Other

5 Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts

5 Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts

These cookbooks are anything but boring

From sorbets to ice pops, Slushed! will teach you how to make spirit-filled frozen treats.

Cookbooks have come a long way since Betty Crocker first introduced hers in the 1960s. You can now get guides to making detailed dishes that would make perfect holiday gifts.

Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris (Sterling Epicure, $24.05)
This is the one you get for the healthy eater who heads to Whole Foods for groceries. This book is all about recipes using “superfoods,” such as cacao, chia, quinoa, and hemp seed.

The 30-Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray (Da Capo Press, $18.05)
Everyone knows a vegan or two these days. This book is the perfect present. It is filled with ideas for things to cook, but they are all simple to prepare and ready to eat in a half hour.

250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla Saulsbury (Robert Rose, $24.95)
Whether you are buying a gift for a college student or a single friend, this is one ingenious book. It proves all it takes is a microwave and a mug to make any meal, in minutes.

Crazy Good Italian by Mike Isabella (Da Capo Lifelong Books, $35.00)
Isabella makes it all look easy. For a friend who loves Italian cooking, or one that’s been trying for years to recreate Grandma’s meatballs, this book will have them saying “homemade ricotta” in no time.

Slushed!: More than 150 Boozy Treats by Jessie Cross (Adams Media, $16.95)
Anyone faced with the dilemma of whether to have another cocktail or dessert will love this book. From sorbets to ice pops, it will teach you how to make spirit-filled frozen treats.


Holiday Recipes

Holiday recipes should be festive and happy-making! Here you’ll find a collection of favorites. These are the ones we turn to year after year. You’ll find Christmas cookies, edible holiday gifts (like these espresso caramels), the cinnamon buns we bake on Christmas morning, black sticky gingerbread, sparkling cranberries, and iced whole wheat sugar cookies, and lots more. Enjoy!

Black Sticky Gingerbread

This black sticky gingerbread recipe makes an outrageously dark, dense, flavorful and delicious cake. The burnt-caramel-esque crust that forms on the top of the cake is part of what makes this recipe a keeper.

Sparkling Cranberries

Around the holidays these pretty, sugared, sparkling cranberries are perfect. Tart and sweet, they glint and wink in the surrounding holiday lights, and lend a striking dash of red to the table.

Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

This is the recipe I use anytime I want perfect sugar cookies. Great flavor, and the dough is a dream to work with.

Favorite Cinnamon Rolls

Classic, homemade cinnamon rolls made from a favorite cardamom-flecked, buttery, yeast dough with a generous cinnamon-sugar swirl.

Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad

Ravioli salads are the best! Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, lemony chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest.

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans

Simple, five ingredient green beans. Dill, green beans, leeks, salt and olive oil, that's it. Five ingredients, one skillet, so good.

Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts: Five Ways

A quick and easy brussels sprouts recipe that will convert the biggest skeptics. Vibrant green, tender brussels sprouts that become deeply golden and crusty where they touch the pan, dusted with cheese.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Three Ways

Toasted pumpkin seeds are the tiny, edible trophies you get for carving pumpkins. There are a couple of tricks to roasting perfect pumpkin seeds.

Super Swiss Meringues

Let’s make beautiful, billowy Swiss meringue! You can shape it into all sorts of shapes and swooshes, or punctuate with a range of nuts, seeds, and spices.

Gingerbread Cookies

Everything you want in a classic gingerbread cookie. These are classic, spice-flecked, and delicious.


26 best cookbooks to give (and get)

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Food plays a huge role in our lives. It brings people together, introduces new cuisines and cultures, and nourishes our bodies — and minds. So when you give someone on your list a cookbook, you’re offering them a gift that keeps on giving (and indirectly feeding). That's especially true when they have some of the best gadgets for home cooks to help them along.

And 2019 has been a great year for cookbooks. From Alison Roman's "Nothing Fancy" and Antoni Porowski's "Antoni in the Kitchen" to JL Fields's "Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook" and Toni Tipton-Martin's "Jubilee," there are plenty of options for the discerning home cook to learn more recipes. Whether you’re shopping for a serious foodie, an avid home chef, a vegan, a health nut, or a passionate grillmaster, we have more than two dozen options in this updated annual cookbook guide to help you find a perfect fit.


