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Spring Cookbooks 2016

Spring is arguably the best season of the year. For those of us in the northeast, it's a sign of warmer days ahead, frequent rain showers that bring May flowers, and no longer eating soup or stew for every single meal (although we wouldn't blame you if you still wanted to)! Along with one of the best seasons comes a slew of brand new cookbooks, and this year's batch is sure to get your mouth watering and your tongues wagging.

This season, more so than others, gives us a handful of cookbooks for niche food preparation, and we're totally loving it. If there is one thing to take away from the current cookbook scene, it's that all-inclusive compendiums are on the out and highly specialized cooking of one kind of food is in. The burger pics in PORNBURGER (look it up) have us salivating morning and night. N'ICE CREAM highlights all the great, varied methods for making dairy-free ice cream. EGG will show you the 1.5 million and counting ways to cook and serve an egg.

That's not to say that there's any shortage of celebrity cookbooks this season. Tastemaker, actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow graces our kitchens once again with IT'S ALL EASY. If you're already a Gwyneth fan, we guarantee this won't disappoint; if you're new to the "Goop" scene, then you're in for a treat.

Pop culture lovers will thoroughly enjoy Chrissy Teigen's varied sampling of the dishes from her family's Thai culture in CRAVINGS. This is the first cookbook from the wife of musician John Legend and notable celebrity figure, and Chrissy is not shy when it comes to sharing her glamorous foodie lifestyle. It's safe to say we can look forward to a handful more of publications from her in the forseeable future. Did someone say "baby food cookbook in 2018?"

British Instagram stars Jasmine + Melissa of @hemsleyhemsley give us a taste of their simple and wholesome dishes in their first cookbook foray, HEMSLEY HEMSLEY. If you're unfamiliar, they are a super duo (think Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson meets Haylie Duff and Sakara) who focus on health and wellness for the millennial crowd. Needless to say, we're wildly pumped to get these girls' recipes on paper.

Speaking of the Brits, publisher Phaidon follows up WHERE CHEFS EAT with WHERE TO EAT PIZZA, which is set to hit stores in late April. While we all know that a slice is pretty much awesome no matter where you get it, we will soon be able to weed out the great from the good with this much-needed manual.

Just like any other season, there is an excellent representation for ethnic cuisines. SIROCCO and THE MIDDLE EASTERN VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK tell us about all of the wonderful flavors from the Middle East. KOREATOWN caters to our growing East Asian palettes, and THE INDIAN FAMILY KITCHEN gives us an easy-to-use, modern spin on classic Indian dishes we may already be familiar with (editorial note: Try the "Smokin' Ribs").

Whether you're a cooking novice or you've hopped, skipped and jumped around the kitchen plenty of times, there's really a buffet of cookbook choices for you this spring. Braise, bubble, roast, temper, stir, spread, slice and sauté away!

Curated by Nicole Sherman