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Fall is the perfect time of year to get excited about cooking and trying out new recipes! Friends and families gather for holiday festivities and food is what ties it all together.

I have created my own personal list of cookbooks that allow you to explore the fundamental qualities of my cooking style, from health consciousness, entertainment, to culture. I want inspire you to try something new and get creative whether its cooking for friends, family or yourself!

These are also perfect holiday gifts for foodies and home cooks that love to be in the kictchen. The photos and stories will warm their hearts as well.  Happy holidays xxx MM

No Crumbs Left- Teri Turner
Teri Turner is the creator of the popular food and lifestyle blog No Crumbs Left. Formerly an event producer, she has always been committed to bringing magic into the kitchen when cooking for her family and friends. She has such incredible techniques that help make typically boring meals absolutely delicious this book is filled with delicious whole 30 approved recipes that you and your family will LOVE! And Teri shares so many stories that you feel like you are part of her family.

Shuk: From Market to Table, the heart of Israeli home cooking- Einat Admony and Janna Gur
Shuk by Einat Admony, chef and owner of New York’s Balaboosta, and Janna Gur, founder of Isreal’s premier food and wine magazine Al Hashulchan, allows cooks of all skill levels to enjoy making these delicious, culturally infused recipes. Shuk also provides education on the fundamentals of Isreali cuisine. So if you have any interest in learning about Isreali cuisine and you are a new or seasoned cook, this is the book for you!

Tartine: A Classic Revisted- Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Roberston
Tartine, one of the most acclaimed and inspiring bakeries in the world has added more than 50 new recipes to their original cult classic. In this book you will find recipes that delight health conscious bread eaters and is digestible for bakers of all skill levels, it is one of my personal favorites and a must have!

The Jewish Cookbook – Leah Koenig
For over 10 years , Leah Koenig has been documenting the stories and recipes behind Jewish cuisine. The Jewish Cookbook is a giant culmination of that research. Leah introduces us to all of the wonderful flavors, history and traditions that have influenced Jewish food by sharing over 400 recipes from all over the globe. The pictures are fantastic, this is definitely worth flipping through!

Sababa – Adeena Sussman
Previous to the mouth watering gem Sababa, Adeena Sussman co-authored eleven cookbooks, before her solo debut focusing on her personal favorite cuisine: Israeli. Adeena moved from New York to Tel Aviv, permanently and has written a book that may have you wanting to do the same. Sababa focuses on the vibrant produce and bright spices that Tel Aviv has to offer.

Cook like a pro- Ina Garten
Ina is one of my personal favorites, she is a self taught cook like myself and truly cooks from the heart. Her latest book Cook Like a Pro is is the perfect cookbook for anyone to follow! She has perfected irresistible recipes and given “pro-tips” that will never fail to impress your family and guests.

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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school of my dreams that I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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