10 best cookbooks of the year for holiday gifting

Wherever I go, when I meet someone and the conversation turns to cooking, a surprising (to me) number of people invariably reveal that they don’t cook. Or they’re afraid to bake. Or they make only salads. Or they cook, but they would never do something as involved as making their own vinaigrette or broth or .

As an avid cook for some three decades, I never understand. Don’t they feel the joy of having created something delicious with their own hands? The Zen therapy of losing oneself in the task? Maybe they just need inspiration. Empowerment. A nudge.

That’s where these cookbooks come in. Our annual look at our favorite cookbooks of the year is heavy with volumes whose authors want to get you cooking. Whether a seasoned cook, a novice or someone who is really great at calling for delivery but not so accomplished with a wooden spoon, you’ll find these books layered with recipes you’ll want to eat (or drink, in the case of “Meehan’s Bartender Manual”). To taste them, you’ll need to make them. Or gift them to someone who will cook for you.

Because as holiday presents to yourself or someone on your list, these 10 cookbooks can only lead to good things.

Joe Gray, Food & Dining Editor

The author of “She Simmers,” the popular Thai cooking blog, pens a richly detailed ode to growing up in Bangkok. Where most cookbooks about the capital city of Thailand focus on the cheap and abundant street food, she digs into the dishes cooked at home, shedding light on dishes you might never have encountered before. Because she lives for part of the year in Chicago, she also understands the issues of re-creating some of the recipes in the United States. While it might require some legwork to access all the ingredients, none of the recipes is impossible to re-create.

“BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts”

Want to make the best brownies? Ones where every meager crumb is imbued with more chocolate flavor than you thought possible? “BraveTart” is here to help you get it done. Not only does the cookbook offer a collection of meticulously tested recipes, it also offers wonderfully detailed histories of each of the all-American desserts. Along the way, Parks examines whether or not snickerdoodle is a nonsense word, and debunks the classic Toll House history of the chocolate chip cookie.

Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook

By Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu

From the creators of Cherry Bombe, a designerly yet irreverent biannual indie mag, comes this big, bold, beautiful and perfectly pink iconic celebration of feminism and food. The writers asked more than 100 chefs, authors and other inspiring women for their most meaningful recipe. Every dish is shown in vivid, full color, pop art-style photography. Which makes the relatively easy recipe for earthy yet luxurious buttered chanterelles, by Elizabeth and Kitsune restaurants chef and owner Iliana Regan, all the more quietly compelling. (See recipe here.) You may want more stories behind the minimalist recipes trust me, they’re there, in the food.

“David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient”

Cardoons, I confess, have never called to me much, but David Tanis has such clear instructions (and photos) for prepping them that I’m hungry to try “the artichoke’s feral-looking cousin” at home. And a whole lot of other vegetables too. Tanis, an author who was formerly chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., brings considerable experience and lively writing to a very useful work that doesn’t exclude meat or fish, but lets the vegetables star in most of the 225 recipes. The “Kitchen Essentials” chapter is wonderfully eclectic, telling you how to make everything from yogurt to pork and shrimp wontons to pizza dough. Great photographs.

“Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes”

Alison Roman sports all the bona fides (food writer, food magazine editor, former chef) to make you trust her as she takes your hand and leads you to the kitchen. More like gently pushes, because like your best friend who’s a great cook, she spends a lot of ink up front persuading you that, yes, you can do this, you can cook. And as your best friend, she speaks to you in a conspiratorial tone and keeps things easy. Her recipes rely less on tricky technique than on clever flavor and textural combinations. Everything seems thrown together in a breezy manner, but the genius is evident. It’s in the matchmaking: burrata with tangerines, caramelized squash and toasted coconut, raw broccoli salad strewn with peanuts. Every recipe seems “highly cookable,” her catchphrase, and craveable. And any chef who admits she likes black olives from a can “that you can wear on your fingers” is someone we’ll follow into that kitchen.

“The Illustrated Wok: Hand-Drawn Chinese Recipes from Around the World”

By Lilly Chow, Matt P. Jager and Jonathan White

A fantastical, smart collection of artful contemporary Chinese recipes from around the world comes from the creators of The Cleaver Quarterly, the dearly departed collectible print magazine. The 40 recipes were gathered from celebrated chefs and authors from across four continents. The illustrations, from dozens of artists, show not only the dishes, ingredients and techniques, but also worlds unto themselves. One of the seemingly simpler recipes, Chinese chive and dried shrimp pancakes by Chicago’s Fat Rice chef Abe Conlon and co-owner Adrienne Lo, illustrated by Anna O’Connell, reveals layers of rich detail, but most importantly, food you want to make and eat.


