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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: 11 Cookbooks to Wrap and Give

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: 11 Cookbooks to Wrap and Give

November 29, 2019

Left to my own devices, I tend to have a cheese plate and wine for dinner. Even so, cookbooks line my bookshelves, and I like to get into bed and page through one at night like I would a novel. This year’s selection of cookery books, culled from the year’s best-of lists and our very own wish lists, are every bit as beautiful as they are filled with excellent recipes. There’s also a thread here we can get behind: sumptuous, good food that’s also simple and stress-free, laid-back enough for weeknights—and made to share with whoever stops by, too. And, we know we’re not supposed to judge, but we love some of the covers so much, they really just need a ribbon.

Here are 11 cookbooks we’re gifting this year.

(N.B.: As always, we like shopping our local bookstore first, but we’ve listed Amazon prices here, if that’s your preference.)

Where Cooking Begins

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Above: In Where Cooking Begins ($18.85), Carla Lalli Music, food director of Bon Appétit (and frequent co-chef, in her video series “Back-to-Back Chef,” with the likes of Natalie Portman and Ina Garten), offers flexible, easy to master recipes—and advocates for small-batch over big-batch cooking.

Breakfast: The Cookbook

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Above: We’d like to cook our way through Breakfast: The Cookbook ($28.45), a sunny compendium of morningtime meals.

Dinner for Everyone

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Above: Mark Bittman returns with Dinner for Everyone ($21.64), with three twists for every recipe: “easy, vegan, or perfect for company.” (P.S.: We recently spoke to Bittman himself; see Ask the Expert: Shortcuts and Secrets to Stress-Free Weeknight Cooking, over on The Organized Home.)

Natural Wine for the People

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Above: We are, for the record, already fans of natural wine, but Natural Wine for the People ($13.89) unveils (at last) “what it is, where to find it, how to love it.” Perfect for the wine lover.

Nothing Fancy

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Above: The newest release from cult favorite cookbook author and New York Times contributor Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy ($19.50)—subtitle: “Unfussy Food for Having People Over”—rejects stodgy “entertaining” in favor of simple, unfussy gathering, easy to pull off anytime.

Jubilee

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Above: We’d love to gift (or be gifted) Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking ($31.50), a celebration of the African American flavors and recipes that have shaped cuisine in the U.S.

The Gaijin Cookbook

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Above: New Yorkers (and fans of Chef’s Table) know the smash hit that is Ivan Ramen; Ivan Orkin’s colorful book, The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider ($17.49), draws from the chef’s self-proclaimed outsider status, a guy from Long Island obsessed with learning about Japanese cuisine.

Whole Food Cooking Every Day

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Above: Whole Food Cooking Every Day ($19.87) makes our list for its bright photography and fresh, vegetarian recipes that feel like summer all year (and also happen to be free of gluten, dairy, and sugar).

Tartine: A Classic Revisited

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Above: Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, the folks behind Remodelista favorite and SF bakery phenom Tartine (here’s our look at their Manufactory, and at their home kitchen), offer Tartine: A Classic Revisited ($24.82), a newly photographed, updated version of their first cookbook, with dozens of added recipes and twists on the classics.

Japanese Home Cooking

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Above: Julie’s pick is Japanese Home Cooking ($26.99), a comprehensive, approachable guide to Japanese cooking at home.

A Work in Progress: A Journal

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Above: Not quite a cookbook, but well worth gifting to any food lover (or to anyone, as one year turns to the next): Rene Redzepi’s A Work in Progress ($18.88), the chef’s own journals from a year at Noma.

For last year’s selections (which would still make excellent gifts this season), see Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The 11 Best Cookbooks to Give as Gifts This Year.

And for more of our 2019 gift ideas, see:

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