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The Best Books to Give Cooks

The Best Books to Give Cooks

These are our favorite cookbooks of 2016, from coffee table tomes to everyday essentials. Cookbooks make for a lovely gift for an avid cook or a magazine grazer. Evoking beautiful images and collecting timeless recipes, these cookbooks hold pages upon pages of useful recipes, tips, and stories that will last the recipient a lifetime. Here are our favorites that we've come across throughout the year and welcomed into our own kitchens.

Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles brings us her first cookbook, abounding with a new wave of California cooking. Slightly health-conscious but no-doubt delicious, these 100 recipes are inspired by the real, wholesome foods around us. The sorrel-pesto rice bowl is an absolute must.


Everyday Whole Grains: 175 New Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice

Did we mention that we have a cookbook writer on staff? Call it a shameless plug, but our own Ann Taylor-Pittman authored this cookbook that walks you through every ancient grain, from quinoa to farro, amaranth to wild rice. Through her creative and clever use of whole grains, she developed 175 tasty recipes that can be enjoyed for any occasion and any meal.


Poole's: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner

Chef Ashley Christiansen of Raleigh, North Carolina is the mastermind behind Poole's Diner, a historic landmark that has put a modern, approachable spin on Southern classics. The simple, often whimsical dishes in Poole's dazzle. Go for the pan-roasted scallops with olive gremolata.


Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook

The best way for a young chef to learn is to get them in the kitchen and practicing. There may be no better way to instill a love of good food in your kids than by having them learn to cook. Melina Hammer helps them develop fundamental skills, harness their curiosity, and turn out tasty, family-friendly dishes. Our favorite is the Moroccan Pickled Carrots.


Mad Genius Tips: Over 90 Expert Hacks and 100 Delicious Recipes

The senior food editor and host of sister brand Food & Wine's video series "Mad Genius," Justin Chapple brings his A-game in this clever, fun cookbook. Spilling all his favorite tricks, hacks, and secrets to success in the kitchen, Chapple effortlessly brings new uses to everyday kitchen and home items.


Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share

Soup is the ultimate comfort food, and there's nothing better to cozy up to during the holiday season than a homemade bowl. Whether you are cooking for a potluck or need a simple weeknight dinner, Kathy Gunst is your go-to. She suggests sides for each soup, plus stocks and toppers to help you up your game. We love the "No Cream" Cream of Celery Root Soup with Fried Capers.


Appetites: A Cookbook

Chef turned world-traveling food icon, Anthony Bourdain delivers nothing short of authentic, straight-up home-cooking. With a wealth of experiences and cuisines to choose from, Bourdain chooses his personal favorites in a succinct display of recipes that are absolutely integral for the home cook to know and understand. Whether you're cooking for a family dinner or hosting a crowd of people, Bourdain's recipes will keep you excited and keep the appetites of those consuming your food full and satiated.


Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Chef Vivian Howard of PBS's A Chef's Life and her coastal North Carolina restaurant Chef and the Farmer, brings a fresh take to Southern classics. Whether you're a beginner in the kitchen or can find your way around proficiently, Howard's cookbook offers recipes for all skill sets.


The Del Posto Cookbook

Mark Ladner, the head chef at acclaimed Del Posto, has completely revolutionized Italian-American cooking. The cookbook includes recipes from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich that translate beautifully from the world of restaurants to the home kitchen. This is an essential for the family-style cook.


Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients, Delicious Desserts

Genevieve Ko has mastered the art of creating tasty, rich pastries that pride themselves on wholesome, natural ingredients without sacrificing flavor or quality. By scaling back on your typical baking staples like butter and white sugar, Ko incorporates nontraditional ingredients that do the trick while also providing unique and unrivaled flavors to cakes, galettes, and more.


V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking

Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby take cooking with vegetables to the next level in this 100-recipe, jam-packed cookbook. Heavy on bold, surprising flavors, and taking inspiration from street foods across the world, this can take your home cooking from ordinary and boring to rich and exciting. Aside from vegetables, there is a churro ice cream sandwich that is calling your name.


One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two

This simple, informative cookbook offers delicious vegetarian meals for two. Most of Carla Snyder's recipes take 40 minutes or less. While streamlined, flavors are nuanced, with enough punch to satisfy meat eaters. The ricotta frittata with spinach, corn, and sun-dried tomatoes is at the top of our list.


Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Like most cooks, Ina Garten takes great pride and pleasure in cooking for her loved ones, including her husband, Jeffrey. In one of her most personal and charming cookbooks yet, Ina opens the windows into her home kitchen and family, allowing us to whip up anything from her traditional brisket dish to a light, wholesome kale salad with pancetta and pecorino.


Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market

Marcella Hazan, one of the applauded chefs who made Italian cooking as popular in America as it is today, brings an informative look into what makes the best ingredients and how to best prepare and cook these foods. This collection is an absolute essential, whether an avid or somebody who's just starting to get their hands wet.


The London Cookbook: Recipes from the Restaurants, Cafes, and Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City

The tired old stereotype of bad British food is being dispelled. The London Cookbook by Aleksandra Crapanzano shows how, with recipes that are sophisticated yet cook-friendly from the city's best chefs and restaurants. Our favorite dish is the fennel and watercress soup.


Eat Drink Shine: Inspiration from Our Kitchen: Gluten-free and Paleo-friendly Recipes by the Blissful Sisters

Written by triplet sisters, Jessica, Jill, and Jennifer Emrich, Eat Drink Shine explores healthy cooking from many different perspectives. Offering both Paleo and gluten-free recipes, this fresh, informative cookbook also offers tips for fermentation, sustainable eating, and a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This is the perfect cookbook to start your 2017 off on a clean, refreshed slate.


Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto delivers simple yet elegant dishes from Japan's inherently clean cuisine. Ecco, 288 pages



Anthony Bourdain's favorite recipes, distilled from years of cooking and world travel. A showcase for his singular voice and his eclectic (and often healthful) food. Ecco, 304 pages


A Proper Drink

Celebrated cocktail journalist Robert Simonson explains how Americans became so booze-savvy this millennium. Includes recipes for 40 "modern classics." Ten Speed Press, 352 pages


100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of photography and the beginnings of photojournalism, the editors of TIME magazine are publishing this visual book to highlight some of the most influential and monumental photography that can be found at Whether it's Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium or Iran's 2009 protests, the images in this book capture some of the world's most important and life-changing moments in history.


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