26 thoughtful cookbooks to gift to every type of home cook

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  • If you're shopping for someone who loves to cook, your best bet may be a cookbook they don't already have.
  • Below, shop 26 of the best cookbooks you can give - ranging from the classics to trendy new titles.

Do you know someone whose greatest joy is arranging an artisanal cheese board, watching "Barefoot Contessa," or "coaxing" flavors out of ingredients? For them, a cookbook may be your most thoughtful gift. Pair it with a rolling pin, apron, or nice bottle of wine. Or, keep a couple on hand as expert-level host gifts for the holiday season.

Below are 21 cookbooks to give as gifts this year - spanning notable newcomers, cult-favorite food-blogs-turned-books, and award-winning tomes from renowned chefs that reimagine the culinary landscape. Some are best sellers, some hidden gems, and some plucked from our own thoughtfully stocked kitchens at home.

Below are 26 giftable cookbooks:

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"Antoni in the Kitchen" by Antoni Porowski

"Antoni in the Kitchen" by Antoni Porowski
Antoni in the Kitchen, $17.99

Antoni Porowski, the food and wine expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye" reboot, has debuted his first cookbook. It's full of weeknight healthy-ish meals that are typically composed of fewer than five ingredients.

"Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over" by Alison Roman

"Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over" by Alison Roman
Nothing Fancy, $29.25

This is the cookbook you go to when you have either want to have a fun night in with a friend or a party with fifteen friends. Alison Roman is here to help you keep the occasion fun and not stressful. Expect vegetables and grains and how-tos for a DIY martini bar, coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, and pans of lemony turmeric tea cake.

"Feast" by Sarah Copeland

"Feast" by Sarah Copeland
Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite, $24.39

Sarah Copeland's "Feast" includes over 140 vegetable-based recipes that cater to cooks of all skill levels and meal occasions — from peppery Hungarian cuisine to bibimbap.

"Eat What You Watch" by Andrew Rea

"Eat What You Watch" by Andrew Rea
Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, $22.36

The is the perfect cookbook for the movie buff, setting down many iconic movie moments into recipes — from the redemptive birthday cake in Sixteen Candles to the elaborate timpano from Big Night.

"Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It" by Alice Feiring

"Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It" by Alice Feiring
Natural Wine for the People, $13.89

Know friends who love wine, and might appreciate an intro into natural wine? This condensed illustrated guide makes short work of the fundamentals: minimal intervention, lack of additives, and organic and biodynamic growing methods.

"The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion" by Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, and Peter Meehan

"The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion" by Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, and Peter Meehan
The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, $18.14

Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook.

"The Southerner's Cookbook" by Garden and Gun

"The Southerner's Cookbook" by Garden and Gun
The Southerners Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories, $26.12

"Garden and Gun" is a magazine for all things Southern, including the best of cooking dining, cocktails, and customs. The basics like biscuits and fried chicken are present, as well as uniquely regional dishes like sonker from North Carolina and Minorcan chowder from Florida.

"Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking" by Lior Lev Sercarz

"Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking" by Lior Lev Sercarz
Mastering Spice, $24.50

Readers will learn all about spice from Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of New York City spice shop La Boîte, and a professionally trained chef who has cooked at some of the world's most renown restaurants. Every section begins with a master recipe and technique, then Lior teaches readers how to change the spices or a few of the ingredients to get a profoundly different dish for a more creative and intuitive way of cooking.

"Platters and Boards" by Shelly Westerhausen

"Platters and Boards" by Shelly Westerhausen
Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion, $17.99

In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casually chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It's also a visual cornucopia that's just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers.

"Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking" by Dana Shultz

"Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking" by Dana Shultz
Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes, $29.99

"Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking" is the highly anticipated cookbook from the popular food blog "Minimalist Baker," covering over 100 simple, delicious, vegan recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl or pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.

"Weeknight Baking: Recipes to Fit Your Schedule" by Michelle Lopez

"Weeknight Baking: Recipes to Fit Your Schedule" by Michelle Lopez
Weeknight Recipes, $35

If you're looking for a how-to on balancing a love of baking with a busy schedule, Michelle Lopez is the right fit. On top of a demanding tech job, Lopez has been running the popular blog "Hummingbird High" for the past several years. In her cookbook, Lopez delivers delicious confections alongside cute stories and time-saving tips and tricks.

"Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow." by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

"Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow." by  Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes, $15.99

This best-selling cookbook is full of the recipes Shalane Flanagan ate while training for her historic 2017 TCS New York City Marathon win. That includes pre-run snacks, recovery breakfasts, and 30-minute dinners that are healthy but also taste indulgent — perfect for athletes of any kind.

