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Giving a cookbook as a gift is such a thoughtful gift since it’s super personal. Whether you give a book for food that you love or pick out something you think your loved one will love, these are my recommendations for the Best Cookbooks to Gift.
The Best Cookbooks to Gift
I love giving gifts and I love flipping through the pages of cookbooks to find the best cookbook to give as a gift! I’ve started a list of my favorite books to gift these days and I’ll keep adding to the list as I find more.
When I’m shopping for a cookbook, I first try to find one that the receiver will love. Something they have talked about, something similar to a meal they ordered when we went out to eat, something they feel passionate about, etc. If I still can’t find the perfect book, I scroll through my list of favorites and gift a favorite.
Cookbooks with Simple Recipes
Cookbooks with simple recipes are the only ones that make it into my house! I’m busy and I don’t have time to fuss over meals with two kids that need to rushed to various activities every.single.day of the week.
I think you’ll love the cookbooks that I’ve added to this list. They are all some of my favorite cookbooks and by authors I know I can trust to give great advice, simple recipes, and don’t use a ton of hard-to-find ingredients.
What to Gift with a Cookbook
When I have the budget, I love to give something a little extra besides just a cookbook. I’ll add my favorite kitchen utensil with a ribbon, something that goes with the book. Here are few that gift all the time:
Best Cookbooks to Gift
Without further ado…here is my list for some awesome cookbooks to gift to anyone who loves to cook or try new recipes. Whether the gift is for Christmas, a birthday, or Father’s day there is something on this list for everyone.
Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering
If you're a fan of Chip and Joanna, you'll love this cookbook full of her favorite recipes and personal stories. Recipes the whole family will enjoy, such as:
Chicken Pot Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Asparagus & Fontina Quiche, Peach Caprese.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating
Tons of great new recipes from The Pioneer Woman in this new cookbook. There are 112 brand new step-by-step recipes that bring fresh, exciting elements into your everyday meals. From super-scrumptious breakfasts, to satisfying soups and sandwiches, to deliciously doable suppers and sides—and, of course, a collection of irresistible sweets you’ll want to make immediately!—these pages will deliver a big list of fabulous new dishes for you to add to your repertoire.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
If you loved the Netflix show, you'll love the cookbook. So much good and practical information and delicious recipes too.
Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More
I love all of the Skinnytaste cookbooks and recipes on her website. And I love that these all use all my favorite cooking appliances and methods!
Everyday Slow Cooker: 260 Recipes that practically cook themselves
I love my old Gooseberry Patch books, so I had to include one for my favorite kitchen tool!
This book features those well-loved, wholesome dishes that are shared at church suppers, neighborhood picnics, and family dinners, and they're all made using a handy slow cooker.
Live Fire BBQ and Beyond: Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Your Kamado, Pizza Oven, Fire Pit, Rotisserie and More
Great for all types of grilling over a fire!
It’s true that the live fire method is the oldest form of cooking in the world. But with fun appliances like kamados, pizza ovens, and rotisseries, what’s old is new again! In Live Fire BBQ and Beyond, you’ll discover how to use an open-flame for cooking delicious meat dishes, healthy vegetables, flavor-packed baked goods, and even sweet desserts.
This is my 3rd cookbook that I've written.
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn't correlate with omitting taste in these recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions are complemented by mouthwatering photos that seem to burst off the page with flavor. Danielle's recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and exhilarated, rather than deprived.
Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity
I just found this book last week and fell in love with the concept!
It's a revolutionary way to get a delicious, healthy, and affordable dinner on the table FAST. This tried-and-true method will show you how batch-cooking a few basic components can give you an entire week’s worth of dinners with minimal time and effort.
Smoke It Like a Texas Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker: Recipes and Techniques for Bigger, Bolder Lone Star Flavor
Create authentic Lone Star smokehouse flavors in your own electric smoker with the mouthwatering recipes in this step-by-step primer. Follow the pro tips, tricks and secrets to take your barbecue to the next level. Packed with 70 inspiring color photos, this flavor-filled cookbook provides everything you need to make all four regional variations of Texas barbecue.
This is my 2nd cookbook and probably my favorite of all 3 that I have done!
Air Fryer Perfection: From Crispy Fries and Juicy Steaks to Perfect Vegetables
America's Test Kitchen always has the best recipes...I grew up watching their show on PBS. And now they have a book solely about Air Fryer Recipes!
Smoke It Like a Pit Master with Your Electric Smoker: Recipes and Techniques for Easy and Delicious BBQ
The first of my 3 cookbooks.
