There鈥檚 a time and a place for a recipe that calls for 357 different ingredients, but a dinner party isn鈥檛 one of them. We know you鈥檝e got decorations to string up and cocktails to whip together, so you need a menu that鈥檚 short on prep time and long on the WOW factor. We鈥檝e got you covered with these 17 entertaining-focused cookbooks that will have your guests crossing their fingers for leftovers and eagerly looking out for your next invite. Whether you鈥檙e hosting a cocktail party or a six-course affair this holiday season, grab one of these books stat.

1. The Big Dish ($23): Cooking for a big crowd? The 鈥渨ow-factor鈥 recipes in this book will leave your guests鈥 mouths hanging open鈥 if they aren鈥檛 already stuffed with delicious dishes.

2. Seriously Simple Parties ($17): Pull out this book when you want to impress your guests with a decadent dinner that only seems like it took you hours to prepare. With menus organized by the season, your days of hunting for obscure, out-of-season ingredients are over.

3. Vegetarian Dinner Parties ($24): Meat doesn鈥檛 always have to be the main event. With recipes this good, you just might convert a few carnivores.

4. Wine Bites: Simple Morsels That Pair Perfectly With Wine ($17): Whether you鈥檙e dishing out the red or pouring the white, wine will always get the party going. Complement those glasses of grape-y goodness with these super simple hors d鈥檕euvres.


5. Tapas: Tantalizing Small Plates from the Mediterranean ($11): If you鈥檝e got guests who are vegetarians, gluten free or have other food restrictions, then tapas are the perfect meal to serve. With so many recipes for 鈥渟mall plates鈥 of big flavor that are meant to be shared, there鈥檒l be plenty for everyone to munch on.

6. Tiny Food Party! Bite-Sized Recipes for Miniature Meals ($13): This cookbook proves that just because something is tiny doesn鈥檛 mean it can鈥檛 pack a powerful flavor punch. Everything is cuter when it鈥檚 tiny鈥 and tastier too.

7. Dinner and a Movie ($13): Plan a major rewatch of your favorite movies with your besties or a romantic night in with your boo 鈥 whatever the occasion, you鈥檒l love the themed recipes from this cookbook. It鈥檚 like grabbing a burger at a drive-in, only you don鈥檛 have to drive anywhere.

8. Good Food to Share ($50): Penned by the founder (aka food goddess) of Apartment Therapy鈥榮 food blog, The Kitchn, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan鈥檚 book is packed with inspiring recipes that鈥檒l leave your family licking their plates.

9. Vegan for the Holidays ($16): Trust us, no one will miss the Christmas ham when you swap in meals from this cookbook.

10. Camille Styles Entertaining ($22): When we鈥檙e not admiring Camille Styles鈥 chic outfits or her party planning prowess, we鈥檙e drooling over her recipes. In this cookbook, she shares her party-worthy recipes, along with tips on decor and planning.


11. A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus: Menus and Stories ($25): If you鈥檙e looking for more than just a book of recipes, then you鈥檒l love Seattle restauranteur Renee Erickson鈥檚 cookbook. She shares some of her famed seafood-centric, seasonal menus, along with personal essays about her journey to becoming a James Beard-nominated chef.

12. Party Popcorn: 75 Creative Recipes for Everyone鈥檚 Favorite Snack ($12): The ultimate party snack gets elevated in this collection of recipes. Don鈥檛 set out a bowl before your guests arrive, because you just might eat all the delish popcorn yourself.

13. Let鈥檚 Do Brunch ($20): Nothing鈥檚 a bigger crowdpleaser than bacon, and this book knows it. These scrumptious recipes will turn your kitchen into the newest it brunch spot.

14. Make It Ahead ($21): We鈥檒l admit it: We totally bow down to the culinary genius that is Ina Garten. She knows that the secret to any good dinner party is getting all the cooking done before the party starts. You鈥檒l be thanking her when you hang your apron up before your guests arrive.

15. Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London鈥檚 Ottolenghi ($21): When vegetables taste this good, you better make a ton, or else there won鈥檛 be plenty to pass around. (Sorry, we couldn鈥檛 help ourselves!)

16. Kinfolk: Recipes for Small Gatherings ($35): The thoughtful dishes in this book are perfect for celebrating simply with close friends.


17. Homemakers ($14): Of course, no hostess鈥檚 shelf would be complete without a copy of Homemakers, Brit鈥檚 very own book coming out in March! It鈥檚 not *all* recipes (it鈥檚 also packed full of hosting, DIY and beauty tips!) but it definitely has everything you need to pull your dinner party (and home!) together. Pre-order your copy now.

Which entertaining cookbook will you be devouring ahead of your holiday celebrations? Tell us in the comments below!