13 Cookbook Gift Ideas

I thought it would be fun to share some great new cookbooks on the shelves that I’ve been reading.  I think these would be great gifts for the foodie on your gift list and of course to cook from!

I love reading cookbooks, not just cooking from them.  I love when the author shares an extra tip or a personal story along with a recipe…it feels so personal.  Do you read cookbooks or just search out a good recipe?

13 Cookbook Gift Ideas


Something for Every Cooking Style

Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations by Jonnie Downing (MSRP: $15.95) Make holiday cooking easy by using your slow cooker and the recipes in this fabulous book!  Jonnie has you covered from New Year’s to Christmas and  appetizers to desserts!

Taste of Treme: Creole, Cajun, and Soul Food from New Orleans’ Famous Neighborhood of Jazz by Todd-Michael St. Pierre (MSRP: $21.95) “captures all of the amazing Creole and Cajun flavors of Tremé, the culturally-rich New Orleans neighborhood that was the birthplace of jazz.”  If you love New Orleans cuisine or miss the food from a recent trip…remember those Po’ Boy sandwiches, spicy Creole Gumbo, flaky beignets….then you need to check out this cookbook!

Petite Treats: Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Piesby Morgan Greenseth and Christy Beaver (MSRP: $14.95) features delicious, bite-sized, and reduced-guilt sweet treats that are sure to impress family and friends.  Tons of beautiful photos, easy to follow recipes, and tons of tips pack this charming book.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking by Ken Haedrich (MSRP: $9.99) features 118 new from-scratch recipes.  The recipes are easy to follow and use every day ingredients.

Beauty In Every Bite Desserts: Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory dessert recipes by Laurie Vukich (MSRP: $19.95)  I love this book!  It is filled with delicious recipes that are all gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free & soy-free.

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by Lara Ferroni (MSRP: $19.95) You know you wished you could have those Ding Dongs Cheez-Its, and Twinkies. With Lara’s new book, we can now satisfy those cravings and introduce them to our children by making them at home, with whole grains and natural sugars that actually improve the flavors and textures. 50 recipes, real ingredients, and beautiful photos will make you run to your kitchen to cook up your fav!

25,000 Seeds: Where Love Grows by Helen Noble (MSRP: $16.99)  This book about living and loving more fully. It’s a story of taking life to a new level of happiness. The story takes place in the rural midwest from spring planting to fall harvest. It’s full of old-world wisdom and healthy recipes made from the local produce.


Love to eat out?  Check out these two from popular eateries!

The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook: Comfort Food with a Twist by Cynthia Kallile (MSRP: $19.95)  is based off Chicago’s crowd-pleasing hotspot!  These recipes are perfect for “those cozy, holiday get-togethers, and offers a variety of dishes for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.”

The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love by Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy (MSRP: $39.95)

For all you TV and Movie fans….these are some great choices!

Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall (from Top Chef) (MSRP: $30.00) I really enjoyed watching Cheftestant Carla on Top Chef a couple seasons.  She had a great personality and it’s no wonder I enjoyed her cookbook!  She shares lots of tips and affordable recipes.

Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss: Family Favorites as Only Buddy Can Serve Them Up by Buddy Valastro (MSRP: $30.00) I love watching Buddy’s shows and so I knew I would love this one.  100 recipes of American-Italian dishes including some of his grandmother’s secret recipes and his own personal recipes.  YUM!  Buddy also shares lots of great personal stories in his book.

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool-Over 150 Recipes Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia by Dinah Bucholz (MSRP: $19.99)  Over 150 easy-to-make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes bring the world of Narnia to life in your kitchen!

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (MSRP: $16.95)  This book is perfect for any Mad Men fan — or fans of retro cooking, 60s history, or vintage cocktails.

Love Cookbooks as much as I do?  Check out all my reviews and favorite finds on my

Cookbook Review page.

OR Check out more great gifts and even more cookbooks in my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

Disclaimer: I may have received one or more of the above books for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review; all opinions are my own.

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  1. I sometimes check cookbooks out from the library to read and maybe to cook from. The Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations looks very good.

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