,Title: Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy (Wiley, $29.99, 272 pages)
Generally speaking: School is back in session and with that comes sports practices, games, music lessons and more, making weeknights busier than ever. Good Bite Weeknight Meals to the rescue. Good Bite is a website that showcases videos from some of the Web's most influential bloggers. Many of the recipes included will appeal to a variety of tastes. There are main courses as well as sides that make menu planning easy.
For: People looking to get meals on the table quickly. I watched the video for the slow cooker beef bourguignon, and the dish looks easy and delicious. Even better, it's ready when you get home from work.
Recipes: Orzo with spinach and peas, Mexican polenta casserole, slow cooker beef bourguignon, wild mushroom soup, warm and hearty taco soup, pasta carbonara, sweet and crispy chili tilapia, grilled lamb chop lollipops with spinach and tomato couscous salad, grilled steaks with onions, roasted potatoes and bacon, Korean barbecue beef skewers, Italian sausage soup, blueberry pulled pork, roasted chicken thighs with mango chutney sauce and Greek-style pork pitas.
Note: The nice feature about this cookbook is that there are videos on the companion website (goodbite.com) to help if you are stuck on a technique or need a confidence boost. It is difficult to know if all the videos for the recipes are still on the site because names of recipes don't all match. The recipe featured below is called Sweet Chili Glazed Tilapia. So if you search for a recipe, try a few keywords rather than the recipe title as published. You may have more success.
,Title: Intoxicated Cupcakes: 41 Tipsy Treats by Kate Legere (Running Press, $15, 128 pages)
Generally speaking: Cupcakes are hot right now. So hot, some brides are foregoing a traditional wedding cake for cupcakes. The cupcake grows up in the new cookbook Intoxicated Cupcakes. Spice up your next dessert party with spiked cupcakes. Your guests will be surprised after the first luxurious bite.
For: Cupcake-lovers, dessert-lovers and sweet-lovers. You don't need to be an experienced baker to make these recipes. Many of the cupcakes start with a cake mix, and some of the icings start with canned icing. If you're a from-scratch baker, there are recipes for you, too.
Recipes: Everything's gonna be all white chocolate cupcakes, mango margarita cupcakes, white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes, tootie-fruity sangria cupcakes, Bellini belle cupcakes, rum and cola cupcakes, Belgian beauty cupcakes, fuzzy navel cupcakes, mint grasshopper cupcakes and champagne party cupcakes.
,Title: Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking by Pamela Sheldon Johns (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $21.99, 185 pages)
Generally Speaking: This is fresh Italian food at its best. There are more than 60 peasant-inspired recipes using the philosophy of not wasting anything edible. These are budget-conscious dishes utilizing local and seasonal ingredients for optimal flavor. Many of the cooking techniques, such as braising and roasting, bring out the best flavors as well.
For: This cookbook has a broad appeal. It is perfect for budget-conscious cooks, those who enjoy using fresh ingredients and families that try to have a meatless night. The selection of vegetarian recipes is nice.
Recipes: Tortelli with potato filling and melted butter and sage, farro soup, spinach and ricotta dumplings, grilled porcini mushrooms with mint and garlic, roasted tomatoes, beans and onions, ricotta cake, Tuscan ring cake, sautéed wild greens, freshwater fish stew, roasted chicken with vin santo sauce, pork rolls stuffed with ricotta and spinach, tomato bread soup, farmyard crostini, baked winter squash and chestnut cake.