Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Cookbooks of 2016

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Our favorite cookbooks of 2016

Psst...I'm updating this post at the beginning of 2019, and I still love all these cookbooks. Some are written by famous chefs, some by friends, a couple even contributed to by yours truly. Here's the list. Go get em.

FOOD 52 GENIUS RECIPES

Food 52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore: A compilation of recipes deemed by the editors of Food52 to be game-changing in one way or another. The title promises a lot, and many of the recipes really deliver. Includes standards like Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce and Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread, along with many others you likely haven’t heard of.

AT HOME IN THE WHOLE FOOD KITCHEN

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin: Part encyclopedia of the whole food kitchen, part classy vegetarian recipes, many vegan and gluten-free. Gorgeous photos. Would make a really great gift.

A MODERN WAY TO EAT

A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones: A fresh take on vegetarian food from one of the people who helped Jamie Oliver become a big deal. Very appealing vibe, very appealing food.

NEAR & FAR

Near & Far by Heidi Swanson: The latest from the creator of 101 Cookbooks, largely inspired by her world travels. Beautiful photos and lovely, Heidi-ish recipes.

MY PARIS KITCHEN

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz: Recipes and stories from the beloved blogger, all reflecting his take on modern Parisian cuisine. 

STREET VEGAN

Street Vegan by Adam Sobel: Finally a cookbook from the founder of everyone’s favorite vegan food truck The Cinnamon Snail. Such good vegan food. 

IT'S ALL EASY

It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow and Thea Baumann: Hate if you must, but I like this book. I might quintuple the portions, but the food is otherwise lovely, accessible, and beautifully photographed.

PRESERVING ITALY

Preserving Italy by Domenica Marchetti: I searched for a perfect giardiniera recipe for years. When I learned that one of my favorite authors of Italian cookbooks was writing a book on preserving, I knew my time had come. This book does not disappoint.

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD

Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle: You guys! May I interest you in a Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri? The Postman Always Brings Ice? The Count of Monte Cristal? If you like literature and drinking, you’ll love this quirky little cocktail book.

THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg: I’ve talked up this book before. It’s practically a must-have for anyone who likes to create their own dishes with lots of vegetables.

COOKING FOR JEFFREY

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten: A very Barefoot Contessa holiday to you. How bad can that be? 

WE LOVE QUINOA + WE LOVE KALE

We Love Quinoa and We Love Kale by Yours Truly and Friends: Sooooo…it was awkward enough to talk about these once. That said, I really think you’ll like them. 

ZAHAV

Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook: From the chef/owner of the Philadelphia restaurant with the same name. Modern Israeli cuisine done beautifully.

V STREET

V Street by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby: from the owners and chefs of Philadelphia’s haute vegan restaurant Vedge and more casual V Street, this book celebrates plant-based cuisine in full-on street food style.

MOLLY ON THE RANGE

Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh: From the creator of the popular blog My Name is Yeh, this fun and intimate cookbook is nothing short of totally delightful.

THE VANILLA BEAN BAKING BOOK

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book by Sarah Kieffer: From the creator of the wonderful Vanilla Bean Blog. You will want to bake every recipe in this book. I could take or leave like 85% of all baked goods in the world but could leave exactly 0% of these.

YOGURT CULTURE

Yogurt Culture by Cheryl Sternman Rule: Make your own yogurt or just use yogurt in recipes inspired by a wide variety of global cuisines. As with everything she does, Cheryl brings her wit and educated approach to this terrific book.

The Gourmet Kitchen by Jennifer Farley: This book is brand new and just wonderful. Just like on her blog Savory Simple, Jennifer’s recipes and photography are the perfect balance of stunning and accessible. Newer and more seasoned cooks will both enjoy this book.

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