Since this is the time of the year that everyone is looking for great gifts their friends and families will use and enjoy, we thought it would be a good time to share the list of the cookbooks we love. Each one is a cookbook that our Sunday Supper contributors have cooked or baked from, that has earned a place in our personal libraries. When possible, we’ll give you a link to the review or a recipe along with an Amazon affiliate link* in case you want to make a purchase.
Without further ado and, in no particular order, here’s our baker’s dozen favorite must-have cookbooks we love.
1. Art of the Pie – A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life – Master pie maker Kate McDermott gives lessons in life and pie, including how to success at pie crusts, both regular and gluten-free, and the importance of keeping cool. It’s a gorgeous book! Read more. – Buy it here.
2. Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven – We loved this new way to cook a combination of delicious dinners – one pan, in the oven and, bonus: hardly any washing up. Read more. – Buy it here.
3. Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101 – How to Make Everything Taste Better – Down to earth and a natural born teacher, Sara’s philosophy is that it’s the little things that make a difference. This book is great for beginners but will also appeal to adventurous cooks. Read more. – Buy it here.
4. The Vegetable Butcher – The Vegetable Butcher – How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini. Author Cara Mangini’s respect for vegetables and her delicious treatment of them shines through on every page. You don’t have to be vegetarian to love this one. Read more. – Buy it here.
5. Florida Strawberries Cookbook – If there anything better than a just-picked sweet Florida Strawberry, it’s these great recipes that star our current seasonal favorite! Bonus: Florida Strawberries is hosting a great giveaway right now. Get your free Florida Strawberry Cap and enter to win the grand prize. Read more. – Buy it here.
6. Marbled, Swirled and Layered- 150 Recipes and Variations for Artful Bars, Cookies, Pies, Cakes, and More – Eat the Love blogger Irvin Lin has outdone even his usual gorgeous recipes with this sweet collection. Kick your desserts up a notch or two with this cookbook. Read more. – Buy it here.
7. Mad Hungry Family – 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew. Another winner from Lucinda Scala Quinn of Mad Hungry television fame, with all of her family’s favorite recipes, including holiday dishes you’ll want to make immediately. Read more. – Buy it here.
8. Cake Magic!: Mix and Match Your Way to 100 Amazing Combinations – Homemade cakes made more delicious and sometimes even fancy, with very little extra effort. Once you’ve got the basic mixes put together, the cake themselves are quicker than a box and so much better. Read more. – Buy it here.
9. Not Your Mama’s Canning Book: Modern Canned Goods and What to Make with Them – We loved not only the well-explained science behind the basics of safe canning, but also the great recipes that make use of your homemade preserves, sauces, pickles and salsas. After all, good eating is the point of home canning! Don’t let those jars just sit on a shelf. Read more. – Buy it here.
10. The Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple, Wholesome Dishes from America’s Best Dairy Farms – It’s hard to beat the addition of dairy to enrich the taste and texture of homemade recipes. And if there’s anyone who knows dairy, it’s the members of the Cabot Cooperative. Read more. – Buy it here.
11. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking – This is the cookbook Love and Lemons blog fans have been waiting for! While the blog was initially inspired by a trip to Italy, Jeanine Donofrio, and her husband, Jack Mathews have expanded their travels, and recipes in their inaugural cookbook span the world. Read more. – Buy it here.
12. Dinner Made Simple – 35 Everyday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes – This cookbook won the heart of our reviewer with its clean layout and simple tasty meals. Busy families will appreciate this one those most! Read more. – Buy it here.
13. No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More – When you want, scratch that, NEED a sweet treat and can’t bear to turn the oven on, No-Bake Treats will be your go-to cookbook. We are having a hard time imagining that right now in the northern hemisphere but our friends “down under” will understand what I’m talking about. Read more. – Buy it here.
And that’s our list of cookbooks we love! Does our list overlap yours? Leave us a comment with the titles of your favorite cookbooks! Which ones are you buying for gifts this holiday season?
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