The 16 Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year


Admittedly, we are close to the end of the holiday shopping season. But you’re not out of time yet!!

If you are still struggling with what to get that special someone (or all of your special someones), go with a cookbook. This year brought some seriously unique and delicious cookbooks, sure to please every person on your list. People who love sugar, eat gluten-free, vegetarians, meat lovers, and everyone in between will be satisfied with some of these great choices. Happy shopping!

1. 30-Minute Paleo Meals

Personal chef Melissa Petitto has created a great cookbook for those who eat Paleo! The book offers healthy meals in less than 30 minutes that are Paleo and also gluten free! These meals are great for anyone, but for the more specific or sensitive eater in your life, it is definitely worth the purchase!

2. Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen started as a website that quickly blew up in popularity. The book is hilarious — and definitely not your grandma’s cookbook. Thug Kitchen is written like some people naturally speak, swear words and all. For those with a loose sense of humor that likes to eat healthy, this is the perfect cookbook. (Fun fact: all recipes are vegan!)

3. Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Recently, studies have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet can potentially lead to a longer lifespan. The good news? The Mediterranean way of eating is delicious! This cookbook is compiled from recipes published in Hearst Magazines and are paired with nutrition facts so you know exactly what you are eating.

4. Seriously Delish

Popular blogger Jessica Merchant has compiled some of her best recipes from the blog How Sweet It Is, creating Seriously Delish. The title says it all; over 150 of the best, most delicious recipes are right here in your hand!

5. The Kitchn Cookbook

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand bring one of the best and most unique cookbooks to the kitchen this year. The Kitchn Cookbook is a two-parter. The first half contains the beautiful pictures and great recipes (complete with techniques). The second part is a batch of helpful tips to organize your kitchen. This book has it all.

6. Homemade Decadence

Joy the Baker (Joy Wilson) is one of the most popular baking bloggers out there, therefore this book has been a long time coming! Enjoy Joy’s witty writing as you create her delectable recipes in your own kitchen.

7. Baking Chez Moi

Dorie Greenspan, award-winning author of several other cookbooks, brings a batch of simple but delicious desserts to your table. Greenspan explores the world of French desserts in this awesome book.

8. The Meat Hook Meat Book

Tom Mylan is the founder of the Brooklyn butcher shop known as The Meat Hook and now he has written a book! Mylan walks the reader through his passion for meat sourcing, grilling, and beer drinking.

9. Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes

A bit of a more in-depth cookbook, the first part of the book walks you through fermentation processes, powders, spices, etc. The second part of the book is the actual recipes themselves. The recipes are great, and you will get to know the story behind them as well.

10. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts

Jeni Britton Bauer has created a book of ice cream recipes that are fresh, innovative, and obviously delicious. What stands out about Bauer’s book? The famous ice cream recipes are paired with recipes for dishes you can make alongside them.

11. Prune

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s first cookbook was released this year, and it was certainly worth the wait. Hamilton created the cookbook out of her own recipes served at her restaurant of the same name in New York City. Prune has no intro or index, just purely pictures and recipes. For the classic cookbook fan in your life, Prune is a perfect gift.

12. Baked Occasions

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito are bakers from Brooklyn who have created a definitive holiday and party baking book. With a keen eye for design (yes, even in baking!), the authors of Baked Occasions are sure to make you a hit at every party in 2024.

13. Notes From a Kitchen Volume Three: Part One

Professional photographer Jeff Scott released another awesome volume of the Notes From a Kitchen series this year. The recipe book features unique photography accompanied by notes from various chef’s kitchens. If you don’t have Volumes One and Two, they are worth picking up as well!

14. Fifty Shades of Chicken

This one is inspired by, naturally, the book series Fifty Shades of Grey. The recipe book walks you through making chicken in a variety of ways, all while tickling your funny bone with its solid sense of humor and romance-novel homage.

15. The Greatist Cookbook

It is (almost) 2024, so what kind of a list would be complete without an e-book? The Greatist Cookbook is a complete compilation of some of the best recipes from the most popular food bloggers. The book offers 100 recipes with gorgeous pictures to boot! 

16. Baker’s Dozen

Our own e-cookbook offers 13 healthier breakfast and brunch recipes. Each is a fresh, homemade, wholesome, delicious way to start your day! Baker’s Dozen is only 99 cents and is available for all digital reading devices. 

Also Read: 

The Best Food Gift Recipes You Still Have Time to Make

Jim Gaffigan’s Hilarious Food Rules for Everyone Not to Live by

5 Best Healthy Cookbooks for Kids

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