Best cookbooks of 2019: ‘Indian-ish’ to ‘Joy of Cooking’ to ‘Ruffage,’ these titles inspire us most

In a publishing year crowded with gear books (Instant Pot, Air Fryers, sous vide) and diet books (Keto, plant-based), it’s got to be hard for authors to stand out. As we searched through the hundreds of books that came in this year, these 11 did. From immigrant cooking to in-depth vegetable how-tos to black culinary history, these books are our picks for 2019′s best — books we’re just as likely to want for ourselves as much as buy for holiday gifts. — Joe Gray

“Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28

Like many children of immigrants, myself included, Priya Krishna grew up on dishes that held the essence of her parents’ home country but were adapted to fit what was available to them. “Indian-ish” is a love letter to Krishna’s mother, Ritu, who made pizzas out of roti, saag paneer with feta and Indian taquitos from leftover sabzi to appease her two American-born daughters. Enjoy a spirited exploration of Krishna’s wholly authentic Indian-ish experience through the lens of her mother’s recipes, from quick weeknight meals to grand dinner parties, that will have you agreeing that Indian food is everyday food, indeed. — Grace Wong

“Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Revised and Updated”

By Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, John Becker, Megan Scott

“Joy of Cooking” has been around since 1931, when Irma S. Rombauer self-published it following her husband’s death. In the intervening years, three subsequent generations of the Rombauer-Becker family have left their mark on the beloved cookbook. This latest installment — a line-by-line review and revision by Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott — strikes just the right balance. It’s modernized, but not lacking in tradition. It’s comprehensive, yet approachable for even first-time home cooks. With the advent of the internet, it’s rare to see a completist cookbook these days keeping “Joy of Cooking” relevant today is an admirable feat. With 600 new recipes and a thoughtful edit of the existing text, it’s an excellent choice for a new generation of cooks, not to mention “Joy” fans who already have an older edition on their shelves. — Jennifer Day

“Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking”

There are cookbooks that tersely mention history tidbits as sidebars to informing recipes or certain cooking techniques. Then there are cookbooks like Toni Tipton-Martin’s “Jubilee,” where history is made present and kept alive. Whether it’s handheld curried beef pies for a snack, sweet tea cakes to accompany a cup of tea or coffee, or spiral sliced ham made luxurious with a Champagne glaze, there’s one lasting thing made tangible in each flip through the pages filled with stirring photography. That is: None of us can afford to discount the role African Americans have always had, from the very beginning, in shaping food in regions across the country. — Nneka M. Okona

“Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time”

James Beard award winning spirits author Brad Thomas Parsons experienced an existential crisis after a revelrous night at a favorite local bar. Who among us hasn’t? Parsons and photographer Ed Anderson though visited more than 80 bars and bartenders across the country, posing the question, “What is the last thing you’d want to drink before you die?” Illuminating answers and shadowed portraits reveal far more than final drinks. Recipes include three for Negroni, one from Lost Lake’s Shelby Allison, co-owner of the lovely Tiki bar in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Now the challenge is on to raise as many glasses from the book before our final last call. — Louisa Chu

“Let’s Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook”

By Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan

You’ll find lots of recipes in this comic book cookbook by Hugh Amano and illustrator Sarah Becan, but the format really comes in handy when explaining the vast and often confusing world of ramen. Don’t know your shio from shoyu? The cookbook breaks down the differences with easy-to-follow illustrations. Wondering why tonkotsu ramen often leaves you in a “pork fat-induced stupor”? The book has a cartoon version of Ivan Orkin, the celebrated ramen restaurateur, tell you why. Even if you never make your own ramen, you’ll better understand what goes into a great bowl. — Nick Kindelsperger

“My Mexico City Kitchen”

Gabriela Cámara is the chef at Contramar, an acclaimed seafood-focused restaurant in Mexico City, so it’s no surprise that here you’ll find the recipe for that restaurant’s iconic tuna tostada. But the bulk of the book focuses on the kind of approachable home cooking that you could do any day of the week. Inside you’ll find humble yet satisfying dishes from soft-boiled egg tacos to a classic tinga de pollo. Don’t miss the salsa section. I think I’ve made the dead simple salsa verde cruda at least five times in the past couple of months. — N.K.

“Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes from Thailand and Beyond”

By Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

As the name suggests, chef Andy Ricker (owner of Pok Pok Restaurants in Portland, Oregon) focuses just on Thai noodle dishes here, with the bulk going to noodle soups. And the recipes work. One sip of the kyaytiaw muu naam sai (noodle soup with pork) and it felt like I was back in Thailand slurping loudly and sweating profusely from adding too much phrik naam som (vinegar-soaked chiles) in the bowl. While nearly every recipe features subrecipes, most of these are relatively simple to prep. Plus, most will happily hang out in your fridge for a few days, so you can recreate the same noodle soup the next day in just a few minutes. — N.K.

“Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables”

Not until well past the halfway point in her book does Abra Berens mention the word that makes up the title. “You gotta get your ruffage,” she writes, remembering an admonishment from some unnamed person, a parent probably. She wields the phrase to dismiss boring salads, then launches into her love of salads and principles for creating great ones. Eating her vegetables is no chore to the former farmer and now chef, at Granor Farm in southwestern Michigan. Instead, “Ruffage” is a fat, 450-page celebration of vegetables, an instructional tome with 100-plus recipes and myriad flavor variations. It’s broken up into a well-considered pantry section, then the recipes, organized by vegetable, 29 of them, from asparagus to turnips and rutabaga. Essays open each chapter, then buying, storing and prep notes, before the recipes. Berens’ writing style is inviting and true and real you feel warmly welcomed in these pages. It’s a remarkable book, really, for an untried name in the publishing industry, and it’s a triumph. — J.G.

“Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook”

By José Andrés and Matt Goulding

Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $39.99

José Andrés, the Spanish-American chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has had a busy decade, but he’s had help. At the height of his modernist tapas success, Andrés and wife Patricia founded World Central Kitchen, serving a hot plate of food when it’s needed most to millions worldwide. This year he and co-author Matt Goulding may help save the world. If you’ve ever wondered what else to do with kale, cauliflower or squash, you’ll find daily inspiration in stunning photographs with every alluring recipe, and stories of friends they call Food Fighters. Start with Andrés’ ode to Spanish tortillas, the potato omelettes that feed his soul. — L.C.

“We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream”

More than just a collection of recipes, “We Are La Cocina” is an intimate anthology of stories from alumni of La Cocina (“kitchen” in Spanish), a kitchen incubator that helps women of color and recent immigrants develop food products, restaurants, food trucks and food stall concepts. You’ll find a recipe for rosemary fried chicken from Fernay McPherson, who is still cooking for the Fillmore and the Mission neighborhoods in San Francisco, next to a guide to nopales guisados (stewed cactus), from Guadalupe Guerrero, who grew up poor in a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico, and brings a profound dignity to what she calls “poverty food.” You’ll be inspired and moved by this celebration of diverse immigrant cultures and stories — complete with stunning portraits of the chefs — and the food that allows you to experience a piece of them. — G.W.

“When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes”


Best Memoir: Notes from a Young Black Chef

Food is an extremely personal part of life, and it is therefore no surprise that there’s a whole sub-genre of cookbooks that fall into the “memoir” realm, recounting the associations one has with certain dishes. In his inspirational new memoir, Kwame Onwuachi, the award-winning executive chef at Kith/Kin and former Top Chef contestant, takes readers on a journey through his career thus far, recounting the good and the bad.

The culinary industry is notoriously tough on any new chef, but as a person of color, it can be even more unfavorable. This book dives head-on into “the intersection of race, fame, and food,” and his personal account will inspire and motivate anyone to follow their dreams, no matter the challenges ahead.


The 45 Best Cookbooks of All Time to Buy for Friends and Family

Our exacting food experts reach for these cookbooks (again and again) in their own kitchens.

Whether you're a kitchen master of Chopped-level proportions or just tiptoeing into the world of creating your own culinary delights, we've got a cookbook or two for you. A good cookbook can help you make gorgeous and delicious meals (or make a perfect foodie gift). You may recognize some updated versions of old favorites from your mother's or even grandmother's kitchen. We're talking Joy of Cooking and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which we bet you can't resist reading in Julia Child's iconic voice. But we've also included some new and exciting options to make creating any course a breeze.

