Remember the cookbooks your grandmother had? Spiral-bound and splotched, often souvenirs from roadside taverns or inns, they felt handmade and personal, never mass-produced or fancy, and the same was true for the recipes inside.
Many of our favorite cookbooks this year return to that small-batch style. Spiral-bound (bonus: they lay flat on the counter), independently published, or with hand-drawn illustrations in the margins, they’re more like assemblages of personal recipes and notes than weighty, technical tomes.
Pick one of the nine on our list, tie it with kitchen twine, and, presto: a perfect gift.
For past years’ cookbook roundups, see:
- Remodelista Gift Guide 2022: 11 Favorite New Cookbooks (Just Add Ribbon)
- Remodelista Gift Guide 2021: 10 Stellar Cookbooks to Give
- Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: Cookbooks to Give (and Cook From) This Winter