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Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: Cookbooks to Give (and Cook From) This Winter

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Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: Cookbooks to Give (and Cook From) This Winter

November 30, 2020

This year the holidays coincide with my moving to a place with an actual kitchen, and I’m looking forward to being able to enjoyably cook again—and spend Sunday afternoons baking, too, during the long winter of hunkering down ahead. Is it any coincidence that the cookbooks I want most out of this list are in fact baking books? Probably not.

For those in your life in need of some old-fashioned comfort, for the home chef and the novice looking to take on winter culinary projects, and for lovers of cookbooks that are as much objects of beauty as they are instructional, here are 10 new titles from the year to tie a bow on and gift.

N.B.: We’ve linked to Bookshop throughout and encourage sourcing from independent bookstores this season, too.

A favorite on my list: Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee&#8
Above: A favorite on my list: Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee’s Pie, New York’s Best Pie Shop ($27.59), for reasons that are self-explanatory.
Yotam Ottolenghi&#8
Above: Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Flavor ($32.20), features over 100 plant-based recipes with an emphasis on, yes, vibrant flavor.
A Good Bake ($36.80), by master baker (and former chemical engineer) Melissa Weller, unlocks the secrets to perfect sweets (and savory bakes, too).
Above: A Good Bake ($36.80), by master baker (and former chemical engineer) Melissa Weller, unlocks the secrets to perfect sweets (and savory bakes, too).
A fitting gift for this year: The charming Serving New York ($35) by Kristin Tice Studeman and Bryan Fountain, written in the first week of NYC&#8
Above: A fitting gift for this year: The charming Serving New York ($35) by Kristin Tice Studeman and Bryan Fountain, written in the first week of NYC’s lockdowns, includes “more than 45 easy, pantry-friendly recipes from NYC’s best restaurants, including Olmsted, Momofuku, King, Charlie Bird, Llama Inn, the NoMad, and more.” One hundred percent of proceeds go to ROAR x Robin Hood restaurant relief fund for NYC restaurants and workers.
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Above: We’re coveting Somali chef Hawa Hassan’s collection, In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean ($32.20), with the recipes of grandmothers from South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea.
 Coconut and Sambal: Recipes From My Indonesian Kitchen ($3
Above: Coconut and Sambal: Recipes From My Indonesian Kitchen ($32.20) by Indonesian-Australian chef and writer Lara Lee introduces recipes passed down through generations (it was also named one of the best cookbooks of fall 2020 by The New York Times).
For the veggie-forward cook in your life, there&#8
Above: For the veggie-forward cook in your life, there’s East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing ($32.20) by London-based food writer and columnist Meera Sodha, first published in the UK and now adapted to US measurements.
Another cookbook with simple but transformative plant-based recipes: Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes ($.60) by food justice activist and author Bryant Terry (also currently chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco).
Above: Another cookbook with simple but transformative plant-based recipes: Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes ($27.60) by food justice activist and author Bryant Terry (also currently chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco).
Cook through the effortless but elegant recipes in Susan Spungen&#8
Above: Cook through the effortless but elegant recipes in Susan Spungen’s new Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings ($32.20) to make dinners a little more special for those you live with—until the day we can all gather again.
Not so much a cookbook as a series of essays, Fäviken: 40 Days, Beginning to End ($55.) tells the story of Magnus Nilsson&#8
Above: Not so much a cookbook as a series of essays, Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End ($55.15) tells the story of Magnus Nilsson’s acclaimed restaurant, now closed, in remote northern Sweden (see our piece on it in Into the Wild), with notes on “the search for lagom,…the art of hospitality, and the importance of craft over innovation.” Buy it for the photographs, but there are 100 recipes, too.

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