10 Great Cookbooks You May Have Missed This Year

Holiday Gift Guide From The Kitchn

You can't go wrong when you give books for the holidays. And when there are so many great cookbooks to choose from, your shopping list just got a whole lot easier. Here are our favorite cookbooks that might have escaped your notice this year.

Plus, we think it should be customary that if you give a cookbook, the thank you comes in the form of a baked good or meal.

  1. Bitter, $30 from Amazon: Tobacco panna cotta? Gorgeous moody photos? This book flirts with the dark side and goes deep into the one taste often ignored.
  2. Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season, $25 from Amazon: We all need more vibrant food in our lives, and this deeply inspiring and colorful book by Kimberley Hasselbrink was one of our favorites this year.
  3. Flour + Water: Pasta, $35 from Amazon: Making pasta from scratch is actually easier than it looks, but this book elevates it to an artform.
  4. Eat More Better by Dan Pashman, $25 from Amazon: If a food-loving scientist and a stand-up comedian got together, this cookbook would be their love child.

  5. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes, $40 from Amazon: More than 500 cocktail recipes but also step-by-step technique guides.
  6. Twelve Recipes, $27 from Amazon: Written by Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell for his college-bound son, this cookbook is part cooking guide, part life lesson. Great for eager new cooks who love to read.
  7. Josey Baker Bread, $28 from Chronicle Books: Because once you can make The Mill's famed toast at home, you'll be set for life.
  8. Cookbook Book, $60 from Amazon: A very meta gift for cookbook lovers.

  9. Della Fattoria Bread, $30 from Amazon: I love this bakery's wood-fired breads and pastries and am excited to replicate them at home!
  10. The Soda Fountain, $20 from Amazon: Not only does it include some of the tastiest ice cream concoctions, but it also tells the history of the soda fountain and Brooklyn's famous egg cream.

BONUS: The Kitchn Cookbook, $32.50 from Amazon: Okay, we hope you didn't miss this one, but here it is just in case you did. Plus, we couldn't really make a definitive cookbook list without including our own.

(Image credits: The Kitchn; Amazon; Chronicle Books; Ashley Anderson)