A beautiful cookbook makes a terrific gift. Who doesn’t love to leaf through the options and look at the photos of creative and lovely meals? Here are my top picks from 2015.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime, by Ree Drummond
Blogger Ree Drummond, who writes about her life on a ranch, has knocked it out of the park (again) with her new cookbook. This one focuses on comfort food dinners, and is great for cooks at all levels. It ranges from super-quick meals, to pasta, sides, and make-ahead freezer items. Lots of pictures show the way, and the text includes the family stories behind the food. A terrific gift for any cook.
The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook, by America’s Test Kitchen
Eat your vegetables! This practical and comprehensive cookbook produced by America’s Test Kitchen is wide-ranging and really useful. Icons are used throughout the book to indicate if the recipe is gluten-free, vegan, etc., and there are tons of colour photos to illustrate key steps and tricky techniques. Put a bow on this one for the vegetarians on your Christmas list (while you scarf down another helping of turkey).
Food52 Genius Recipes, by Kristen Miglore
Not for the beginner, this cookbook is a compilation of favourite recipes that the author (a food blogger on Food52) considers game-changers. That is, they involve new techniques, use an ingredient in a new way, or debunk a kitchen myth. Beautifully illustrated, this book will make a great gift for the dedicated foodie on your list.
Deliciously Ella, by Ella Woodward
Popular blogger, Ella Woodward, was bed-ridden and in chronic pain. When conventional medicine failed her, she tried a change in diet – and has been blogging about plant-based, gluten-free cooking ever since. Sweet-potato brownies anyone? Roasted butternut squash risotto? This is the perfect gift for the health-conscious and for people interested in going gluten-free.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, by Richa Hingle
Who could resist a recipe book containing items like Mango Curry Tofu and Avocado Naan? Richa Hingle delivers the secrets of Indian spices and cooking, and provides workflow tips to incorporate modern appliances and techniques. Plus it’s vegan and has many gluten-free options. An ideal gift for the health-focused and adventurous cooks on your list.
You’re running out of time. Give the gift of yum.