The top cookbooks for the cook in your life, no matter what their skill level, and all published in 2021. This cookbooks guide includes flavors from all over the world, from the exotic to creative reinventions of your favorites. You’ll find something for everyone on your list who loves to cook!
It’s time to kick off the gift-giving season, and what better way to say you care than a cookbook for the cook in your life?
For me, that’s love… And I know it shows with my insane collection of cookbooks that I stare at every day in my office.
Ok so maybe I’m a little obsessed. I feel like that means I have a beat on the good cookbooks out there though, right?
This year for the cookbooks guide, I wanted to include a real variety of options for you all. There are so many different diets and cultures covered in this collection! Particularly, I wanted to focus on the NEWER cookbooks so all of these have been released in 2021.
That means there’s less likelihood that they already have it sitting on their bookshelf!
Below you’ll find cookbooks for the adventurous home cook looking for new flavors to explore. You’ll also find books for those looking to hone their cooking and baking skills. There’s even some new cuisines that you may not have seen on shelves yet!
Also, these books make an ideal pairing for any of these cocktail lover’s gifts! If you are going to a party, these hostess gifts are the best.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Cookbooks
Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top
I love a cookbook that brings delicious recipes along with a personal story! Such a beautiful journey to follow along with life lessons and family history.
The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen
This book takes Korean dishes and makes them vegan-friendly. You don't have to be a vegan to enjoy this gorgeous book and her story of growing up Korean.
Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple
Personally, I'm a big fan of anything Dorie Greenspan does, and this baking cookbook doesn't disappoint. There's everything from breakfast to cookies to pastries and everything in between for baking fans.
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora
There isn't enough about Black cuisine out there and this book really takes a deep dive into Black cultures from around the globe. It's a celebration of Black culture in a cookbook.
New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian
As a big believer in food being the entry point for all cultures, this is a lovely introduction to Native American cuisine. For the person who loves to explore new cuisines, this is the perfect gift.
Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food
As someone who wants to make healthy eating a part of their everyday, I am all over this comfort food book. It doesn't matter your skill level, this book appeals to everyone who wants to put something new on the dinner table that's also healthy!
Getaway: Food & Drink to Transport You
For the traveller, let this cookbook take them all around the globe without having to leave their kitchen!
Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch
A modern take on Jewish food is much appreciated, especially when it involves matzo balls and challah. I mean, the Pumpkin Spice Babka... Need I say more?
The Food of Oaxaca: Recipes and Stories from Mexico's Culinary Capital
Oaxaca births some of the most incredible cooks, so I love the idea of getting to know the culture behind their upbringing. You get a full immersion into the food of Oaxaca.
The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom
Chrissy Tiegan's mom brings the flavor with this Thai cookbook! It's the new go-to cookbook for those hoping to make their favorite Thai dishes at home.
Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat
One of the more unique cookbooks released this year, you can bolster your skills and confidence in the kitchen within these pages. Clear, uncomplicated recipes with some great lessons make this a perfect gift for any passionate cook.
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