I think cookbooks are wonderful gift to give over the holidays. A beautiful cookbook is a work of art. They are inspiring – encouraging you to try new ingredients and different cooking techniques. So I’ve put together a 2015 cookbook gift guide featuring all my favorite cookbooks from this year. These cookbooks have delicious recipes, beautiful photos and show you creative ways to use new and familiar ingredients. One of these will be the perfect present for the food lover on your gift list this year.
Vegetarian or Vegan Cookbooks:
- American’s Test Kitchen – The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: I love this cookbook. It is a comprehensive vegetarian cookbook with hundreds of vegetarian and vegan recipes. America’s Test Kitchen excels at providing foolproof recipes. The recipes have very clear directions and step by step photos are provided for some of the more trickier techniques. I use this cookbook all the time.
- At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: This is my favorite cookbook that I’ve bought this year. Amy Chaplin creates delicious recipes using healthy and whole foods. This is an inspirational cookbook – it’s extremely well written and includes lots of gorgeous photos.
- The Forest Feast: This cookbook came out last year, but it’s such a charming vegetarian cookbook that I wanted to include it. Erin Gleeson uses a combination of illustrations and lovely photographs to showcase her recipes.
- Food52 Vegan: Are you trying to include more plant-based meals in your diet this year – then this cookbook is for you. It features 60 easy, approachable vegan recipes.
- Giada De Laurentiis – Happy Cooking: I’m a big fan of Giada De Laurentiis’ approach to cooking – easy, fresh, tasty meals with Italian flare. This book is a year-round guide to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
- The Sprouted Kitchen – Bowl + Spoon: I bought The Sprouted Kitchen’s first cookbook and loved it. This time, Sara Forte is serving up simple, healthy meals using whole foods – the meals are served in bowl and all beautifully photographed by Sara’s husband Hugh.
- Clean Green Eats: Candice Kumai’s cookbook features clean eating – simple and delicious recipes to help you feel healthier. Filled with over 100 recipes and lots of mouth watering photos.
- Food52 Baking: Another Food52 recommendation, because they just get it right. Their tag line says it all – 60 sensational treats you can pull off in a snap!
- Cookie Love: A cookbook all about cookies – what’s not to love? With 60 recipes, they cover just about every type of cookie – with lots of delicious photographs. A must have for all cookie lovers.
- Wine Folly: I love to drink wine but don’t know very much about it (other than it tastes great). This small book is the essential wine guide. It features tons of clever infographics and lots of advice and tips to teach you everything you need to know about wine.
- Simple Green Smoothies: Do you know a green smoothie lover – then they’ll love this book. It includes over 100 delicious green smoothie recipes and lots of great photos. Green smoothies are an easy way to add more leafy greens and fruit into your diet. I ordered this book as an early Christmas gift for myself.
- The Violet Bakery Cookbook: Clair Ptak’s cookbook features sweet and savory baked goods from her popular London bakery. She uses lots of simple ingredients that includes whole grain flours and seasonal fruit to create wonderful homemade pastries, scones, muffins, cakes and much more.
I think I’d be very happy if all I received for Christmas were cookbooks. I feel inspired to try new recipes and cooking techniques when I browse through a beautiful cookbook. Which cookbooks are you looking forward to receiving as a gift this year?
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