10 Cookbooks & Food Memoirs Worth Gifting This Year

Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn

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It's the season for cookbook roundups and best-of lists, and since we mentioned or reviewed over 250 cookbooks this year, it was tough to pick out our favorites.

In the end, we came up with a list of books that may be a little off the beaten path — no Ottolenghi, no The Art of Simple Food II, as these and other big hitters are books we imagine you already have on your radar. Instead, our list includes ten books that we loved and took into our kitchens this year, books that gave us something new to chew on, or taught us new things. When we thought back over the year, these are the ones we really remembered.

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And just a couple more...

And then, if you'll allow us a moment of self-promotion, we also wanted to mention that two of our own wrote well-received books this year. Here's a peek at two 2013 books from The Kitchn's staff.


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This year, The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy aren't just sharing great ideas in our gift guides, we're giving away $1,000 to help one lucky readerpurchase presents for their friends and family! Through Friday, December 13th, we'll publish new gift guides each day on both sites while collecting entries in the sweepstakes. (See Official Rules for details. One entry per reader, please.) Enter below for a chance to receive a bit of extra help from us this holiday season — we want it to be your best and brightest yet!

And we're not done. Starting on Monday, December 16, The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy editors have lined up ten absolutely unbelievable items (really, you won't believe how great they are!) for our big, blowout week-long Holiday Giveaway 2013. To be notified on when and how to enter to win these super-special gifts, sign up for our giveaway email today, and you won't miss a single one.

Happy Holidays!

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