Simply Recipes 2019 Gift Guide: The Cookbook Lover

Shopping for the cookbook lover in your life? Let the Simply Team help! With ten standout books, this year crossing people off your list has never been easier.

In our opinion, some of the best gifts are cookbooks. They’re both useful and inspirational, educational and even aspirational. The best encourage us to hop into the kitchen or…hop on a plane to a faraway land (we can dream, right?)

This year our team put our heads together to bring you our favorites: some brand new, others simply notable, and one immense classic that’s been updated and re-released.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get cooking (and gifting)!

The Joy of Cooking, 2019 Edition

Emma alerted us to the re-release of this classic cooking tome, and we think Irma Rombauer would approve! This new edition was revised and expanded by her great-grandson and his wife, with more than 600 new recipes and updates to thousands of the preexisting classics to account for modern methods and ingredients. We love the new chapter on streamlined cooking and saving time and money, as well as the modern nod to techniques like sous vide and grilling. An indispensable and inspiring reference and resource for any home cook on your list this year!

Jubilee

Every now and again, a truly special cookbook is released, a cookbook of the likes we've not yet seen. Such is the case with Jubilee, a celebratory look at African-American cooking. We're not talking just soul food here, we're talking food made by enslaved master chefs, black entrepreneurs, and free caterers among others, largely created in the homes of the elite and shared widely - today adapted for the modern kitchen.

Simple Cake

Simple Cake is one of Megan's favorite books of the year: it's beautifully photographed and boasts 10 base cake recipes that you can use to create any number of humble or not-so-humble creations to celebrate any occasion (or just the fact that it's Tuesday and your family loves coconut cake).

Extra Helping

Another of Megan's picks this year, Extra Helping contains over 70 recipes for cooking for those who need an extra hand: our community, our ailing friends and neighbors, our coworker that just had a baby, our sister who had a bad week. This book is about so much more than food: it's about showing up and being kind ... and eating the best chocolate pudding you've ever tried along the way.

An Everlasting Meal

While not a new book, Summer says Everlasting Meal will forever have a place on her bookshelf, front and center: "It’s less of a cookbook and more a philosophy on how we should approach cooking." Bonus? The prose is beautifully crafted, and the words stick with you long after the book is done.

Whole Food Cooking Everyday

A new vegetarian cookbook by Amy Chaplin that we love for its truly innovative organization (hello, entire chapters devoted to Waffles and Cauliflower Bakes), to-die-for recipes, and tips on incorporating fewer processed foods into your diet in a very approachable, delicious way.

Midwest Made

Emma's vote for the cookbook she's been most excited about getting her hands on this year: "As a Midwest native, I can confidently say that the Midwest has the corner on delicious baked sweets. This cookbook will get you through the holidays, school bake sales, summer backyard potlucks, and any other event that needs a little something sweet."

The Adventurous Eaters Club

Our whole team has fallen hard for this inspiring cookbook full of recipes, tips and personal anecdotes for getting your kids excited about eating real, whole foods (yes, even including - gasp - kale). Trade the power struggles and negotiation in for exploring and trying new things thanks to the Collins' innovative recipes and laid back advice for creating an adventurous, welcoming kitchen at home. It's never too late!

Everyday is Saturday

Sarah Copeland is no stranger to family-friendly cooking and her latest cookbook proves that actually getting dinner on the table each weeknight is, indeed, a doable endeavor! With dozens of make-ahead tips and scaled-up recipes so you're guaranteed leftovers to freeze, we can't stop talking about this time-saving approach (or that chocolate snacking loaf cake).

Smitten Kitchen Everyday

Summer, our Senior Editor, can't recommend Deb Perelman's newest family-friendly tome enough: "I have to say this is one of my go-to cookbooks for regular weekday cooking. Many of the recipes are simple enough that I can commit them to memory after only making them a couple of times."

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4 Comments

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  1. a

    “Every Day” is trendy!

  2. Laura Darden

    I love this. Such a great gift guide.

  3. Deborah

    I definitely need a ‘Joy’ udated version. I was touched by the title ‘Helping Hand’. I used to be a Hospice volunteer. I would cook for familys during this difficult time.

  4. David

    I used to collect and read and use cookbooks. Now it’s all Internet based. (Yes I feel a little guilty.)

Simply Recipes 2019 Gift Guide: The Cookbook Lover