2018 Cookbook Gift Guide

My favorite cookbooks for the holiday season, complete with fun pairing gift ideas. Perfect for beginner, intermediate, or experienced home cooks!

Cookbook Gift Guide

Welcome to gift guide week! Similarly to last year, I wanted to get these gift guides into your hands early this year so that you can take advantage of any sales that happen in the next few weeks.

While I never look forward to the post-holiday shopping craze, it can be really nice to check off some holiday shopping lists. These next four or five weeks fly by and I’d much rather spend that time with family and friends. 

Today I’m bringing you one of my favorites, my annual cookbook gift guide. I’ve been sharing these for the past two years (you can find all of my holiday gift guides here). Cookbooks are one of my favorite gifts over the holidays. They’re meaningful, useful, and with a few simple additions, can be transformed into a very thoughtful and unique gift for anyone who loves to cook.

My Favorite Way To Gift Cookbooks

My favorite way to gift cookbooks is to pair them with a kitchen tool or ingredient relevant to that cookbook. To make this gift guide more helpful, I’ve included a unique pairing gift idea for each of the cookbooks below. These add a touch of personalization, and will also inspire your friend or family member to get started!

Nearly all of the cookbooks in this year’s guide are newly published, but I’ve also thrown in a handful of current and old favorites that I’ve been turning to time and time again!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins with Coffee Glaze

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are infused with espresso powder and topped with a decadent coffee glaze. This easy pumpkin muffin recipe is sure to be a...

Pear Frangipane Tart with Slice Cut Out

Pear Frangipane Tart

This classic French poached pear tart is made with a sweet tart dough and filled with poached pears and frangipane (almond cream). Serve over...

Apple Hazelnut Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Hazelnut Crisp

Apple hazelnut crisp – this easy apple crisp recipe has a sweet and tart spiced apple filling, and is topped with a buttery hazelnut...

Spiced Coffee Cake with Pumpkin Butter Swirl

This decadent spiced coffee cake with pumpkin butter swirl is the perfect treat for fall entertaining. You won’t be able to stop at just one slice!  This...

Mexican Tortilla Soup

Authentic Mexican Tortilla Soup

This authentic Mexican Tortilla Soup recipe, adapted from Rick Bayless, is the best chicken tortilla soup that I’ve ever had. Bright and acidic with smoky...

Burmese Chicken Salad

Burmese Chicken Salad

This incredible, flavor-packed Burmese chicken salad, adapted from the Burma Superstar cookbook, gets its heft and incredible texture from green cabbage, cucumber, and shredded...

Crispy Garlic Chips

How to Make Garlic Chips

An easy, no-fuss tutorial on how to make crispy garlic chips at home, and ways to incorporate them into your cooking repertoire.  Garlic chips!...

How to Grow Basil

How to Grow Thriving Basil at Home

How to Grow Basil (and Keep It Alive) – a resource guide with tips on how to grow healthy, flourishing basil plants at home....