My favorite cookbook author, Ina Garten, has just published her fifth book, Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again. In it, she includes such homey favorites as Cornbread Stuffed Cornish Game Hens and Pumpkin Mousse Parfait. Garten's recipes are usually winners and they have very rarely let me down.
If elaborate parties are more your thing, why not check out Carolyne Roehm's A Passion for Parties . While her books can be a bit over the top, Roehm does know how decorate and entertain beautifully.
Finally, if you need inspiration for your holiday table, then William Yeoward's new book Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, Settings, and Centerpieces for Delicious Dining may just be the ticket. Yeoward has a knack for setting gorgeous tables, and this is one book I definitely do not want to miss!