The Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year

Among all the inspiring and beautiful new cookbooks, there's a perfect present for everyone on your list.
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Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, $21

As Ina Garten’s most-personal cookbook yet, Cooking for Jeffrey is filled with the recipes her husband and their friends request most often, as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s many years together. There are traditional dishes that she’s updated, such as Brisket with Onions and Leeks, along with new favorites, like Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken and Roasted Salmon Tacos.

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Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, $21

You know he’s the master of all things food science and the unequivocal expert of eviliciousness on Cutthroat Kitchen. But do you know what Alton makes himself for breakfast? Probably not — but that’s about to change. His brand-new cookbook, Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, is a collection of the eats and drinks he preps at home on a day-to-day basis, the tried-and-true picks that are all his own, including new takes on morning staples like oatmeal, a kale salad you’ll actually want to eat, sweet treats like spiked bread pudding and much more.

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Appetites: A Cookbook, $23

Appetites, Anthony Bourdain’s first cookbook in more than a decade, boils down 40-plus years of professional cooking and globetrotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites — dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook.

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Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs, $21

Julia Turshen’s collection of over 400 recipes celebrates and demystifies the process of good home cooking through personal lessons and stories — or "small victories" — garnered during her career as a cookbook writer, chef and recipe developer.

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How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking, $26

In this comprehensive bakers' guide, you'll find everything from American classics to trendy updated sweets alike. New bakers will appreciate Mark Bittman’s seasoned advice on essential equipment and ingredient substitutions, plus extensive technique illustrations. The pros will find their creativity unleashed with guidance on how to adapt recipes to become vegan, incorporate new grains, improvise tarts and create customized icebox cakes using a mix-and-match chart. 

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The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well, $16

Ayesha Curry’s debut cookbook invites readers into her home via 100 of her and her family’s favorite home-cooked recipes. This book has something for everybody: simple and delicious Cast Iron Biscuits, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Homemade Granola, Mom's Chicken Soup and more. There are plenty of recipes that get the whole family involved — even the little ones!

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Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop, $17

Allyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell have been sharing their delectable creations with adoring patrons since the first Bobbette & Belle pastry shop opened its doors in 2010. Here, Bobbitt and Bell share the most-beloved recipes that fill their French-inspired pastry shops, including Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies, Dark Chocolate Brownie Fudge Cake, Caramelized Almond Torte and Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie.

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Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 Real-Deal Recipes — Kitchen Tested, Home Approved, $20

"Guy Fieri Family Food is all about the recipes that bring my family together around the dinner table and encouraging others to do the same," Guy explains. With crowd-pleasers like Fire-Roasted Fieri Lasagna, Buffalo Chicken Soup and Sweet Italian Pepper Poppers, Guy’s newest cookbook is sure to bolster your arsenal of easy, everyday recipes (here's a sneak peek at some of them). "At the end of the day,” says Guy, “it's about bringing it back to the basics and celebrating the family at the dinner table."

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Dorie's Cookies, $21

Over the course of her baking career, Dorie Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes, yet she has never written a book about them — until now. To merit her “three purple stars of approval,” every cookie had to be so special that it begged to be made again and again.

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My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India Into a Southern Kitchen, $27

In My Two Souths, you’ll find that Chef Asha Gomez’s recipes are rooted in a profound love of the Southern cooking in the United States and the South Indian flavors of her childhood home. Though they’re thousands of miles apart, these two regions share similarities in traditions, seasonings, and, most importantly, an appreciation of food as both celebration and comfort. This holds true in her recipes for Black Cardamom Smothered Pork Chop, Kerala Fried Chicken and Waffles, Three Spice Carrot Cake and more.

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Food52's A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead, $21

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, founders of the online kitchen and home destination Food52, pull off home-cooked dinners with their families with stunning regularity — but they don't cook every night. The secret? Cooking ahead. Starting with flexible base dishes made on the weekend, Hesser and Stubbs reveal how they mix, match and riff to create new dinners, lunches and even desserts throughout the week.

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Dinner at the Long Table, $40

Andrew Tarlow has grown a restaurant empire on the simple idea that a meal can somehow be beautiful and ambitious but also unfussy and inviting. His debut cookbook captures a year’s worth of dishes meant to be shared among friends: a leisurely ragu followed by fruit and biscotti, paella with tomato toasts, a Catalan custard and more.

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Stir, Sizzle, Bake: Recipes for Your Cast Iron Skillet, $15

The cast-iron skillet has been a humble workhorse used for generations, to crisp bacon perfectly, fry chicken and more. Now you can even use it to turn out tender scones, cakes and breads. A curious home cook, Charlotte Druckman, has figured out possibly every trick for this versatile pan.

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Butter & Scotch: Recipes from Brooklyn's Favorite Bar & Bakery, $22

This cookbook combines two things people love to indulge in: confections and cocktails. Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth, co-owners of Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch, dish up more than 75 recipes for incredible desserts, many of them straight from the boozy bakery’s menu. They also suggest pairings, offer base recipes for creative experimentation and tell you exactly how to cook with alcohol. It's a grownup's dream come true.

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Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen, $23

Cuba’s vibrant culture, colorful cities and incredible cuisine inspired this celebratory cookbook. Get recipes for Cuban-Style Fried Chicken, Tostones Stuffed with Lobster and Conch, Squid-Ink Empanadas, Mojito Cake with Rum-Infused Whipped Cream, and more.

