Cozy Up This Winter with These Cookbooks

By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

Now that temperatures have dropped and the inevitable winter storms have arrived, you're likely spending a lot more time indoors. But being stuck inside doesn't mean you have to just sit through an endless cycle of Netflix marathons. Instead, take that extra time to work on your cooking skills. Here are five cookbooks that will help you master every food genre this winter.

Master the Slow Cooker

If you're lacking in culinary skills and tend to mess up recipes, the slow cooker is about to become your new best friend. Martha Stewart has compiled 110 easy (and delicious) recipes for you to "set and forget" in her Slow Cooker cookbook, available at Williams Sonoma. From Hawaiian-Style Short Ribs to Apple Cranberry Crisp, this book is full of crowd-pleasing recipes.

Go Meatless

If one of your New Year's resolutions has been to go meatless, grab Vegetarian Heartland from Anthropologie. Author Shelly Westerhausen took 100 classic comfort food dishes and made them all plant-based. The book contains wholesome, meatless recipes for everything from drinks to desserts.

Get Healthy

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Looking to get healthy and fit while stuck indoors? Check out chef Bobby Flay's Fit cookbook from Barnes and Noble. The book is loaded with 200 recipes that are made to fit in with a healthy lifestyle. From nourishing soups and salads to workout-fueling snacks and light desserts, this cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to start 2018 off on the right foot.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

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Winter is the perfect time to indulge a little and try out some new desserts. The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook from Barnes and Noble is filled with recipes for decadent desserts that have been collected from across the generations of the authors' families. Beside each recipe is a personal anecdote or memory to accompany it. We personally can't wait to try Josh Kilmer-Purcell's mother's Hot Chocolate Dumplings.

Bonus: Brush Up On Your Bartending Skills

Now that you've planned out your meal, pair it with the perfect cocktail. Just be sure to have The Essential Cocktail Book from Anthropologie on hand, to master even the trickiest of drink requests. This handy guide is filled with 150 recipes and features classic cocktails like the Gimlet and the Old Fashioned, as well as tips and updates from some of the top bartenders in the world.