What I'm Giving: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

'Tis the season for holiday shopping ... this gift guide includes some of my favorite
cookbooks plus a few titles I'd love to add to my personal collection. 

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Deep Run Roots Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? The Food Lab Every Grain of Rice How to Cook Everything Plenty The New Midwestern Table Whole 30 Cookbook Small Victories The Heart of the Plate The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook The Heart of the Plate Image Map
Books are one of my favorite last-minute gift ideas. Because, well, Amazon Prime. Or just require a quick run to your local bookstore, of course. If you have an aspiring home cook or chef on your list, pick up one of these titles. I own several of these books myself and reference them often.

The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen
This book is perfect for your gluten-free friend or family member. I've used the gluten-free all-purpose flour mix recipe from this book, and it works like a dream. Even non-GF folks won't be able to tell the difference! 

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
Written by the OG of food blogging, Deb Perelman's book is one of my favorites for its approachable recipes.

Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard
I am a super-fan of Vivian Howard's PBS show (A Chef's Life) and can't wait to get a hold of this veritable tome of Southern cuisine that was just published this past fall. 

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Though I am typically drawn to cookbooks with full-page photos, Mark Bittman is your go-to man for in-the-kitchen basics. In addition to this title, I also own Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten
I am a consummate watcher of Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa, so of course I have to have at least one of her titles on my list. I'm also a fan of her most recent book Cooking for Jeffrey

The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
If you're in need of a new podcast to listen to, I highly recommend Eater.com's Eater Upsell podcast in which the two hosts interview chefs and restaurant/cooking adjacent folks. A recent episode featured J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats, and he talked about his cookbook, which sounds like a great resource to have in your cookbook repertoire.

Every Grain of Rice by Fuschia Dunlop
When you live in the middle of nowhere and want exotic flavors, you have to cook it yourself. Fuschia Dunlop's cookbook makes Chinese cooking accessible.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin
Yotam Ottolenghi put Israeli cuisine on the map and this cookbook is full of Mediterranean vegetable recipes that would entice any palate. 

The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen
Given that we live at a fairly similar latitude, I find myself drawn to Amy Thielen's stories and recipes from the Upper Midwest. I first became familiar with Thielen through her show Heartland Table on Food Network. Her recipes are hearty, wholesome, and full of heart.

The Whole 30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig
I've never done the Whole 30, but I have friends who swear by it. Maybe I'll give it a whirl in 2017? If so, I'm going to need this cookbook. 

Julia Turshen is well-known as a cookbook developer (including It's All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow and Spain: A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali). This cookbook is all Julia, however. And it's been named to several "Best Cookbooks of 2016" lists. I'm currently awaiting my copy at the library.

The Heart of the Plate by Mollie Katzen
Mollie Katzen is synonymous with vegetarian cooking. (Her Moosewood cookbooks are familiar to every vegetarian, I'm sure.) This cookbook is full of more of her unfussy vegetarian recipes. I own a copy of this one, and recently bookmarked a number of recipes to try over the next couple of months.