It is 2018. Most of the world has gone digital. E-books. Audiobooks. Podcasts. But the trusty cookbook remains. If you are looking for any cookbook gift ideas, look no further.
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Cookbooks make great gifts, and they can fit within almost any budget. Some of these books have been around for awhile, but others are new. The one thing they have in common: I got to know them in 2018. If you are looking for a gift for a loved one (or lets be real, yourself!), check these out.
For the no fuss cook: Dining In by Alison Roman
These recipes are approachable, have few ingredients, and are doable for any home cook. Some of my favorite recipes are the minis that hide in some of the chapter transitions. The slow-roasted tomatoes on page 38 are what dreams are made of.
For the person who has a 23andMe kit on their list: The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty
Ok, ok, this isn’t technically a cookbook. There are recipes included, but this book includes an incredible narrative of the author’s journey to explore his family history and the experiences of his ancestors. This book is unlike any other.
For the feminist on your list: Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu
This collection of recipes from badass chefs and other food-centric personalities celebrates women in the culinary industry, and is beautiful to flip through. I love reading the personal stories from women who approach and work with food in so many different ways.
For the friend who loves to entertain: Dinner at the Long Table by Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn
This book is filled with menus for celebrations and gatherings with friends — what’s not to love?! One of my resolutions for 2019 is going to be to have friends over more often, so this book will definitely come in handy.
For the lover of tradition: Victuals by Ronni Lundy
This book is a beautiful deep dive into the food and the traditions of the Appalachian South. The recipes celebrate this oft-overlooked and undervalued cuisine. The chapter on corn is one of my absolute favorites.
For the food historian: The Dictionary of Cuisine by Alexandre Dumas
Better known for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, it turns out Alexandre Dumas was also a bit of a foodie. This book offers descriptions of many ingredients and Dumas’ suggestions for preparation. My hot take: his take on chickpeas has not held up well.
If you are looking for more ideas, check out the cookbooks that inspired me last year!