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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Flour + Water: Pasta, $35 from Amazon: Making pasta from scratch is actually easier than it looks, but this book elevates it to an artform.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Cookbook Book, $60 from Amazon: A very meta gift for cookbook lovers.
- Della Fattoria Bread, $30 from Amazon: I love this bakery's wood-fired breads and pastries and am excited to replicate them at home!
- 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.