Cookbooks for Every Food Lover on Your List

It was a great year for cookbooks, with a wide variety of new titles that’ll appeal to serious cooks, newbies and those who simply enjoy displaying gorgeous food photography on their coffee tables.
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Holiday shopping for your ever-growing list of family and friends can be stressful. But if you, like us, have a number of food-obsessed people in your life, it’s about to get a lot easier. It was a great year for cookbooks, with a wide variety of new titles that’ll appeal to serious cooks, newbies and those who simply enjoy displaying gorgeous food photography on their coffee tables. Here are cookbook recommendations for pretty much everyone on your list. Bonus: Cookbooks are super-easy to ship anywhere via Amazon or the Food Network Store.

The Science Geek: The Food Lab ($28)

Based on his popular Serious Eats column, J. Kenji López-Alt's first cookbook focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes. Through his recipes for classics like tomato sauce and potato casserole, López-Alt shows that conventional methods don’t often work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new ― but still simple ― techniques.

The Busy Parent: Dinner Solved! ($13)

Katie Workman, author of the popular Mom 100 blog and cookbook, follows up with a new book that solves one of the most-common family dinner dilemmas: How do you make everyone at the table happy without turning into a short-order cook? With her "fork in the road" method, it's easy to adapt one recipe (like Chicken Tikka Masala-ish) to please vegetarians, carnivores and picky eaters alike.

The Hostess with the Mostess: Make It Ahead ($30)

Ina Garten's latest cookbook is a savior for anyone who loves to entertain but doesn't want to be stuck in the kitchen during the party. Every recipe includes clear instructions for what you can prepare ahead of time. There's even a full make-ahead Thanksgiving dinner (thinking ahead to 2016)!

The Breakfast Lover: Brunch @ Bobby’s ($30)

Bobby Flay may be best known for his skills at the grill and his Southwestern flavors, but brunch is his favorite meal of the week. Inspired by his popular series Brunch @ Bobby's, his latest cookbook offers 140 recipes that explore the sweet and savory side of this late-morning meal. Make his towering stack of chocolate pancakes, as well as an all-new take on bacon, eggs and hash browns, and more.

The Millenial: Nerdy Nummies ($17)

The first cookbook from Rosanna Pansino, the creator and host of the Internet’s popular baking show Nerdy Nummies, is a collection of all-time favorite geeky recipes from the show as well as all-new creations. Make Moon Phase Macarons, the Periodic Table of Cupcakes and more. Fans should be sure to check out Ro’s holiday special on Cooking Channel.

The Ottolenghi Disciple: Nopi ($40) or Zahav ($35)

If you know someone who has already cooked his or her way through Jerusalem, Plenty and Plenty More, cover to cover, get your hands on Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest title, fast. The celebrated cookbook author partners with Head Chef Ramael Scully in this collection of recipes from their London restaurant, Nopi. An Asian-inspired pantry meets Middle Eastern influences in dishes like butternut squash with ginger tomatoes and lime yogurt. For more intriguing Middle Eastern flavors, check out Israeli-born chef Michael Solomonov’s first cookbook, Zahav. The James Beard Award-winning chef reinterprets the Israeli cuisine of his popular Philadelphia restaurant for home cooks.

The Farmers Market Regular: My Pantry ($25)

Iconic Berkeley, Calif., chef Alice Waters provides an entry-level introduction to her philosophy of local, seasonal food and cooking in this collection of essays and recipes. The unconventional cookbook features pen-and-ink illustrations by Waters' daughter, Fanny Singer, and highlights building-block ingredients for creating satisfying simple meals all year long.

The Fitness Fanatic: Fit Fuel ($22)

In his new book, Restaurant: Impossible host Robert Irvine breaks down the ins and outs of what it takes to “fuel your life”: just a handful of principles, including “Eat real food” and “Believe you can change.” Part cookbook, part pep talk and part handy exercise manual, Robert's new book doesn’t just talk the talk of what it takes to get in shape; it also walks the walk, as Robert personally demonstrates how to complete some of the best moves, and explains the whys and hows behind them.

The Adventurous Baker: Milk Bar Life ($35)

Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar shows the savory side of her insanely creative baking repertoire in this new cookbook, which includes recipes for Kimcheezits with Blue Cheese Dip, Burnt Honey-Butter Kale with Sesame Seeds, and Choose Your Own Adventure Chorizo Burgers. Crack Pie and Compost Cookie addicts need not worry: There are still plenty of new recipes to satisfy a sweet tooth.

The Restaurant Obsessive/Cocktail Whiz: The NoMad Cookbook ($60)

From the proprietors of New York's popular restaurant The NoMad comes this uniquely packaged cookbook. There are dozens of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the restaurant's menu, and a hidden back panel opens to reveal a separate cocktail book, so you can re-create the flavors of The NoMad's Library Bar at home.

The Travel Fiend: Near & Far ($30)

Best-selling author and award-winning food blogger Heidi Swanson traveled the world to compile this personal collection of 120 vegetarian recipes. Swanson adapts global dishes for the home cook in her Northern California kitchen and brings them to life with artful photography.

The Kid Chef: Chop, Sizzle, Wow ($15)

A fun and useful gift for food-loving kids and adults alike, this unique book takes 50 simple Italian home cooking recipes from the quintessential Silver Spoon cookbook and reframes them in comic book form. Each recipe features hand‐drawn illustrations in a step-by-step graphic format that couldn't be easier to follow.

For more new cookbook ideas to complete your holiday shopping, check out our full Holiday Cookbook Guide.

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