— The Southern Cookie Book from Southern Living. Over 120 recipes that run the gamut of cookies, bars, and confections, with mouthwatering photographs to match each recipe. You’ll master classic recipes including Linzer Cookies, Tea Cakes, and Snickerdoodles, as well as venture into new territory with Cherry Pistachio Bark, Peppermint Wedding Cookies, and Bourbon Pecan Gingerbread Cookies. Oxmoor House. $22.95.
— Food With Friends by Leela Cyd. Recipes for brunch, teatime, happy hours, picnics, potlucks, and dessert all include a whimsical twist: a few slices of French toast doused in lavender syrup, rainbow chard empanadas served with pistachio crema, or a vibrant purple cauliflower hummus. With tips on creating an inviting table, stocking a pantry to make last-minute nibbles. Clarkson Potter. $25.