Some of them have stunning food photography that's a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach, while others are more utilitarian for when you just need to get dinner on the table before the kids stage a mutiny. We've even got an Instant Pot cookbook option, for those of you who want to use the trendy kitchen tool to create fantastic meals, fast. A great cookbook also makes an excellent gift for just about any person (or occasion!). I still have the dog-eared copy of Joy my mom got me when I graduated from college, and it's probably the most useful present I've ever received. Add a few to your shopping cart today.

If taking on decadent new recipes is your favorite weekend pastime, Julia Child's got your back. Her superbly-detailed instructions ensure that you will accomplish even the most complex creation. Just be warned: it's hard not to hear her voice in your head as you work your way through them.

Your grandmother probably had a copy of an earlier Joy edition for a reason. This definitive tome comes packed with instructions on making everything from a classic roast to perfect brownies. Its no-frills, no-nonsense recipes include clear, easy-to-follow instructions anyone can use, even if you tend to burn water.

Our test kitchen experts triple-tested all of the recipes in this cookbook, so you know you can trust every single one. With beautiful food photography and mouthwatering dishes, it's both fun to page through and use in your kitchen adventures.

Originally published in 1896 as The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer, this O.G. cookbook stands the test of time. In addition to tried-and-true recipes, it offers advice from Marion Cunningham that feels like you've got a cheerleader by your side, every step of the way. If you're not a confident cook, this book can help.

You'll feel like you're sitting down to dinner with her family as Edna Lewis describes the American country cooking she grew up with over 50 years ago in a small Virginia farming community that was settled by freed slaves. With recipes for all four seasons, you can work your way through this beautiful book all year long.

Sometimes called "the book that changed the way America cooks," this classic earned its spot in the James Beard Hall of Fame with 350 flawless dishes. Updated with full-color photographs, this collectible and usable version is part cookbook, part history book and a necessary addition to your collection.

If you can't make it to the beloved Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, this cookbook is the next best thing. With both classic recipes the restaurant's clientele will recognize and cooking advice from founder and chef Judy Rodgers, it's an excellent addition to your shelves, whether you've been to the restaurant or not.

Home cooks who are short on time but still want to enjoy a scrumptious meal: Look no further than this accessible cookbook. It organizes recipes by prep time, methods and themes, so you can have a restaurant-worthy meal on the table in the amount of time it would take to decide where to order takeout.

If you love your Instant Pot as much as I do, you've got to grab this cookbook. With 60 awesome, easy recipes, it'll quickly become one of your new favorites. And because each of the recipes are triple-tested by our kitchen experts, you know you can trust them.

What better time to get the kids in the kitchen than right now? This cookbook has more than 150 recipes to get the little ones cooking, that adult palates will also enjoy. They're fun, colorful and a great way to introduce small fry to where their food comes from.

Organized by main ingredient, this cookbook from New York Times cooking columnist Melissa Clark features recipes that can serve as dinner all on their own. Add a side salad or some crusty bread if you really want to round things out, but each of the dishes in this beautiful book can feed your family, no side dishes required.

Solo diners, rejoice! Single people often have to settle for lots of leftovers when making standard-sized recipes designed to feed four or more. But all of the dishes in this funny, self-deprecating cookbook are meant for parties of one. But if you're having company, never fear: They also scale up well.

Chef and writer Samin Nosrat believes that anyone can cook if they master the four basic elements of food: salt, fat, acid and heat. This book breaks down this simple philosophy into workable steps, while explaining the science behind it. There's also a canon of 100 essential recipes and tons of variations to help you put it into practice.

The title of this must-have cookbook says it all: Mark Bittman's clear, straightforward instructions will convince every cook they really can master any dish. And for the 20th anniversary edition, each of the recipes comes with a mouthwatering color illustration, and some old favorites got updated for the modern kitchen, so this classic remains as indispensable as ever.

Say it with us now: Good food doesn't have to be expensive. This cookbook was designed to help those living on the $4/day allotment that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides, but all of us can use some help cooking affordably these days. It's also helpful if you're trying to cut down on trips to the store, with advice on stretching pantry staples even further.

Science lovers may want to grab this deep dive of a cookbook just to nerd out on the processes behind how your favorite foods become so delicious. While this cookbook probably offers way more information than you need to know for the average weekday meal, the recipes are fantastic on their own if you want to skip past the deep dive chemistry.

