Give the Gift of Cookbooks

I have a few friends & family members who love cookbooks. This is probably why I keep them around ;) These are the cookbooks I’ll be gifting this year. They inspire & dazzle and they’re guaranteed to earn me good points with the recipient. I just know this.

1.   Canal House Cooks Every Day   I really can’t get enough of this book. This Apple Galette was the first of MANY recipes that will grace my blog. If you’re buying this for someone isn’t aware of the awesomeness of the Canal House ladies, this is a brilliant introduction.

2.  Food in Jars  For the friend/family member who wants to can & preserve stuff. You should get them a bunch of jars while you’re at it and some cute labels. People who can can NEVER have enough supplies. Trust.

3.   The Joy The Baker Cookbook   For your baker friend who is also your best friend. This cookbook has a crazy amount of recipes I’d like to tackle thanks to my best friend. Guaranteed hit! Also…HILARIOUS writing. Totes amaze.

4.  The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook  Just do it. I mean…if you haven’t already you SHOULD. What are you waiting for?

5.  The Sprouted Kitchen  For that person who enjoys healthy/beautiful looking & tasting food, buy this one. Then get them to cook for you.

6. Bouchon Bakery Cookbook   If you feel like enabling somebody’s serious sweet tooth, this is the cookbook to try.

7.  Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen  For someone in your life who loves food and wants to learn MORE about it, this book is a masterpiece! If they’re into beautiful photos & graphic design, that’s an added bonus!

8. An Everlasting Meal  For that person in your life who appreciates good writing & loves reading recipes in cookbooks, get this! It has definitely changed my approach to food in our household.

HAPPY SHOPPING! Tomorrow I’m sharing my first of many edible gifts this December.  Stay tuned!

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  • December 3, 2012

    All gorgeous cookbooks…ahh, I couldn’t even choose! A few I’ve been pining over but I hadn’t seen Aida Mollenkamps yet. Another to add to the (way too long) list of cookbook wants!

  • December 3, 2012

    Thanks for the ideas! I’m thinking of getting my mom a few cook books because she loves trying new recipes and it’s much easier for her to flip through a book rather than search the internet.

  • December 3, 2012

    Great post, I’m definitely getting the Food in Jars cookbook for my husband, we’ve had an allotment for 18 months now and this will be a perfect way to preserve the glut of veg we have in the summer. (There are only so many courgettes you can eat, and only so many ways of cooking them!)

  • Sera
    December 3, 2012

    I’ve actually been thinking about cook books recently, namely those of Ina Garten. Not being american, I actually hadn’t heard about her till I started reading your and joy’s blogs. Would a book of hers be confusing for someone who’s used to using grams, millilitres and metric cups? If not, which book would you recommend as a good basic cook book for meals?
    Thanks!!
    Sera

  • December 3, 2012

    I have these cookbooks or have them on my wishlist! Just got Keys to the Kitchen yesterday and it’s wonderful!

  • Libby
    December 3, 2012

    Thank you SO MUCH for putting all of these books all in one place so that I can just send this link to all of my potential Santas.

  • Michelle
    December 3, 2012

    I have a handful of those on my wish list already :) Now I can add a few more! Happy Hoildays

  • December 3, 2012

    Numbers 4-7 are already on my Chistmas wishlist! Adding 1 & 2! Obvs already own Joy’s book and I’m reading An Everlasting Meal right now. Fabulous list! Makes me excited to open up my copies (hopefully) on Christmas!

  • December 3, 2012

    I love gift guides! I’m really looking forward to your edible gifts tomorrow :)

  • Valerie
    December 3, 2012

    Love that you compiled this list! Many of the cookbooks are going on my X-mas List now that they have the Shutterbean seal of approval! Thanks for sharing!

  • December 3, 2012

    I loved An Everlasting Meal. I learned SO much from that book! This is a great post!

  • December 3, 2012

    I love my Joy the Baker cookbook. Smitten Kitchen is next on my list! I’m hoping to find it under the tree this year :)

  • Tara
    December 3, 2012

    Definitely bought Joy’s book for my best friend who loves to bake! Great list.

  • December 3, 2012

    I already have #s 2, 3, 4 and 8 and couldn’t agree more – all lovely! Also I just got Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and it is amazing! That or if you have any vegetarians on your list his older Plenty. Every recipe I make from his books is delicious!

  • December 3, 2012

    Thanks for including “Keys To The Kitchen,” lady! I’m honored to be in such great company.

  • December 3, 2012

    4 of these are on my list to join Joy’s book! Now I just need to convince my hubby that they are vital to my existence ;)

  • Terri
    December 3, 2012

    This was perfect timing! I have been in a cooking rut and wanted a few cookbooks to help inspire new meals and to start building my collection. I seriously had 2 cookbooks waiting in my Amazon shopping cart (one was Joy of course and the other one was T-Flo) and was struggling with picking a third book. An Everlasting Meal made the purchase complete!

    Thank you for the post, I have been reading your blog since I discovered the Joy the Baker podcast and both have made my days much happier and entertaining! I also love that you’re a Bay Area lady, just like me :)

    Take care,
    T

  • December 3, 2012

    I have The Smitten Kitchen cookbook, and it’s wonderful! I’ve made three recipes from it so far and all have been knock-outs. Great list!

  • December 3, 2012

    I wrote my christmas list FAR TOO SOON. And now I will have to buy these for myself, and slip them under the tree from “Santa”. I hope Santa is ok with my duplicity.

  • Ann
    December 3, 2012

    I love all your suggestion too but need to make sure the ones I really want are in metric.
    I am very much looking forward to the start of your edible gift posts!

  • December 3, 2012

    Tracy! Thank you for including my book in your list! I hope you’re having a lovely December!

    • Tracy
      December 3, 2012

      Same to you, friend!!!!

  • December 3, 2012

    I want every single book you featured here. Also, I’ve been enjoying Ms Aida’s book so much. So many good tips and recipes I want to try.

  • December 4, 2012

    I love Food In Jars. Now I’m a mason jar addict. Because, really, what CAN’T you put in a mason jar? Thanks for the other great recommendations!

    • Tracy
      December 4, 2012

      EXACTLY!!!

  • Jenny
    December 4, 2012

    I have the Joy the Baker Cookbook, smittenkitchen, and Sprouted Kitchen cookbooks from you list. I would love to get #1 and #6 as well. I find that I buy these books more to just flip through than actually make stuff from so I need to justify these purchases!

  • December 4, 2012

    oh hellloooo wonderful list! thank you for including me, I’m flattered. So many wonderful books! I’ve had Everlasting Meal in my cart for MONTHS. Need to get it asap.

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