).Buy Now

“Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events from Mickey Mouse to Moana!” by Amy Croushorn, $26.99 on Amazon

Disney party cookbook 2019


Publish Date: September 24, 2019

Disney fans span all age groups, and this official guidebook for magical parties with various Disney themes is anything but kid stuff. That said, any eight year old would doubtless be just as delighted to have Ariel’s Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies at their birthday party as an OG “Little Mermaid” fan would be to serve them at their bridal shower. You’ll find Instagram-worthy decorating ideas and recipes inspired by various Disney films (including “Moana,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” and “Aladdin”) for various occasions from baby showers and brunches to dinner parties and family movie night—but you can easily mix and match bits and pieces to enjoy whenever you like, so your kitchen on an average Friday night can feel like the happiest place on earth.Buy Now

“Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple” by Paul Kahan with Rachel Holtzman, $35 on Amazon

Good Times easy party cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Though Paul Kahan is a lauded, multiple award winning Chicago chef (of Blackbird and avec, among other celebrated spots), he loves hosting parties at home and makes a point of making them relaxed affairs he can actually enjoy. Luckily for the rest of us, he’s sharing his playbook for doing the same in your own home, with a plethora of party-ready recipes that are low-stress but totally satisfying, including hearty roasts, braises, root vegetables, grain salads (with interesting add-ins like roasted corn and peaches), and simple desserts, plus beverage pairing suggestions to take any guesswork out of the equation. Many of the dishes are easy enough to work as great weeknight dinners too—Panzanella with Roasted Leeks, Pecans, and Apple sounds exactly like what we want to cozy up with on the couch after work come fall.Buy Now

“Mixtape Potluck: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and the Songs They Inspire” by Questlove, $20.99 on Amazon

Questlove potluck cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Questlove may be best known as a musician, but he also has several books under his belt, including one about food (“something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs”) already. This cookbook promises to be perfect for parties, and is fun right down (right up?) to the aluminum foil inspired cover. The concept: a varied group of famous friends—including fellow musicians (like Q-Tip), actors (like Natalie Portman), and chefs (like Eric Ripert)—each contribute a favorite dish to the potluck, and Questlove pairs each one with the perfect song. More than just prime party inspo, this book provides unexpected insights into the intersections of food, music, and culture at large.Buy Now

“Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over” by Alison Roman, $29.25 on Amazon

Alison Roman easy party cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 22, 2019

New York Times columnist and cookbook author Alison Roman made scores of best lists with her last book, “Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes”—which is why this is one of the most highly anticipated titles coming out this year. It’s all about entertaining in the most casual way; in fact, Roman actually avoids the “e” word and calls it “having people over” instead. She has you covered whether you’re hosting a last-minute dinner party or a weekend friend reunion, with perfectly unfussy (and delicious) recipes, tips, and brilliant ideas for every occasion. From easy veggie dishes and addictive snacks to big pots and platters of meat and a DIY martini bar, there’s a wealth of knowledge for you to draw on. We expect this to be yet another modern classic, and to kick off countless memorable get-togethers.Buy Now

“My Drunk Kitchen Holidays! How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: A Cookbook” by Hannah Hart, $19.60 on Amazon

My Drunk Kitchen holiday cookbook 2019


Publish Date: October 22, 2019

Hannah Hart started “My Drunk Kitchen” in 2011 as a joke, but quickly became a YouTube sensation, then published her first cookbook (which made the New York Times Bestseller list) in 2014, and eventually landed a show on Food Network. Her second book is all about having the most fun holidays ever, and not just the big ones (though of course they’re all covered too); you’ll find awesome ideas for celebrating Pride Month, Graduation, and even International Left-Handers’ Day, with food and drink recipes, festive activities, and on-theme ideas for every month of the year—because there’s always a good reason to throw a party.Buy Now

Check out our full list of the best cookbooks for fall 2019.

Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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