There was a period of my life where I refused to eat things that were orange, simply because I found the color offensive. I also wouldn’t eat mashed potatoes because I convinced myself they were potato brains.  So, yes, I was that picky eater. Luckily, sweet little Nan, my cute loving grandmother, worked around my eccentricities. Bless her.

But the holidays were the worst; I wouldn’t eat anything unless it was covered in icing. My family members had their own weird requirements. For the longest time, I thought it was normal to put raisins in stuffing! It’s not easy being queen of the kitchen when your kingdom is full of whiney, hard to please individuals.

Now don’t worry, I’ve matured and broadened my palette, so here’s a list of titles to satisfy all types of eaters in your life.

Gluten Free and Vegan Holidays: Celebrating the Year with Simple Satisfying Recipes and Menus By Katherine Barnard and Jennifer Katzinger: Although it may seem like salad is the best bet for these eaters in your life, it’s the holidays and the only green you see should be the tree! These recipes are easy and delicious to satisfy all, even the carnivores at your table.

The 50 Best Raw Food Recipes By Editors of Adams Media: It takes a couple hours to roast a turkey, whip potatoes and bake a pie. By the time the guests arrive, you might need a pot of coffee to get through the rest of the evening! Not with these savory recipes; you get all the flavor at your fingertips, fast. No oven needed—or coffee for that matter!

The Adaptable Feast: Satisfying meals for the Vegetarians, Vegans and Omnivores at Your Table By Ivy Manning: Chef Ivy Manning fell in love with a vegetarian (pet name Mr. Tofu) but didn’t have to give up her second love, meat, to make the marriage work. She compromised and wrote it all down for your viewing pleasure. It’s the middle of the road meal for both parties, meat and veggies living in perfect harmony. There are options for both sides, but you may find yourself leaning toward green; Ivy makes it look pretty easy!

 Sugar Free Gluten Free Baking and Desserts By Kelly E. Keough: Let ’em eat cake, folks! We all love dessert and on holidays, everyone should have it. These recipes offer a healthier alternative to our favorite desserts, great for gluten-free or diabetic friends and family. Avoid the guilt this holiday season by fulfilling that sweet tooth without loosening that belt!

The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores will Devour By Myra Kohn and Kim O’Donnel: Written by a meat-lover, these recipes will help you kick the craving. Too much meat can be bad for you and for our environment, so make the transition to a meatless  diet without the hassle of giving up what you love. Also a great title to check out if you’re the vegetarian of the group and want to impress your carnivore friends, go ahead—trick them!

Christina Bernecker is a training associate at OverDrive.


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