Sick of boring reheated leftovers? Give today's dinner a delicious encore tomorrow with this book that's one part meal-planner, one part leftover wizard. It's equally great for families of picky eaters and smaller households that don't want to eat the same thing four days in a row.

Vegan cooking is neither boring nor tasteless, and this mouthwatering cookbook by Bryant Terry will prove it to you. And because it's organized by ingredient, you can start with your farm share contents and get to a delicious dish.

Cookie guru Dorie Greenspan has high standards for sweets, so you can bet the ones that made it into her cookbook are really worth getting out your baking gear. From fancy treats fit for the annual swap, to bars the kids won't trade away at the lunch table, there's a cookie or two for every taste in this delectable book.

Fans of Baked NYC and Baked Charleston will recognize some of the sweets in this thoroughly modern cookbook. We're talking sweet and salty brownies, Mississippi Mud Pie, a New York black and white cookie and so many more favorites, you'll want to bake your way right through it.

When the temperature dips, a slice of pie just hits the spot. Pick up this bespoke cookbook by the Brooklyn destination to make some of their tasty treats at home. The likes of Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate and Black Currant Lemon Chiffon will have everyone begging for a second slice.

Think you don't have time to bake? Let Nick Malgieri prove you wrong. With detailed instructions, including how batter and dough should look every step of the way, these thorough recipes will help you create just about every dessert on the books. Best of all, the majority take under an hour of prep time.

If you can bake it, it's probably in this definitive instruction manual from King Arthur Flour that includes more than 350 recipes. For those afraid of baking's more finicky requirements, this cookbook will hold your hand every step of the way. It offers in-depth instructions on how baking methods work, and enough foundational knowledge to empower you to experiment beyond that.

Get ready for the bake sale with this old-school baking guide. It includes recipes for everything from souffles to pastries, cookies to popovers, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a different dessert every day of the week.

Claire Saffitz takes a down-to-earth, problem-focused approach to baking that will help even beginner bakers demystify the process. With helpful tips and tricks and advice for every skill level, her signature warmth shines through every gorgeously-shot page, like a friend is walking you through the process.

Learn to cook like an Italian butcher with this cookbook that reveres protein and the vegetables that can headline dinner themselves, with the help of a little fire. Turn your kitchen into a steakhouse with Silverton's help, for a special dinner that you can enjoy in your sweats.

Tieghan Gerard started cooking at 15, as one of seven children growing up in the Colorado mountains. Getting dinner on the table for the chaotic brood grew into a her popular blog, Half Baked Harvest. There, she showcases the same kind of unique takes on comfort food you'll find in this gorgeous book.

Those with dietary restrictions or who want to eat fewer processed foods will love this approachable cookbook. Pick up this cookbook for more than 100 recipes that avoid gluten, dairy, and refined sugar but taste so good, you'll never miss them.

Step into the kitchen with bibis, or grandmothers, from eight African countries that make up the backbone of the spice trade: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea. Their stories, recipes, and evocative photography make this a book to treasure as much as you cook from.

Earlier this year, my partner and I decided to stop eating meat at home. If you'd also like to consume fewer animal products (or you just love amazing food that happens to be Vegetarian or Vegan), you can't miss this one. Meera Sodha writes a vegan column for The Guardian, and these easy, speedy recipes from across the Asian continent will ensure you never miss the meat.


Christmas Eve Menu

'Twas the night before Christmas. Before your family is nestled all snug in their beds and dreaming of sugar plums, it's time to gather for a delicious Christmas Eve meal! The Mr. Food Test Kitchen has taken all the guesswork out of serving amazing Christmas Eve food with our classic menu. Our easy-yet-elegant Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib (page 16) rivals anything you can find at the fanciest restaurant, especially when paired with muffin-style Yorkshire Pudding (page 18). We've also got the perfect Christmas Eve side dishes, and be sure to leave room for one of our holiday desserts, like Creamy Cheesecake with Pomegranate Topping (page 21). And of course, don't forget to leave something special out for Santa! We think Mr. C will appreciate our Cherry Mint Cookies (page 5) with a glass of milk.

Who wants to stuck in the kitchen during the most festive season of the year? Holiday dinners don't have to be backbreaking work, and the Mr. Food Test Kitchen wants to make your Christmas celebrations super-easy. Our collection of "anyone can do it" holiday recipes are festive enough to impress, and simple enough that they don't require hours in kitchen. From fun Christmas cake ideas and traditional Christmas recipes to holiday cocktail recipes and fresh recipes from our friends at Youngstown Pomegranate Arils, our triple-tested holiday recipes will be just what you need for a very merry Christmas.

