The best cookbooks for holiday gifts

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If you are reading this story, there is a very good chance that someone you know is going to buy you a cookbook this holiday season. There’s a good reason for that: You can have too many socks, sweaters, belts and slippers, but no one who has ever set foot in a kitchen has honestly said that he or she had too many cookbooks.

That is certainly not to say that just any cookbook will do, however — though to noncooks it may seem that way. Of the hundreds of food books that were published this fall, which are the ones you really want to have in your library?

We in The Times’ Food section have some suggestions. After sifting through the lion’s share of new releases and cooking dozens of recipes from them, we’ve come up with an assortment of 10 books in a variety of categories that we can heartily recommend. We’ve got books from chefs and books from home cooks; there’s Italian, Moroccan and even Viennese; we’ve got a book on ground meat and a book on offal; we’ve even got a “book” that isn’t really a book but could be the best food gift of all.


Photos: Gift guide

Do yourself a favor — make a couple copies of this article and quietly slip them to any noncook you suspect may be shopping for you. You’ll both be a lot happier for it.

Cookbook gift ideas:

‘Neue Cuisine’ by Kurt Gutenbrunner et al.

“The Mozza Cookbook” by Nancy Silverton with Matt Molina and Carolynn Carreño, Alfred Knopf, $35

“Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbable Restaurant” by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz


“Home Cooking With Jean-Georges” by Jean-Georges Vongerichten with Genevieve Ko

“Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal” by Jennifer McLagan

“Momofuku Milk Bar” by Christina Tosi

“The Food52 Cookbook” by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs and the Food52 community

“The Foods of Morocco” by Paula Wolfert

“From the Ground Up” by James Villas


Cooking videos:

“Inventing Cuisine” cooking films