Must-have Asheville cookbooks for any home cook's collection

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Asheville is the land of the foodie thanks to the many culinary artists sharing their gifts and talents with hungry diners.

The city continues to receive recognition for its food and beer scene that’s only getting bigger and better with each new restaurant and brewery that opens.

Residents relish having these renowned restaurants in their backyards. Tourists are met with the challenge of fitting in as many restaurants visits as possible on their trip’s itinerary.

The good news is that many of these tempting dishes can be attempted by home cooks near and far.

If unable to get to an AVL restaurant or desiring to cook like some of the city’s greats, add these cookbooks of local favorites to your collection. And cozy up with a few books delving into the city’s rich and bountiful food and beverage history and offerings.

'The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends'

By Carrie Schloss (author) and Angela B. Garbot (photographer)

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is available at The Asheville Bee Charmer store, which also carries a number of honey- and pollinator-related retail goods, for a bee-themed holiday package.
The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is available at The Asheville Bee Charmer store, which also carries a number of honey- and pollinator-related retail goods, for a bee-themed holiday package.

The 130 recipes inspired by the artisanal honey purveyors are the bees-knees.

Learn how to whip up dishes using Asheville Bee Charmer’s 28 honey varietals and blends from chef and culinary consultant Carris Schloss.

The cookbook features instructions for main and sides dishes, as well as salads, snacks and desserts. Each encompasses a helping of honey that makes for a flavorful tasting experience that will leave dinner guests buzzing.

Find out the answers to everything you wanted to know — and things you never thought to ask — about the world of honey and bees.

Buy it here: ashevillebeecharmer.com.

'12 Bones Smokehouse'

By Bryan King, Angela King, Shane Heavner and Mackensy Lunsford

The new edition of the 12 Bones Smokehouse Cookbook has a sleek look and all-new recipes.
The new edition of the 12 Bones Smokehouse Cookbook has a sleek look and all-new recipes.

The Asheville smokehouse connoisseurs have packed in recipes for entrees, sides and desserts that will take the next cookout up a few notches. The 12 Bones cookbook features old family favorites to modern recipes created on the spot at the restaurant.

In the "mountain BBQ cookbook," learn how to make 12 Bones’ signature ribs, chicken, pulled pork and other savory, smoky barbecue. Other highlights include a 19th-century vinegar slaw recipe, a slew of desserts and 12 Bones’ collection of eclectic rib rubs and barbecue sauces, such as the blueberry chipotle.

Buy the updated edition with more barbecue recipes here: 12bones.com.

'Biscuit Head: New Southern Biscuits, Breakfasts, and Brunch'

By Jason Roy and Carolyn Roy

At Biscuit Head's Biltmore location, guests can order a full breakfast, which comes with two eggs whichever way, a biscuit, and two sides. Sides include, grits, bacon, country ham, coconut collards, and much more.
At Biscuit Head's Biltmore location, guests can order a full breakfast, which comes with two eggs whichever way, a biscuit, and two sides. Sides include, grits, bacon, country ham, coconut collards, and much more.

Make Biscuit Head’s Classic Cathead Biscuits the star of your meal — morning, noon or night. Jason and Carolyn Roy, husband and wife restaurateurs, share the secrets to their signature recipes for the massive biscuits that’s such a huge hit with diners that the line is known to go out the door of the Asheville eatery.

Beyond the anything but basic biscuit recipe, the Roys guide cooks on other ways to “Put some South in your mouth.” The cookbook includes instruction on making the restaurant’s Mimosa Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato Chai Butter and Sriracha Slaw, Biscuit Donut Holes with Lemon Curd and Beer City Biscuit.

Plus, nab recipes for gluten-free biscuits, Okra Hush Puppies, Quinoa Scramble and more.

The colorfully illustrated pages add to the mouthwatering experience.

Buy it here: biscuitheads.com.

'Buxton Hall Barbecue's Book of Smoke: Wood-Smoked Meat, Sides, and More'

By Elliott Moss

"Buxton Hall Barbecue's Book of Smoke: Wood-Smoked Meat, Sides, and More" by Elliott Moss
"Buxton Hall Barbecue's Book of Smoke: Wood-Smoked Meat, Sides, and More" by Elliott Moss

Pitmaster Elliott Moss breaks down the art of slow-smoking meat from chickens to whole hogs. Moss shares his family’s recipes and techniques so anyone can get a taste of Buxton Hall BBQ whether at the South Slope eatery or at home.

Become a master of Carolina-style barbecue with Moss’s tips on everything from how to build a pit to quick and easy ways to get the barbecue experience by infusing wood smoke into meats.

Make it a full meal with recipes for dishes including Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Cracklin, Turnip Soup with Charred Onions and Banana Pudding Pie and more.

Buy a signed copy here: buxtonhall.com.

Get Moss’s recipe for Brunswick Stew here.

'Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen'

By Katie Button and Genevieve Ko

Curate a menu of international fare courtesy of Cúrate. Chef Katie Button guides home cooks on how to prepare 125 classic Spanish dishes. Also, how to adapt them using American seasonal ingredients.

Asheville is home to Button’s restaurant group that brings the flavors of Spain to the palates of local diners. Now, take Cúrate’s recipes for Chicken Paella, Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce and more to your own kitchen and dining room.

Buy it here: curateathome.com.

Get Button’s recipe for Fabada Asturiana, an Asturian bean and sausage stew, here.

Morning in the Mountains

By Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association

Satisfy your hankering for sweet and savory morning meals from the innkeepers of Asheville bed and breakfasts.

Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association compiled the submitted recipes for breakfast table centerpieces, such as quiche, casseroles and shrimp and grits, plus baked and griddle goodies.

Learn how to be the host with the most hospitality charm with the innkeepers’ instructions on prepping and serving seasonal fruit platters, hors d’oeuvres and treats that will make guests want to stay for more.

Buy it here: ashevillebba.com.

'The Southern Harvest Cookbook: Recipes Celebrating Four Seasons'

By Cathy Cleary

Farm-to-table is the Asheville restaurant’s way. Cathy Cleary shows how cooks can get the most use of fresh produce sourced from farmer’s markets and home gardens, year-round.

The West End Bakery Café owner and gardener offers her recipes for dishes including Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes, Bacon Apple Burgers, berry jams and more.

Get to pickling, preserving and whipping up Southern favorites anytime — spring, summer, fall or winter.

Also, check out Cleary’s "The West End Bakery and Café Cookbook" for the eatery’s signature recipes.

Buy it here: thecookandgarden.com.

More titles for the Asheville foodie's bookshelf

"Asheville Food: A History of High Country Cuisine" by Rick McDaniel.

"Lost Restaurants of Asheville" by Nan K. Chase.

"Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing" by Anne Fitten Glenn.

Glenn also penned a book with a regional focus titled “Western North Carolina Beer.”

Tiana Kennell is the food and dining reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at tkennell@citizentimes.com or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage.

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