Instead of giving the newest (and most expensive) cookbooks to the culinary folks on your gift lists this year, why not follow former Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl's advice and stick to the used stacks?Vintage cookbooks run the course between quirky, classic, and just plain strange. I love coming across old rotary club community cookbooks with recipes for jello salad and funky casseroles. If your tastes run a little more highbrow, any cook would appreciate a vintage MFK Fisher or James Beard book.
Half the fun of shopping for old cookbooks is browsing, so I tend to stick to used book stores. However, Amazon and eBay are great resources for vintage books as well. On Ruth's blog, she details her favorite shops for vintage cookbooks in New York and San Francisco.