Can it, Bottle it, Smoke it by Karen Solomon (Ten Speed, 2011)

Yes you can can! Recipes double as home culinary projects when you smoke cheese, ferment miso, and boil bagels. A great way to have fun with your family, too. '

Jams & Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes by Pamela Bennett (Gibbs Smith, 2011)

Thrill your host with a jar of one of these 55 homemade (and simple) jams, especially the delicate Champagne Jelly that can make any sharp cheese sing.Holiday cookbooks

Simply Great Breads by Daniel Leader with Lauren Chattman (Taunton, 2011)

These uncomplicated breads rise to any occasion. Recipes for the sweet tooth and the savory lover include everything from breakfast muffins to dinner-worthy challah.

Sweet Vegan by Emily Mainquist (Kyle, 2011)

Many of these decadent vegan desserts also are gluten free. Guests will sneak seconds of the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, made with tofu cream cheese and a ground-coffee crust.