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The Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts in 2016

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The Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts in 2016

December 1, 2016

Our choice for the fail-safe holiday present? A beautifully photographed cookbook, appealing to both the aesthetically- and culinarily-oriented set. Here is our edit of the latest crop of cookbooks for the holiday season.

(Please note that we’re fans of local bookstores, but for the sake of convenience, we’ve linked to Amazon here.)

the new vegetarian by alice hart 12

Above: Not just for the vegetarian, Alice Hart’s vegetable-forward cookbook The New Vegetarian is currently available through Amazon UK for £10 ($12).

victuals cookbook by ronni lundy 13

Above: Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes delves into the cuisine of the mountain South; $21.56 at Amazon.

sqirl everything i want to eat cookbook 14

Above: Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking is a new cookbook from Jessica Koslow of LA restaurant Sqirl. It includes the restaurant’s cult dishes, including the life-changing sorrel rice bowl, as well as jam-making and butchering instructions (plus some of the best art direction we’ve seen in a cookbook yet); $27.74 at Amazon.

dandelion and quince cookbook 15

Above: A cookbook centered on the abundance of farmers’ market vegetables, Dandelion & Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs offers guidance, tips, and advice on cooking with less common produce varieties; $21.79 on Amazon.

ducksoup cookbook the wisdom of simple cooking 16

Above: From Clare Lattin and Tom Hill of Ducksoup, a happening restaurant in Soho, London, the Ducksoup Cookbook is all about the details that make each dish: burned lemon, toasted nuts, larder specialties, and more. It’s £10 ($12 USD) on Amazon UK. For more on their sister restaurant, see our post Restaurant Visit: Communal Tables and Biodynamic Wines at Rawduck in Hackney. Lattin and Hill also make ceramics: Earth, Milk, and Tree: Stoneware Ceramics from a London Chef.

dinner at the long table by andrew tarlow 17

Above: The debut cookbook from Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow and Diner Journal editor Anna Dunn, Dinner at the Long Table, is a guide to casual cooking for small gatherings and large celebrations alike; $40 on Amazon.

simple effortless food big flavours by diana henry 18

Above: Famed British cookbook writer Diana Henry’s latest book, Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavoursis a set of simplified recipes ideal for midweek cooking; $19.87 at Amazon. You can find a signed copy at Food52 for $33.

the moon juice cookbook 19

Above: LA juice shop owner Amanda Chantal Bacon recently came out with The Moon Juice Cookbook. The book includes 75 raw food, drink, snack, and sweet recipes; $30 at Moon Juice.

the del posto cookbook 20

Above: The Del Posto Cookbook from the restaurant’s chef Mark Ladner and Mario Batali seeks to redefine Italian cooking in America by way of new recipes and photography inspired by 16th-century still-life paintings; $41.23 on Amazon.

small victories by julia turshen 21

Above: Julia Turshen’s cookbook, Small Victories: Recipes, Advice, & Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs, features lovely photography by Gentl & Hyers; $21.84 at Amazon.

If you missed our list last year, here’s a look: The Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts, 2015 Edition.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the article about?

The article is about recommended cookbooks for holiday gifts in 2016.

Who wrote the article?

The article was written by Alexa Hotz.

How many cookbooks were recommended?

The article recommended 10 cookbooks.

Are the cookbooks specific to a certain cuisine?

Yes, some of the cookbooks are specific to a certain cuisine such as Italian or Scandinavian.

Are there any cookbooks for beginners?

Yes, the article recommends several beginner-friendly cookbooks.

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