If you have a cook in your life and you are searching for what to give them I have some great cookbook gift ideas for you! I am going to share some of my favorite cookbooks with you – with one exception I have purchased these cookbooks. I do a fair number of cookbook reviews on the blog but I wanted to keep this to cookbooks I have been using for years or the ones I turn to over and over again.
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Cookbook Gift Ideas
If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time you know that I love to cook. I have also long been a collector of cookbooks. Before we moved into the fifthwheel I probably had well over 3oo of them but I obviously had to pare down to live in a 400 square foot space. Since moving back into a house I’ve started amassing cookbooks again but I have some that I use over and over again – like my Betty Crocker. I refer back to that for basic recipes like baking powder biscuits and the like. I was given my copy as a shower present in 1981, So read on to see what cookbooks I love.
I love to bake and I bake quite frequently. That means most of my cookbooks deal with baking. Often times when I want to make something I will read several recipes and then come up with something completely new. That is the fun of having so many cookbooks!
My favorite cookie cookbook is The Perfect Cookie by America’s Test Kitchen – the hubby bought this for me for Christmas last year and it has pretty much become my go/to cookie book. I reviewed it and shared a recipe for Cornmeal Orange Cookies that were to.die.for.
I so loved The Perfect Cookie that when the companion book The Perfect Cake came out in 2018 I actually pre-ordered it. It is one of my most favorite cookbooks for all kinds of cakes from simple coffee cakes to fancy celebration cakes. I recently adapted a Carrot Cake recipe from the book.
My other go/to baking book is an oldie but a goodie – Baking by Dorie Greenspan. This is one of the first new cookbooks I bought when we moved into the yurt. It has all kinds of cake recipes for simple cakes and my favorite chocolate cake with boiled frosting. It’s a recipe I turn to over and over again when I want a delicious cake with a perfectly light and fluffy topping.
Looking at this list you would think that I only bake sweet things but that is not true. I also bake all of our bread. I regularly make Challah – which is a great sandwich bread if you haven’t tried it – and bagels. I swear by The Secrets of a Jewish Baker for my bread recipes. I have been using this cookbook since it first published in 1993. I wore out my first copy and bought a second, hardback copy.
OK, maybe a couple of these aren’t quite “general” but they aren’t about baking so I include them in this section. I will admit that when it comes to making dinner I’m pretty much a wing it type of cook. I will use a cookbook for base recipes – this is where Betty Crocker often comes in – for things like quiche or souffle but then I let my imagination fly.
I cannot remember the last time I used store bought pasta. I used to buy penne because I had no way of making it but last year the hubby gave me the pasta press attachment for my KitchenAid. I have been making my own fettuccine for many years as I’ve had that attachment for a long time. I recently purchased Making Artisan Pasta and now use it for all of my noodley meals. Oh, and for the gnocchi I made for the first time.
I loved The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook when it was sent to me for review. It has recipes that celebrate eating seasonally and despite being geared towards Montana it is easy to find ways to substitute ingredients to fit where you live. I have gone back to the New York Cheesecake recipe several times since I reviewed the book on the blog.
I just received my copy of The New Southern Cookbook. I am looking forward to trying many of the recipes I’ve seen in it. I made the Herbed Baked Chicken with Tangy Orange Sauce the other night and it was delicious. I had been seeing a lot of positive comments about the book so I pre-ordered a copy. I am glad that I did.
Cookbooks Make Great Gifts
These are just a few suggestions from my cookbook library. I have so many others that I don’t have listed here and I have a wishlist a mile long. Below are just a few that I’d welcome on my shelves – so would any other cook:
- Cook’s Baking Book from America’s Test Kitchen
- Brave Tart by Stella Parks
- Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
- A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets by George Greenstein
If you have a cook in your life and you don’t know what to get them a cookbook is great place to start.