2023 Cookbook Gift Guide

Welcome to Kitchen Lit’s 2023 Cookbook Gift Guide, a culinary journey through a delectable selection of cookbooks for every palate and passion. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, a food enthusiast, a cocktail connoisseur, or a travel buff, there’s a cookbook in this curated collection to spark their culinary creativity. I’ve scoured the shelves to bring you an array of culinary inspirations, from quick and easy meal prep ideas to delectable French delicacies, from mouthwatering seafood delights to vegan feasts, and even recipes inspired by your favorite movies and TV shows. Dive into these pages and embark on a gastronomic adventure. Find the perfect gift for the foodie in your life or treat yourself to a delicious new year of cooking and baking. So, without further ado, let’s explore this delectable array of cookbooks that are sure to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your culinary passions.

Cookbooks for Everyone

Food That Anchors: Recipes for People On The Go
By: Ellen C Lee 

Meal Prep Magic: Time-Saving Tricks for Stress-Free Cooking
By: Catherine McCord

One Pan Chicken: 70 All-in-One Chicken Recipes For Simple Meals, Every Day
By: Claire Thomson

The Grilled Cheese Cookbook
By: Becks Wilkinson

The Pioneer Woman Cooks―Dinner’s Ready!: 112 Fast and Fabulous Recipes for Slightly Impatient Home Cooks
By: Ree Drummond

Cookbooks for the Bartenders

I’ll Drink to That!: Broadway Cocktails
By: Laurence Maslon and Joan Marcus

Mocktails, Cordials, Syrups, Infusions and more: Over 80 delicious recipes for alcohol-free drinks
By: Ryland Peters & Small

The New Art of Coffee: From Morning Cup to Caffeine Cocktail
By: Ryan Castelaz and Kevin Miyazaki

The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book: Over 50 Mixed Drink Recipes Inspired by the Cult Classic
By: Andre Darlington

The Vieux Carré (Iconic New Orleans Cocktails)
By: John DeMers

Cookbooks for the Francophiles

French Cooking Academy: 100 Essential Recipes for the Home Cook
By: Stephane Nguyen, Kate Blenkiron

Ladurée Macarons: The Recipes
By: Vincent Lemains

Paris Picnic Club: More Than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share*
By: Shaheen Peerbhai & Jennie Levitt

Provence: The Cookbook: Recipes from the French Mediterranean
By: Caroline Rimbert Craig

Simple French Baking: A Simple French Baking Love Story
By: Manon Lagrève

Cookbooks for the Bakers

100 Morning Treats: With Muffins, Rolls, Biscuits, Sweet and Savory Breakfast Breads, and More
By: Sarah Kieffer

Bake Class Step by Step: Recipes for Sweet and Savory Breads, Cakes, Cookies and Desserts
By: Anneka Manning

Bake Your Heart Out: Foolproof Recipes to Level Up Your Home Baking
By: Dan Langan

Cookie School: Recipes, Tips and Techniques for Perfectly Baked Treats
By: Amanda Powell

Mind over Batter: 75 Recipes for Baking as Therapy
By: Jack Hazan

Cookbooks for the BBQ & Southern Food Lovers

Ed Mitchell’s Barbeque
By: Ed Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell

Egg Rolls & Sweet Tea: Asian Inspired, Southern Style
By: Natalie Keng and Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Magnolias Classic Southern Cuisine: Collected Recipes from the Heart of Charleston
By: Don Drake, John D. Smoak, III

Southern Lights: Easier, Lighter, and Better-for-You Recipes from the South
By: Lauren McDuffie 

The Open Fire Cookbook: Over 100 Rustic Recipes for Outdoor Cooking
By: The Coastal Kitchen

Cookbooks for the Movie/TV Lovers

Netflix: The Official Cookbook: Over 70 Recipes from Movie Munchies to Date Night Dinners
By: Insight Editions

The Official Bridgerton Guide to Entertaining: How to Cook, Host, and Toast Like a Member of the Ton
By: Emily Timberlake

The Unofficial Virgin River Cookbook: A Delicious Collection of Recipes Inspired by Your Favorite Small-Town Characters
By: Dahlia Clearwater

Titanic: The Official Cookbook: 40 Timeless Recipes for Every Occasion
By: Veronica Hinke, Weldon Owen

Yellowstone: The Official Dutton Ranch Family Cookbook: Delicious Homestyle Recipes from Character and Real-Life Chef Gabriel “Gator” Guilbeau
By: Gabriel “Gator” Guilbeau

Cookbooks for the Seafood Lovers

Beach Eats: Favorite Surfside Recipes for Every Occasion
By: The Editors of Coastal Living

Coastal Kitchen: Nourishing Seafood Recipes for Everyday Cooking
By: Jenny Shea Rawn 

Florida Keys Cookbook: Recipes & Foodways of Paradise
By: Victoria Shearer

Mussels: An Homage in 50 Recipes 
By: Sergio Herman

Seafood: The Ultimate Cookbook
By: The Coastal Kitchen

Cookbooks for Vegans

Craving Vegan: 101 Recipes to Satisfy Your Appetite the Plant-Based Way
By: Sam Turnball

Plant-Based on a Budget Quick & Easy: 100 Fast, Healthy, Meal-Prep, Freezer-Friendly, and One-Pot Vegan Recipes
By: Toni Okamoto

Simple (Mostly) Vegan Kitchen: 100 nourishing recipes to bring a little sunshine into your day
By: Ellie Bullen

Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan)
By: Shannon Martinez & Mo Wyse

Vegan Vietnamese: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Enjoy Every Day
By: Helen Le

Cookbooks for the International Travelers

Africana: More than 100 Recipes and Flavors Inspired by a Rich Continent
By: Lerato Umah-Shaylor

Cucina di Amalfi: Sun-drenched recipes from Southern Italy’s most magical coastline
By: Ursula Ferrigno

Sofreh: A Contemporary Approach to Classic Persian Cuisine: A Cookbook
By: Nasim Alikhani and Theresa Gambacorta

The Hebridean Baker: My Scottish Island Kitchen
By: Coinneach Macleod 

The Sweet Polish Kitchen: A Celebration of Home Baking and Nostalgic Treats
By: Ren Behan, Nassima Rothacker 

I trust that our 2023 Cookbook Gift Guide has provided you with the inspiration you need to find the perfect culinary gifts for the food enthusiast in your family. The world of gastronomy is a boundless and diverse realm, teeming with uncharted flavors, innovative techniques, and culinary journeys just waiting to be embarked upon. Why not gift them a new culinary adventure today?

Cookbooks possess the extraordinary ability to transport us to distant lands, bygone eras, and various culinary traditions, all within the cozy confines of our own kitchens. Whether your loved one yearns for the hearty richness of Southern cuisine, the vibrant and exotic flavors of Persia, the simplicity of plant-based delights, or the intricacies of mixology, there exists a cookbook suited for every palate and every occasion.

I sincerely hope that this gastronomic odyssey has brought delight, ingenuity, and delectable experiences to your loved one’s kitchen. A cookbook is not just a gift but a gateway to an infinite realm of culinary exploration, and it holds the promise of unforgettable meals shared with those nearest and dearest. Here’s to the joy of cooking and savoring every dish—bon appétit!

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