Create an authentic smokehouse taste in your own backyard with this step-by-step primer and flavor-filled cookbook. Follow its pro tips to become a true pit master. Then turn up the heat at your next barbecue.
Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book
This newest edition has a fresh organization to reflect how we cook today–recipes have flavor variations, options to swap out ingredients, and ways to make them healthier. Clear directions and how-to photos teach techniques; identification photos clarify the broad range of today's ingredients; charts for meat and poultry give at-a-glance cooking times; and “cheat sheets” throughout present information in easy-to-access bites. And, for the first time, the book is now a handy, lay-flat hardcover, perfect for today’s kitchens.
15 Minute Suppers eBook
Don’t let busy weeknights get you down, you can still create a healthy and delicious supper from start to finish in 15 minutes. If you are newbie in the kitchen then you can expect them to take about 30 minutes, but most home cooks should be able to knock out these recipes in about 15 minutes.
Cooking 101: Easy Scratch Recipes eBook
Wish you could make some basic recipes from scratch? My Cooking 101: Easy Scratch Recipes eBook is filled with my favorite recipes that everyone should know how to make from scratch! They are simple enough for beginners and use regular grocery store ingredients!
The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen: 80 Authentic, Healthy Recipes Made Quick and Easy for Everyday Cooking
The fresh and simple dishes make it easy to eat healthy food throughout the week. Enjoy all of the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean diet, no matter how busy your schedule. Lean proteins, bright produce and heart-healthy oil make for light meals full of zesty, aromatic spices that leave you nourished and satisfied.
Healthy Eating One-Pot Cookbook: 101 Effortless Meals for Your Instant Pot, Sheet Pan, Skillet and Dutch Oven
The key to healthy eating (hint: this isn’t about dieting) is keeping meals effortless and totally delicious. The best part is, you can do it all with just one pot.
This healthy eating cookbook makes it easier than ever to enjoy good-for-you food that is good for your weeknight schedule, too. With 101 satisfying and nutritious recipes for one-and-done meals―no extra pots or pans needed―you’ll spend less time in the kitchen, and more time enjoying real food. Recipes this easy make it hard to eat unhealthy.
The Camp & Cabin Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Prepare Wherever You Go
Get away from it all― but keep eating well!
When it comes time to camping in the great outdoors, or to hitting the road for a rural weekend at the cabin or lake house, there's no reason to compromise on great food. It's easy to whip up delicious meals with any of the recipes in this book: in addition to supply lists and prep work that can be done ahead of time, the instructions include options for cooking both outdoors over a roaring fire or indoors near a cozy hearth.
Vegan Comfort Cooking: 75 Plant-Based Recipes to Satisfy Cravings and Warm Your Soul
Pump up your mornings with Black Forest Breakfast Crepes or Rustic Skillet Potato and Greens Hash. Gather around the dinner table with family and friends to enjoy favorites like Soul-Warming Stew and Dumplings, Sticky Sweet-and-Sour Tofu and Rich and Saucy Bolognese. And satisfy all those between-meal cravings with sweets and snacks like Bangin’ BBQ Cauliflower Wings and Sky-High Apple Pie.
No matter the meal or occasion, Melanie’s recipes prove that the vegan versions of familiar favorites leave you feeling nourished and satisfied.
Keto Sweet Tooth Cookbook: 80 Low-carb Ketogenic Dessert Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Fat Bombs, Shakes, Ice Cream, and More
Following a keto diet means you can never enjoy sweet treats again, right? Think again! You can enjoy delicious desserts and sweet treats with this cookbook, and you can make them all low carb and sugar free!
The Instant Pot College Cookbook: 75 Quick and Easy Meals that Taste Like Home
Cereal and pizza might be enough to sustain a crash study session, but the best brain food is a homemade meal. The Instant Pot® College Cookbook saves college students from four years of nutrient deprivation with quick and easy, budget-friendly meals.
Lush: A Season-by-Season Celebration of Craft Beer and Produce
Craft beer is the new seasonal ingredient.
This cookbook features 80 creative, produce-forward recipes—all of which are made with seasonal craft beer. From Gochujang ISA Shakshuka to Grilled Apricot Saison Shortcakes to Doppelbock Rutabaga Mash, make no mistake: this isn’t your drunk uncle’s beer chili.
Did I miss a great new cookbook? Did your favorite make the list? I’d love to know what your favorite cookbooks are so I can add them to the list.
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