The Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year

Our food editors picked their favorite new cookbooks that they would love to gift (or own) this holiday season.
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Basque Country by Marti Buckley

This book gives you a true taste of northern Spain, including an entire section devoted to pintxos, the snacks served at Basque Country bars (think peppers, olives, and anchovies on a toothpick). The little bites are so good that they may inspire a New Year’s resolution: Throw more cocktail parties! —Charles Grayauskie, test kitchen associate

Buy it: Basque Country by Marti Buckley, $22 on Amazon

Eat a Little Better by Sam Kass

Warning: this book might cause nostalgia pangs for a time before 2016. Kass, the former White House senior policy adviser on nutrition and the Obama family’s personal chef, makes the compelling case that little changes to your diet can really make a difference in a nonpreachy and totally tasty way. This book is for anyone who would be intrigued by a recipe called POTUS’s Lucky Pasta(!) or those who just want to learn how to eat a little better in 2019. —Grace Rasmus, associate digital editor

Buy it: Eat a Little Better by Sam Kass, $19 on Amazon

Wine Food by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker

In this book, the Portland, Oregon–based duo of Frank (the sommelier) and Slonecker (the recipe developer) shows you how to pair like a pro. The wine-buying and serving tips and detailed pairing descriptions will feed your inner wine geek. The spot-on matchups—like Beaujolais with roast chicken—will feed you and your guests. —Tara Holland, food editorial assistant

Buy it: Wine Food by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker, $17 on Amazon

Cake by Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman

This sweet little book (it’s about seven inches square) is full of Kalman’s charming illustrations, plus 17 recipes to help make your life a little more delicious. Kalman’s endearing cake-related memories make this one as enjoyable to read as it is to cook from. —Janet Taylor McCracken, food director

Buy it: Cake by Mira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman, $17 on Amazon

How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry

On the cover of this book is a quote from Nigella Lawson: “I couldn’t love anyone who didn’t love this book.” That seemed a little over the top—until I started cooking from it. It’s full of beautiful pictures of beautiful food and recipes that really won me over. Bonus: The cover is fuzzy. Just like a peach. I should have known that I could trust Nigella. —JTM

Buy it: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry, $23 on Amazon

Season by Nik Sharma

Sharma, the Bay Area, California–based blogger behind A Brown Table, takes readers through his journey from a kid in Bombay, India, to his coming of age (and coming out) in America. Sharma studied molecular genetics, and his scientific precision shows in his carefully crafted Indian-influenced recipes. The seared scallops with apple-and-pear mostarda and the chocolate chip cookies made with jaggery (an unrefined sugar that tastes like molasses) are on repeat in my house. —Nina Elder, executive food editor

Buy it: Season by Nik Sharma, $23 on Amazon

A Very Serious Cookbook by Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske

The chefs from New York City restaurants Contra and Wildair pair good ingredients with radical (but doable!) techniques. The restaurant-quality dishes that look like modern art on the plate—like radishes with seaweed butter, sumac crackers, and popcorn mousse—are remarkably easy to follow for adventurous home cooks. —Alexa Weibel, senior food editor

Buy it: A Very Serious Cookbook by Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, $47 on Amazon

Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

Greenspan shares how she cooks at home with playful but practical recipes that take familiar food and give it a fresh spin. My family gobbled up the Lemon-Fennel Chicken in a Pot and had fun guessing the secret ingredient that made the So-Good Miso Corn, well, so good. Spoiler alert: It’s miso. —NE

Buy it: Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, $23 on Amazon