Is a cookbook still a cookbook if no one
actually cooks with it? Over the years, many of our culinary guides have become mug-stained coffee table coasters, dusty shelf stackers, and (dare we say it) stress-inducing desk clutter. But it doesn't have to be that way.
As part of the ongoing trendy food revolution the humble cookbook has also undergone its own reawakening. And we're not talking the bougie books that graced our grandmother's shelves, either. Our 29 picks cover cult-favorite cookies, Shake Shack secrets, craft beer guides, Chrissy Teigen's personal cravings, and so many more (even
Bob's Burgers makes an appearance!).
So, instead of grabbing all your recipes from the internet this year, join the movement and help cookbooks have their moment again. Plus, they make for the perfect, well-priced holiday gift. Ahead, find our ultimate culinary-bible giving guide, all of which friends and family will actually
want to use.
Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, the dynamic duo behind Cherry Bombe, have blessed us with the ultimate in cool girl cookbooks: a beautiful collection of dishes by 100 influential women.
Cherry Bombe The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, $35, available at Amazon.
Recreate your go-to Shake Shack order at home with this burger, pillowy potato bun, crinkle cut fry, and custard shake-filled recipe book.
Shake Shack Recipes & Stories by Randy Garutti & Mark Rosati, $17.10, available at Amazon.
Let this cute little book be your ultimate craft beer guide.
The Little Book of Craft Beer by Melissa Cole, $11.27, available at Amazon.
This inventive cookbook is giving potatoes a trendy new name.
The Potato Cookbook: Recipes Featuring the World's Greatest Vegetable by Dale Whybrow, $12.79, available at Amazon.
Learn the ABCs of chic and effortless entertaining with Athena Calderone's beautiful guide.
Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone, $22.48, available at Amazon.
A recipe mecca and cooking manual for the impatient foodie monster inside the best of us.
Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World by Elettra Wiedemann, $17.35, available at Amazon.
Channel your inner star chef Yotam Ottolenghi and whip up some of his impressive sweets right at home.
Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Helen Goh, $21.49, available at Amazon.
Roman's recipe book puts an effortlessly trendy spin on delicious dish classics.
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman, $15, available at Amazon.
For anyone out there with a serious sweet tooth, this cookbook is what dreams are made of.
Salted Caramel Dreams: Over 70 Indredible Caramel Creations by Chloe Timms, $11.08, available at Amazon.
This cheesy cookbook is filled with plenty of puns and delicious recipes: Justin Brie-ber (brie, grape, and chutney) and Jay-Cheese and Bean-once (homemade baked beans, grilled sausage, and cheese) just to name a few.
Grill My Cheese The Cookbook: From Slumdog Grillionaire to Justin Brieber by Nisha Patel and Nishma Chauhan, $11.72, available at Amazon.
This recipe book brainchild from blogger favorite of the same name has it all: from waffles to pastas, soups, salads, icebox cakes, and much more.
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman, $20.97, available at Amazon.
Learn to make a picture perfect pie or bestow the baking knowledge as a gift onto others.
Lomelino's Pies: A Sweet Celebration of Pies, Galettes, and Tarts by Linda Lomelino, $17.68, available at Amazon.
Now we can all cook for Jeffrey — or for
ourselves. Cooking For Jeffrey by Ina Garten , $7.99, available at Amazon.
Do as the old adage says — for the avo-obsessed.
An Avocado A Day by Lara Ferroni, $19.95, available at Amazon.
Chocolate babka, braided challah, and ciabatta is just touching the crust of Uri Scheft's brilliantly bread-y book.
Breaking Breads by Uri Scheft, $19.55, available at Amazon.
For the serious cookie-cravers out there, Dorie Greenspan's bake-book contains only her best and most trusted concoctions.
Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, $16.17, at Amazon.
Resurrect taco Tuesday — this cookbook holds restaurant-quality recipes from the chef of NYC's
Empellón Taqueria. Tacos: Recipes & Provocations by Alex Stupak & Jordana Rothman, $15.58, available at Amazon.
If "love" and "obsession" are two words that come to mind when thinking of ramen, then Orkin's book of more than 40 recipes is one you'll want.
Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes by Ivan Orkin , $12.85, available at Amazon.
Molly Yeh is
not the celebrated chef behind a hip city restaurant — and that's exactly why we love her. She's a millennial woman, living on a farm, whipping up creative and crave-worthy dishes for the masses. If she can do it, so can we. Molly On The Range by Molly Yeh, $15.40, available at Amazon.
Frankies brings hip city vibes to old school Italian cooking — simple, full-on flavorful dishes with modern touches. Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, & Peter Meehan , $9.45, available at Amazon.
Haven't we all dreamed of running away and becoming a seasoned sommelier in Sonoma County? Okay, maybe that was just me... But now we can all become vino experts in only 24 hours with Robinson's fool-proof guide!
The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson, $8.55, available at Amazon.
In the mood for a "Bleu is the warmest Cheese Burger" or "I Know Why the Cajun Bird Sings Burger"? Calling all hungry
Bob's Burgers fans — this one's for you. The Bob's Burgers Burger Book by Lorden Bouchard, $10.27, available at Amazon.
Give pizza rats their life manual: A guide on the best places to grab a slice,
anywhere. Where To Eat Pizza by Daniel Young, $14.27, available at Amazon.
Homemade birthday cake truffles and cereal milk ice cream are just a few of the wackily tantalizing treats out of
Momofuku's Milk. Milk by Christina Tosi, $20, available at Amazon.
Less of an actual cookbook and more of a how-to on ordering as your favorite literary character would — e.g. Harry Potter and his half-caff soy milk latte.
Literary Starbucks by Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson, & Nora Katz, $4.99, available at Amazon.
Back Pocket Pasta is the ultimate dinner guide for lazy gourmets — whip up restaurant-quality linguines and pappardelles with only pantry staples and leftover produce. Back Pocket Pasta by Colu Henry, $21, available at Amazon.
This seems like a necessary no-brainer.
Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning, $3.79, available at Amazon.
Peter Meehan bringing power back to cookbooks
and vegetables with an out-of-this-world collection of produce-focused recipes. Power Vegetables! by Peter Meehan, $18.42, available at Amazon.