,Title: The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer by Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig (Andrews McMeel, $29.99, 288 pages)
Generally speaking: This is so much more than a cookbook. Among the recipes, you will find positive and inspiring words that will affect more than just breast cancer survivors. There are many highlighted boxes sprinkled throughout that are filled with words of inspiration to feed the soul.
For: Anyone, although it's geared toward breast cancer survivors. The recipes are not difficult to make but there are some recipes that call for ingredients you may or may not have in your pantry. Ingredients like agave nectar, organic dried lavender buds and white whole wheat flour. Sometimes you are able to substitute but not every recipe gives you that option. Read through the cookbook because some of the specialty ingredients may be more difficult to find than others.
Recipes: Retro broiled pink grapefruit, pomegranate sparkler, orange-cranberry chutney, roasted rosemary garbanzo snacks, wilted greens with warm cranberry vinaigrette, Oaxacan chicken in mole, Highway 1 meat loaf with power pilaf and baby greens, feel-good lasagna, island fish tacos with fresh pineapple salsa, veggie burger with roasted tomato, brambleberry crisp, poached cherries with honey cream and fresh mint, and banana, cinnamon and walnut Bundt cake.
,Title: Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99, 368 pages)
Generally speaking: Melissa d'Arabian is the Season 5 winner of Food Network's reality show The Next Food Network Star. For those who aren't familiar with her, she makes budget-conscious meals. Ten Dollar Dinners offers recipes from a variety of cuisines sure to please an array of people. Find recipes for Italian, French and even comfort-food dishes in this book. In highlighted boxes scattered among the recipes, d'Arabian includes lots of great information about cooking and managing your money.
For: Budget-conscious cooks. The Food Network show of the same name offers complete meals for four for $10 or less, as long as you have a well-stocked pantry.
Recipes: Kielbasa and black-eyed peas, French-cut steak with caramelized onions, grilled two-cheese burgers with garlic dressing, chicken Marengo, chicken meatballs, garlicky shrimp with white bean gratin, chopped salad with chicken, salami and mozzarella, California-style bruschetta, Caprese tartlets, bulgur-stuffed veggies, lemon-ginger pudding, peanut butter-chocolate lava sundaes, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms, potato-bacon torte, grilled tandoori pork kebabs and quinoa tabbouleh.
,Title: The Ultimate Student Cookbook: From Chicken to Chili by Tiffany Goodall (Firefly Books, $14.95, 160 pages)
Generally Speaking: What is so great about this cookbook is that every recipe has step-by-step photos that make it so easy for your student to prepare good meals while away at college. The recipes serve anywhere from one to 10, making them perfect for an evening alone, an evening with friends or just to have lots of leftovers.
For: Although this cookbook is designed with the college student in mind, any new cook would benefit from the simple recipes and photos. Parents be warned, there are recipes for cocktails and by that I'll clarify drinks with alcohol as well as some recipes that include wine. Worth noting if your student is under 21.
Recipes: One-pot chicken thighs, the classic baked potato with beans and chili, chicken, bacon and mushroom casserole, fragrant vegetable curry, Spanish omelet, hot and spicy pizza, chocolate mousse, low-calorie vegetable soup, gooey leek gratin, shepherd's pie, Tuscan baked chicken, vegetarian pasta heaven and fajitas.