Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we know there are a lot of home cooks out there! Not sure what to get a friend or a loved one who loves being in the kitchen? We’ve rounded up a list of our current cookbook favorites to share. Each cookbook is unique and will make a great gift depending on the interests of your special person.

The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag

9780062345837The Chef Next Door is perfect for friends trying to be more confident in their kitchens and who are interested in mastering basic cooking techniques! Amanda Freitag is a master at knocking out fabulous meals in restaurant kitchens and on the set of Food Network’s Chopped and Iron Chef America. But until recently, she was totally intimidated to cook at home in her tiny apartment kitchen, relating to the fears of many home cooks. She realized she wasn’t alone and set out to help other home cooks and created a list of restaurant-quality recipes that shine in the home kitchen.

The Chef Next Door teaches home cooks a wide range of confidence-instilling skills, tricks, and tips. In her bright, lively voice, she helps you master the basic techniques that are the foundation of good, flavorful cooking. She also teaches you how to think like a chef—to consider seasonality, balancing flavors, understanding the steps, and learning how to improvise—to create a menu and execute dishes with pro techniques, as if she were right there in the kitchen with you.

Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

y648If you have a friend who is a fan of Ree Drummond and all things Pioneer Woman, this new cookbook is the perfect gift! Superstar, Ree Drummond’s latest cookbook is perfect for any busy parent trying to plan weeknight meals, or anyone looking for delicious all-American cuisine.

Ree makes it easy for families to make simple, scrumptious, homemade meals with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime includes more than 125 delicious, easy-to-make recipes for comfort classics, 16-minute meals, freezer-friendly food, as well as soups, main dish salads, and a favorite of her own family: breakfast for dinner.

Duff Bakes by Duff Goldman

y648 (2)If you have a friend who loves baking, Duff Bakes by Duff Goldman, founder at Charm City Cakes, is exactly what you’re looking for. This fun, energetic and wacky cookbook teaches baking fundamentals, with 130 recipes for irresistible must-bake favorites.

Duff and his right-hand baker, Sara Gonzales, give home bakers the down-to-earth essentials they need for creating mouthwatering favorites. Filled with Duff’s engaging earthiness and hilarious personality,  Duff Bakes includes chapters on different types of pastry dough, a variety of cookies, brownies, muffins, bread, biscuits, pies, cakes and cake decorating, gluten-free and vegan desserts, and much more.

The Vitamix Cookbook by Jodi Berg

9780062407207Does your friend have a Vitamix and love making smoothies? Enhance their life with The Vitamix Cookbook by Jodi Berg, which teaches readers that they can make more than just juice or smoothies in their Vitamix.

The Vitamix Cookbook features more than 200 simple, scrumptious, easy-to-prepare recipes that use a blender—most taking less than thirty minutes—including muffins, pancakes, soups, burgers, pasta, cocktails, ice creams, and baked desserts!


The Mediterranean Family Table by Dr. Angelo Acquista

y648 (1)Know someone with a New Year’s resolution to take better care of themselves in 2016? Give them a copy of The Mediterranean Family Table by Dr. Angelo Acquista, which is packed with 125 recipes that are healthy and delicious.

The Mediterranean Family Table combines Dr. Acquista’s medical experience and Sicilian roots to outline the guiding principles of the Mediterranean diet and takes it one step further with a collection of easy, wholesome, and delicious recipes the entire family will love.


Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook by Diane Mott Davidson

9780062194046If your friend is a fan of Diane Mott Davidson’s seventeen book mystery series featuring caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz, or any mystery series for that matter, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is perfect.

Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is packed with more than 160 mouthwatering recipes and charming anecdotes about Diane Mott Davidson’s writing and cooking life, combining the author’s gift for storytelling with her skills in the kitchen. Ever better, Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook is 15% off until December 14th at!


The Joy of Kosher by Jamie Geller

y648Celebrate the holidays with Jamie Geller, author of The Joy of Kosher! This cookbook is perfect for any friend looking to make delicious food to celebrate the Jewish holidays.

Accompanied by gorgeous full-color photos, Joy of Kosher includes original ideas for authentically kosher, foolproof, flexible recipes for scrumptious, nutritious, and easy dishes—all with no slaving over a hot stove or rabbi required. It’s only $18 from December 1-15, just in time for celebrating Chanukah.

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