"A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches" by Tyler Kord

"A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches" by Tyler Kord
A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches, $14.39

Chef Tyler Kord reveals the recipes that made his New York City sandwich shop No. 7 Sub so delicious. As Insider Picks reporter Brandt Ranj put it, "what makes the cookbook 'super upsetting' are many of the revelations it contains about the realities of factory farming, produce accessibility, and balancing the desire to create food that's affordable while also paying his staff a living wage. This cookbook made me drool and think, which is no small feat."

"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji López-Alt

"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji López-Alt
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, $39.89

Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award, "The Food Lab" has been called the "one book you must have, no matter what you're planning to cook or where your skill level falls" by The New York Times Book Review. Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes (heat, energy, molecules) that make the food great — showing that often, conventional methods don't work very well, and home cooks could benefit from new — but simple — techniques.

"The Missoni Cookbook" by Francesco Maccapani Missoni

"The Missoni Cookbook" by Francesco Maccapani Missoni
The Missoni Family Cookbook, $38.71

The Missoni family is best known for their bright knitwear, but they're also known for throwing coveted Fashion Week dinner parties. This aptly colorful cookbook is curated by Francesco Maccapani Missoni, son of Angela Missoni, and details the family's favorite delicious recipes. It's the perfect mix of fashion and food.

"Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

"Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Jerusalem: A Cookbook, $18.99

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi were both born in Jerusalem in the same year — Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. Their cookbook is a unique, cross-cultural homage to the vibrant flavors of the city in totality, in over 100 recipes.

"A Baker's Year" by Tara Jensen

"A Baker's Year" by Tara Jensen
A Baker's Year: Twelve Months of Baking and Living the Simple Life at the Smoke Signals Bakery, $15.30

"A Baker's Year" is part biography, part recipe guide by Instagram bread-baking sensation Tara Jensen. It's broken up into 12 chapters (one per month) and contains both a recipe reliant upon seasonal ingredients as well as a chronicle of what's happening in Jensen's life at the time. It's personal, compelling, and compiled with good at-home recipes.

"Molly on the Range" by Molly Yeh

"Molly on the Range" by Molly Yeh
Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm, $26.78

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network's "Girl Meets Farm" and winner of the Judges' Choice IACP Cookbook Award. "Molly on the Range" explores home, family, her Jewish and Chinese heritage, and Yeh's Midwestern farm life.

"Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi

"Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi, $17.99

"Plenty" is the well-lauded cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi that launched him as an international food celebrity. Ottolenghi includes 120 vegetarian recipes in "Plenty" that meld the surprising flavors and fresh combinations of London's diverse cuisine.

"Cooking for Jeffrey" by Ina Garten

"Cooking for Jeffrey" by Ina Garten
Cooking for Jeffery: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, $19.95

One of the best-loved cookbooks of recent years, "Cooking for Jeffery" celebrates Garten's joy of cooking for loved ones — particularly her husband, Jeffrey, ever since they were married over 40 years ago. The delicious, comforting meals the Gartens shared became the basis for her career in food, and this cookbook is an homage to them.

"The Flavor Bible" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

"The Flavor Bible" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs, $24.99

Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg set down a definitive guide to seasoning ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them.

"Appetites" by Anthony Bourdain

"Appetites" by Anthony Bourdain
Appetites: A Cookbook, $28.12

"Appetites" boils down 40-plus years of professional cooking and traveling into this the canon of all the dishes that (in Bourdain's opinion) everyone should know how to cook.

"Heritage" by Sean Brock

"Heritage" by Sean Brock
Heritage, $31.34

Sean Brock is the chef behind the popular Husk and Mcgrady's restaurants in Charleston and Nashville. Brock grew up in Appalachia and Charleston, and much of his culinary drive comes from preserving and celebrating heritage foods of the south — with an inspired reinterpretation of recipes he learned at home and at work. "Heritage" is a very personal cookbook, with notes that also explain Brock's background and give context to his food and essays.

"Power Foods" by Whole Living Magazine

"Power Foods" by Whole Living Magazine
Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, $16.46

Whole Living Magazine helps you incorporate more of the world's healthiest foods — like berries, tomatoes, and nuts — into everyday meals. The cookbook is broken into chapters on breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, soups, main dishes, and so on for easy navigation.

"A Feast of Ice and Fire" by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer

"A Feast of Ice and Fire" by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer
A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, $22.61

Look no further for a practical but entirely fun gift for Game of Thrones fans. With a foreword by George R.R. Martin, this book pieces together recipes for honeyfingers, lemon cakes, and the meals served at a feast at Winterfell.

"Dining In" by Alison Roman

"Dining In" by Alison Roman
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, $25.46

This is one of the most notable cookbooks of the moment. "Dining In" comes with over 100 recipes for chic dishes that utilize quick-trick techniques for building ideal flavor and saving time.

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