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2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

Cookbooks make an incredible gift for the beginner cook all the way to the experienced chef!  I tend to be attracted to cookbooks that have beautiful photos (and lots of them) along with easy-to-follow recipes with easy-to-find ingredients.  I also enjoy really reading my cookbooks so I love when the author connects a story to the recipe, especially a personal one.

It’s been a big year for me this year in my cookbook, ahem, investments so I’d love to pass along my thoughts on which books are worth buying for yourself, your family or your friends!

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

For the Beginner:

Have a newly graduated student on your list?  Or maybe someone that is just beginning to find their way around a kitchen?  I absolutely love the Tasty Ultimate Cookbook for both beginners and the more experienced cooks.  There are tons of simple, yet delicious recipes that are wonderful for the weeknight rush or hosting your very first dinner party!

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide - Tasty Ultimate

The tagline of “how to cook basically anything” is accurate, as the cookbook has an extensive section in the beginning that covers cooking essentials and tips, followed by a few hundred pages of recipes from breakfast through dessert, including holiday recipes!  If you are shopping for a cooking newbie or just want to spice up your weeknight routine, Tasty Ultimate is a winner!

Purchase Tasty Ultimate here:

For the Entertainer:

If you have someone in your life that loves entertaining then you must get them the new Platters and Boards cookbook!  I spoke more about this book in my post, here (and shared a recipe!), and have probably made more recipes out of this cookbook since receiving it a few months ago than any other cookbook this year!  It has dozens of easy to follow, beautiful and flavorful recipes, perfect for everything from a summer barbecue to a fancy dinner party.

Mediterranean Platter Catering

Purchase Platters and Boards Here:

For the Experienced Cook:

I absolutely fell in love with the Flavor Bombs cookbook the second I brought it home.  It is so unique compared to many of my other newer cookbooks in both it’s ingredients and approach to cooking.  It’s complex in the format, where many of the recipes are based off of other spice mixtures or sauces that much be made ahead of time, often from harder-to-find ingredients.

For those looking for a challenge, the rewards are amazing and will be worth every ounce of effort you’ve made in search of the beautiful umami flavor.  For a full overview of this cookbook, as well as a recipe for the umami sauce,  see my post here.

Umami Burger with blue cheese truffle sauce
Truffle Blue Cheese Burger with Umami Master Sauce

Purchase Flavor Bombs here:

For the Reader:

If you have a person in your life that loves to read and cook, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” is the perfect book for them!

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat, the author behind this book is funny, talented and so relatable.  The book has less actual recipes than my other choices and more text, however it’s well worth the read.  Samin discusses so many interesting topics from how acid affects flavor and the right conditions for making food crisp to how food affects your brain depending on it’s temperature.  Extra bonus, she also has a new Netflix series you can check out.  But as always, read the book first!

Purchase Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Here:

For the Vegan and/or Vegetarian:

My favorite cookbook right now featuring plant-based recipes is the new Forks and Knives cookbook, Flavor.  As the name suggests, it’s full of super flavorful recipes using unique spices and techniques.  This book is not just another cookbook recycling the same way to make faux “cheese” sauces and tofu techniques, it instead highlights recipes from across the world!

Flavor - From the 2018 Holiday Cookbook Guide

From Mexican Masa Flatbreads, Yucca Fries with Green Peruvian Dipping Sauce and Thai Green Curry to Spanish Chickpea and Winter Squash Soup, you’re sure to be challenged with new and creative ways to eat plant based!  Make sure and add this to your collection or even better, gift to to your friends and family that enjoy creative plant-based meals!

Buy Flavor Here:

For the Philanthropic:

Let me start by saying that Share is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks.  Although this cookbook is not new to 2018, it is absolutely timeless.   As a supporter of the charity Women for Women International, I was thrilled to see a new way to support them while enjoying a new book full of beautiful photos, interesting and delicious recipes and powerful stories about the women this charity helps to support.

Women for Women International helps women around the world by enrolling them in a one-year program where they receive vital education in everything from business to health and finance as well as emotional support.  They work in many challenged areas around the world, including the home country of my daughter, the Democratic Republic of Congo.  For more information on sponsoring a women through this organization, click here.

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide - Salt

The recipes in the cookbook are diverse and every single one I’ve made so far has been delicious.  We especially enjoyed the Rwandan Chicken Casserole and the Corn fritters with pineapple salsa.  I hope you will consider buying your loved ones this beautiful gift that gives back!

Purchase Share Here:

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