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Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking, $28

Naomi Pomeroy's debut cookbook proves that the best recipes are the ones that make you a better cook. A 20-year veteran chef with four restaurants and a James Beard Award to her name, she learned her trade not in fancy culinary schools but by reading cookbooks. In Taste & Technique, Pomeroy shares her hard-won knowledge, passion and experience along with nearly 140 recipes that outline the fundamentals of cooking.

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Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking, $28

In Breaking Breads, Uri Scheft — the master baker behind Breads Bakery in New York City and Lehamim Bakery in Tel Aviv — takes the combined influences of his Scandinavian heritage, his European pastry training, and his Israeli and New York City homes to provide sweet and savory baking recipes that cover European, Israeli and Middle Eastern favorites. Inside, you’ll find creative takes on challah, babka, ciabatta and more.

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The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, $25

When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster in Harlem, he envisioned more than a restaurant. It would be the heart of his neighborhood, serving Southern black and cross-cultural food. These traditions converge on Rooster’s menu, with Brown Butter Biscuits, Chicken and Waffle, Killer Collards, and Doughnuts with Sweet Potato Cream joined by global-influenced dishes such as Jerk Bacon and Baked Beans, Latino Pork and Plantains, and Chinese Steamed Bass and Fiery Noodles.

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Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm, $24

In 2013 food blogger and classical musician Molly Yeh left Brooklyn to live on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border, where her fiancé was a fifth-generation Norwegian-American sugar beet farmer. Like Yeh's award-winning blog, My Name Is Yeh, Molly on the Range chronicles Yeh's life through photos, more than 100 new recipes, and hilarious stories from life in the city and on the farm.

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The Chef's Library: Favorite Cookbooks from the World's Great Kitchens, $24

All chefs love and cherish cookbooks — and increasingly, cookbooks have become treasured manuals of the trade as well as beautiful art objects. The Chef’s Library brings together a comprehensive collection of cookbooks in a single volume. Readers will discover the books that have galvanized brilliant culinary talents such as Jamie Oliver, Sean Brock, Suzanne Goin, Tom Colicchio and many others. Also featured are influential restaurant cookbooks, essential books on global cuisines and specialist culinary subjects, and historic favorites that have stood the test of time. 

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How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day In Between, $18

"Families crave rituals," says Jenny Rosenstrach, creator of the popular blog and book Dinner: A Love Story. And by "rituals" she means not just the big celebrations — Valentine's Day dinners, Mother's Day brunches or Thanksgiving feasts — but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals: an annual "almost sleepover" party or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes after every braces-tightening session. This warm and inviting guide will help readers turn everyday occasions — whether they're simple or elaborate, daily or annual — into cherished traditions.

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Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, $21

Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout. In Tasting Rome, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture Rome's unique character and truly evolved food culture in a love letter to their adopted city.

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Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts, $24

The editors of Lucky Peach put their heads together to create this impressive portfolio of meat-free recipes that even meat lovers can get behind. The collection of dishes features trusted strategies for adding oomph to produce with flavors that will muscle meat out of the picture.

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Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen, $21

Germany has influenced baking traditions around the world for generations, and this expansive collection of recipes provides delicious inspiration for recreating some of the classics at home — whether it’s for a special breakfast, a celebration with friends and family, or just a regular afternoon coffee-and-cake break.

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Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking, $29

This debut cookbook from Jessica Koslow, award-winning chef of Los Angeles’ popular restaurant Sqirl, features over 100 fresh, market-driven recipes for flavorful and health-conscious dishes, all of which always use real foods — no fake meat or fake sugar here. The recipes also happen to be suitable for vegetarians, vegans or whomever you’re sharing your meal with.

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The London Cookbook: Recipes from the Restaurants, Cafes and Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City, $27

Once known for its watery potatoes, stringy mutton and grayed vegetables, London is now considered one of the most-vibrant cities on the global food map. The London Cookbook reflects the contemporary energy and culinary rebirth of this lively and sophisticated international city. It is a love letter to the city and an insider's guide to its most-delicious haunts, as well as a highly curated and tested collection of the city's best recipes.

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The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients That Speak Volumes, $23

The ethos behind Short Stack Editions is simple: Pair honest, common ingredients with trusted voices in the culinary world for inspired recipes home cooks can actually use. And for their first cookbook, Short Stack founders Nick Fauchald and Kaitlyn Goalen call upon their acclaimed contributors to extend their love letters to favorite ingredients, including apples, bacon, butter, eggs, tomatoes, honey, lemons and sourdough. 

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Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen, $25

Katie Button debuts her first cookbook with a peek inside the kitchen of her award-winning restaurant, Curate. This cookbook features 125 recipes celebrating the vibrant flavors and broad appeal of Spanish food. Button brings the cuisine at Curate into the kitchen of every home cook, showing readers how to re-create classic Spanish dishes and adapt them using American seasonal ingredients.

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Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe, $27

Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick have traveled extensively throughout Turkey and the Middle East, researching recipes and gaining inspiration for their uber-popular cafe and bakery, Sofra. In their first cookbook together, Sortun and Kilpatrick explore the flavors of this popular region, creating accessible recipes for everyday eating and entertaining, from sweet Morning Buns with Orange Blossom Glaze to savory Eggplant Manoushe with Labne and Za'atar.

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The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes, $23

This cookbook was inspired by the 1961 original version of The Artists' & Writers' Cookbook, which included recipes from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore and Harper Lee. The new, vibrantly illustrated version includes stories and recipes from Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, James Franco, Lev Grossman, Roz Chast and many others. The essays are at turns comedic and heart-wrenching, personal and apocalyptic, with recipes that are enchanting to read and re-create.

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