Best Cookbooks to Give this Year — For the cooks in your life, or those who want to be, here are our suggestions! From revolutionary titles, to new releases, to classic cookbooks every kitchen should have.
I recently read an interesting article from the Washington Post entitled, “These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed — and they still hold up today.”
Smiling, I shared it with my mom and other friends who love cookbooks as much as I do. All of us agreed with the Washington Post. And we each have all three. As a cookbook collector, these 3 are front-and-center in my easiest-to-reach bookshelf dedicated, of course, to cookbooks.
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Best Cookbooks to Give This Year
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Viral Cookbooks Before the Internet Existed
1. The Silver Palate Cookbook (1982) — This updated Silver Palate Cookbook was released for its 25th Anniversary. When it was first released in 1982, only 37,000 books were printed. Today, 2.7 million have been sold.
2. Entertaining: Martha Stewart (1982) — Martha’s first cookbook also was released in 1982. “As a result, it was the perfect book at the perfect time,” she says. “It is still in print, 35 years later, and it still offers a lot of sound, sage advice, which I’m grateful for.”
3. The Victory Garden Cookbook (1982) — “Arranged alphabetically from asparagus to zucchini and clocking in at more than 800 recipes, the “Victory Garden” book has instructions for growing, harvesting, storing, buying and cooking each vegetable.”
Newer Release Cookbooks to Give This Year
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It — Ree Drummonds latest release. She says, “Here are some of my favorite make-it-happen dishes, pulled from my nonstop life as a busy wife, mother of four, and lifelong lover of food! The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! includes more than 120 of my best solutions for tasty, wholesome meals (with minimal fuss!) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. (And let’s not forget the glue that holds it all together: desserts! There are some dandies in here, friends.)”
Smitten Kitchen Everyday — New York Times Best-selling author presents in this new title 100-plus recipes she says “are impossible to resist.”
Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker: 110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test- Kitchen Tips and Strategies — Newly released, Martha Stewart doesn’t diappoint as she gives more than a hundred recipes of braising, stewing, poaching, baking and lots more.
Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot® — Inspired by her viral New York Times article “Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot®? I Bought One to Find Out,” Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant has all new recipes that bring her signature flavor-forward dishes to everyone’s favorite countertop appliance.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition by Mark Bittman — This new edition has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks: New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated. And, new for this edition, the recipes are showcased in bright full-color photos throughout.
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life — Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up — It is usually the fist question you ask after receiving an invitation to a gathering or event: “What Can I Bring?” Now you’ll have the answer! Based on the popular monthly feature “What Can I Bring?” in Southern Living magazine, no matter what the occasion, you’ll have the perfect dish.
Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table: More Than 300 All-New Healthy and Delicious Recipes from Our Homes to Yours — newly released, The Trim Healthy Mamas have helped hundreds of thousands of women lose weight and live healthier lives with their bestselling cookbook and eating plan and now they are ready to help the entire family! After experiencing incredible life transformations of their own, readers want to be able to help their families feel better and trim down, too.
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes — With Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, you can get a nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly meal—complete with a flourless chocolate brownie made in a slow cooker—on the table any night of the week.
Classic Cookbooks Every Kitchen Should Have
The Fanny Farmer Cookbook — Here is the great basic American cookbook—with more than 1,990 recipes, plain and fancy—that belongs in every household.
Joy of Cooking — The bestselling Joy of Cooking—the book Julia Child called “a fundamental resource for any American cook”—now in a revised and updated 75th Anniversary edition, which restores the voice of the original authors and many of the most beloved recipes from past editions and includes quick, healthy recipes for the way we cook today. JOY is a timeless kitchen essential for this generation and the next.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 — For over fifty years, New York Times bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking has been the definitive book on the subject for American readers. Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages home cooks will find something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine, from historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 16th Edition — Since 1930, home cooks have turned to Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book for guidance in the kitchen. This new edition includes more than 1,200 recipes, 1,000 color photos, and more tips and how-to information than ever.
Baking: From My Home to Yours — Dorie Greenspan has written recipes for the most eminent chefs in the world: Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and arguably the greatest of them all, Julia Child, who once told Dorie, “You write recipes just the way I do.” Her recipe writing has won widespread praise for its literate curiosity and “patient but exuberant style.” (One hard-boiled critic called it “a joy forever.”) In Baking: From My Home to Yours, her masterwork, Dorie applies the lessons from three decades of experience to her first and real love: home baking. The 300 recipes will seduce a new generation of bakers, whether their favorite kitchen tools are a bowl and a whisk or a stand mixer and a baker’s torch.
Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen — Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends—200 recipes in all. There are the simple dinners Jacques prepares for his wife, like the world’s best burgers (the secret is ground brisket). There are elegant dinners for small gatherings, with tantalizing starters like Camembert cheese with a pistachio crust and desserts like little foolproof chocolate soufflés. And there are the dishes for backyard parties, including grilled chicken tenderloin in an Argentinean chimichurri sauce.
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