Whether you're preparing a big holiday meal, making a bring-along dish or hosting a holiday party, you'll be amazed at how fast you can wrap up these Christmas recipes. With our Christmas Celebrations eCookbook, you'll spend less time in the kitchen - which means more time to celebrate the season with your family and friends!


The best holiday cookbooks

The holiday season means a lot of time spent in the kitchen. There&rsquos a lot of baking and cooking to do for the holiday hostess or host. Sweets, cookies, comforting one-pot meals for potlucks, scrumptious sides and more are all on the menu this season. But there&rsquos no need to worry about getting all of those meals prepared. With our top picks for the best Christmas cookbooks to have on hand, you&rsquoll always have a resource of expert tips, ideas and the most delicious Christmas recipes to rely on.


1 Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats
More and more these days we&rsquore encountering people with food allergies and intolerances. And in the past, gluten-free baking might have posed a challenge for cooks unsure what to do. Not anymore. Gluten-free recipes abound and gluten-free sweets are just as yummy and festive as any other sweet, and can feel just as indulgent. Perfect for the festive season. Amazon, $18.15.
2 Hot Cocoa and Other Wintry Beverages Cookbook: And Inspiration for the Season

One of the best things about the holiday season is all those delicious, yummy hot bevvies that come along with it. Spiked or non-alcoholic, it really doesn&rsquot matter &ndash if it&rsquos steaming hot, frothy and more likely than not, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, it equals festive. This handy book helps you navigate the world of holiday drinks with easy steps and pretty pictures. And it means you can stir up something fancy and unique just in time for those last-minute guests. Amazon, $5.50.
3 Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining: Inspired recipes & ideas for celebrating the season

Who does home cooking and entertaining better than Williams-Sonoma? We&rsquore always hunting in the store for the latest gadgets and staples for our kitchen and this festive cookbook will easily become one of your standard go-to books for holiday entertaining (from baking to styling and party prep) year after year. Amazon, $31.47. 4 The Christmas Cookie Cookbook: All the Rules and Delicious Recipes to Start Your Own Holiday Cookie Club
Cookies and Christmas go hand in hand. Christmas cookies are loved by many, come in so many flavours, shapes and sizes, and make the perfect gift for friends, hostesses, co-workers and family. Get the best Christmas cookie recipes from the pros (the authors have been curating the best cookie recipes for 20 years) and there&rsquos the added bonus that this book includes Chanukah and Ramadan recipes to cover all the festive holidays. Amazon, $13.71.
5 Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions

Cook up a fancy and flavourful holiday meal minus all the meat and dairy. Yes, it can be done, and vegans know it. Enjoy all the festive meals with the healthy twist of it being vegan thanks to the over 200 recipes that can be found in this book. Chances are you have a vegan in your group of friends or family (or at the very least a vegetarian), and they will be thankful to have delicious vegan recipes on hand. Amazon, $18.77.
6 The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share

Get your apron on, your oven mitts ready and pull out the mixer. Because when you enter into a cookie swap, you&rsquore going to be making loads of festive treats. This cookbook helps make the task easier with 60 recipes that are ideal for sharing and making large quantities. Even if you don&rsquot do a swap, you can whip up a large batch of Christmas cookies and store them for family and friends to munch on all season. Amazon, $10.79.
7 Christmas with Gordon

How about spending the holidays with one of England&rsquos most notorious chefs? Using Gordon Ramsay&rsquos festive cookbook to help guide you through holiday feasts (perfectly cooked turkey, the most comforting and easy side dishes, and delicious dessert recipes) is like getting personal tips from the eccentric pro, minus the cursing he&rsquos famous for. Amazon, $17.58.

8 The Complete Christmas Book: The All-You-Need Guide to a Memorable Christmas with Recipes, Crafts and Decorating Ideas
An oldie, but goodie. First published in 2007, our friends at Canadian Living helped make Christmas a lot less stressful with their guide to cooking, baking, organizing, decorating and entertaining. A staple that you will refer back to year after year (as we have the past few years), this is not only a great investment for yourself, but also makes a thoughtful and useful gift. Amazon, $15.64.


The Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts in 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.)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.