Holiday Gift Guide: Cookbooks

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Cookbooks are one of my very favorite holiday gifts (to both give and receive!), and as usual, I have quite a few on my list this year. I’m always drawn to cookbooks with lots of beautiful photographs, but the ones that end up smudged and earmarked, i.e. used, are full of inspiring, delicious recipes as well.

I’ve rounded up a collection of my favorites from the past year that all hit the mark (along with a couple of new-ish classics I’ve been cooking from lately). How about you? Do you have any cookbooks you can’t live without? I’d love to know your faves!

Healthy + Whole Foods:

The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon by Sara Forte
Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver
At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin


Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California by Travis Lett
Heritage by Sean Brock
Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey
Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen by Sara Foster

General Faves:

Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page
My Pantry by Alice Waters
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer*

Single Focus:

Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak
Flour + Water: Pasta by Thomas McNaughton

Baking + Sweet Treats:

The New Sugar & Spice by Samantha Seneviratne
Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
Food52 Baking by Editors of Food52

*Not remotely new, but a book every cook should have on her shelf!

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  1. 12.20.15

    The Vegetarian Super Bible is already on my list! I hadn’t heard about Madhur Jaffrey’s Vegetarian India but that should be on my list too! I have her older cookbook ‘World of the East Vegetarian Cooking’ and have used it a lot over the years.

    • 12.26.15
      Laura said:

      Doesn’t it sound fabulous? I flipped through it at the bookstore and immediately knew I had to add it to my list! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, Mary!!

  2. 12.19.15
    Joan said:

    These ALL look wonderful. I’ll bet that if I chose just one recipe a day out of each of these, I’d have a new dish every day of the new year!

    • 12.26.15
      Laura said:

      Thanks so much, Joan! Merry Christmas!!

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