Simply Recipes 2018 Gift Guide: The Cookbook Lover

Let Simply Recipes help you make gift-giving a breeze this year with our Gift Guide For The Cookbook Lover! Featuring ten standout books chosen by our editorial team, crossing people off your list has never been easier.

If you love to cook, chances are you probably love cookbooks, too. Many of us on the Simply Recipes team read them like novels, escaping into small bakeries in Morocco or home kitchens in the South.

There are a handful of shiny new cookbooks out this season that we just can't put down, but in addition to those, we thought we'd throw in a few of our absolute favorite go-to's to inspire the cookbook lover in your life.

  • The Vegetarian Flavor Bible

    The Flavor Bible is the perfect back pocket resource for every home cook. Search by ingredient in an extensive A-Z listing and discover flavor pairings you would've never thought of! Want to know what flavors work well with zucchini blossoms or carrots? This is the book for that!

    Buy it: The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, by Karen Page, $27 from Amazon

  • The Taste of Country Cooking

    Hailing from a small Virginia farming community, Edna Lewis writes beautifully about the meals she grew up with and the recipes her family and community came to love. A seasonal cook, Lewis walks us through longer menus including Wheat-Harvesting Midday Dinner and Making Ice Cream on a Summer Afternoon. A delicious, literary delight.

    Buy it: The Taste of Country Cooking, by Edna Lewis, $18 from Amazon

  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

    Samin Nosrat focuses on the hows and whys of home cooking in this invaluable kitchen resource, informing and delighting novices and seasoned cooks alike. Grounded with charming illustrations from Wendy MacNaughton and homerun recipes (hello, Indian-spiced fried chicken!), Nosrat teaches us all how to be better, more confident cooks.

    Buy it: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat, $18 from Amazon

  • Six Seasons

    If you love cooking with vegetables (or strive to cook with more vegetables), Six Seasons is the book for you! Organized by season and ingredient, we love how approachable all the recipes are. So far, favorites include the Roasted Cauliflower, Plums, Sesame Seeds and Yogurt and the Asparagus, Nettle and Green Garlic Frittata.

    Buy it: Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, by Joshua McFadden, $21 from Amazon

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  • Pasta, Pretty Please

    Author Linda Miller has combined her love of fashion, art, and fine cooking into a glorious book about how to make colorful, playful, homemade pasta. She incorporates cooked vegetables like beets and spinach into her pasta to create a rainbow of colors, and then artistically combines the pasta doughs and rolls them out into classic Italian pasta shapes with vibrant designs.

    Buy it: Pasta, Pretty Please, by Linda Miller Nicholson, $26 from Amazon

  • Autentico

    For anyone who has traveled to Italy or has dreamed of going, Autentico will inspire on so many levels. It is filled with fresh and vibrant Italian recipes including Fennel Braised in Chianti or Baked Zucchini Blossoms - not to mention the gorgeous photographs. Perfect for the friend with a little wanderlust and a big appetite!

    Buy it: Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way, by Rolando Beramendi, $23 from Amazon

  • Dandelion and Quince

    We've always been passionate about fruits and vegetables, especially those that are a bit uncommon. In this book author Michelle McKenzie celebrates the unusual in wonderful, delicious ways. She explores favorite ingredients such as quince, hibiscus, persimmon, cardoons, burdock, daikon and so many more. A perfect gift for an adventurous cook!

    Buy it: Dandelion and Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs, by Michelle McKenzie, $35 from Amazon

  • The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook

    Whether you're brand new to the Instant Pot or are already an enthusiastic convert, Coco Morante's newest book is a must. With 200 classic recipes ranging from weeknight basics to party-perfect appetizers, Coco's book is our go-to resource for everything Instant Pot!

    Buy it: The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook, by Coco Morante, $14 from Amazon

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  • Black Girl Baking

    This is one of those cookbooks that we truly wish had scratch-and-sniff pages. Jerrelle Guy is a master at taking familiar recipes and giving them a twist that makes them absolutely irresistible. Peaches and Cream Cake? Bruleed Buttermilk Pie? Ambrosia Breakfast Bread? GIMME! P.S. She gives vegan versions for all her recipes, plus lots of gluten-free options!

    Buy it: Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing, by Jerrelle Guy, $18 from Amazon

  • Sister Pie

    We know, we know: another pie book? Yes, hear us out! Sister Pie is a little bakery hailing from Detroit, making big waves with their flaky pies, crumbly cookies, and fudgy brownies and we're all in for the ride. We love the accessible techniques covered in the book (you CAN make your own crust!) and the inspired and delicious spins on everyday classics. The perfect gift for the baking enthusiast in your life.

    Buy it: Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit, by Lisa Ludwinski, $13 from Amazon