10 Great Recipe Books to Gift this Christmas 2021!

A Cookbook is the perfect gift for the chef in your family.  There are so many options when it comes to Cookbook, from Italian, BBQ, French, southern, Asian and so many other cuisines, from Cookbooks for the experienced cook to the beginner cook, from elaborated meals to quick and easy meal’s recipe, from vegetarian to Keto cooking preferences as well as those written by celebrities, and those that are meant to be a Cookbook that transcends to a lifestyle, an encyclopedia of foods, a traveling book, a cooking treasure. 

I personally own a bunch of Cookbooks and I religiously use them. I would pick one or two books and plan the whole weekly meals out of it.  Furthermore, I love the inspiration it gives me, and I am not an experienced cook, so the books provides a good and solid platform for me to feel confident in my cooking and baking.  Some recipes out of these books have become staples in my family, and just announcing them for our Saturday dinner brings joy to my family.

With the Christmas fast approaching, my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I intuitively answer that I wanted two cookbooks, later on I settled with just one (number 10 on the list) with the other placed on the wishing list.  I approached this list as a person that loves to cook but doesn’t know how, and as a person that will cook anything and everything for the first time (having a family that will try anything and everything for the first time as well).  In my house we eat different cuisines from Korean (my husband is Korean) to Latin food (I am Panamanian) with a deep love for New America food and Southern cooking (my husband was raised in New Orleans where we lived for years), and me having a sweet spot for curries from all over the world, and profound respect for baking desserts and breads. 

So I tried to compiled one of each different cuisines. I pick the ones that have the best reviews, the ones that I have used, the ones that I want to buy, and the ones that were released between 2020 to 2021 in order to make sure that the odds of owning the book for your special person are low. Hope this list makes it easier for you to pick the perfect one for that special cook in your life.

1. Nadiya Bakes: Over 100 Must-Try Recipes for Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies, and More: A Baking Book by Nadiya Hussain

Publisher ‏ : Clarkson Potter
Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 2021

Baking should be fun, easy, and delicious! I recently tried a recipe from Nadiya Hussain from the Bon Appétit Magazine, and it was a hit in the house. Now I am absolutely intrigued about this book and thinking… I need this book!.

About the book:

“In her newest cookbook, based on her Netflix show and BBC series Nadiya Bakes, Nadiya shares more than 100 simple and achievable recipes for cakes, cookies, breads, tarts, and puddings that will become staples in your home. From Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits and Key Lime Cupcakes to Cheat’s Sourdough and Spiced Squash Strudel, Nadiya has created an ultimate baking resource for just about every baked good that will entice beginner bakers and experienced pastry makers alike.

This is a New York Times Best Seller as well as one of the Best Books of the Years by Time Out. Nadiya Hussein is the host of Netflix series Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes and winner of The Great British Baking Show.

Published in July 2021 it already has over 7,000 reviews in Amazon averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars. I love baking, but I love simple but full flavors recipes and this book just speaks to me. I had the chance to check it out at my local bookstore and I loved the illustrations, the directions, the recipes and is definitely on my radar.

2. Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook by Rodney Scott

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarkson Potter;
Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 2021

We live in Texas, and we have an enormous respect and love for BBQ.  Although we figured out a long time ago that we are not the best at it, every time we are invited to a BBQ gathering we are the happiest. This book has a weeping 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 1000 reviews on Amazon. 

About the book:
“In this cookbook, co-written by award-winning writer Lolis Eric Elie, Rodney spills what makes his pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, Ella’s Banana Puddin’, and award-winning whole hog so special. Moreover, his recipes make it possible to achieve these special flavors yourself, whether you’re a barbecue pro or a novice. From the ins and outs of building your own pit to poignant essays on South Carolinian foodways and traditions, this stunningly photographed cookbook is the ultimate barbecue reference. It is also a powerful work of storytelling. In this modern American success story, Rodney details how he made his way from the small town where he worked for his father in the tobacco fields and in the smokehouse, to the sacrifices he made to grow his family’s business, and the tough decisions he made to venture out on his own in Charleston”

Named of the best book of the years by Time Out • Taste of Home • Garden & Gun • Vice this is the perfect gift for the BBQ cook and lover in your family.

3. A GatheOttolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ten Speed Press
Publication date: October 2020

We do try to eat a vegetarian meal at least twice a week,, and we enjoy it very much.  This book has amazing reviews with 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 6000 reviews.  I have seen this book in Costco too and the illustrations of the food are mouthwatering.  For the vegetarian or vegan in your life, this is a perfect fit.

About the book

This book was named one of the Best Cookbooks of the Year by  The New York Times Book Review • NPR • The Washington Post • The Guardian • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • National Geographic • Town & Country • Epicurious

Level up your vegetables. In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. For process, Yotam and Ixta show how easy techniques such as charring and infusing can change the way you think about cooking. Discover how to unlock new depths of flavor by pairing vegetables with sweetness, fat, acidity, or chile heat, and learn to identify the produce that has the innate ability to make dishes shine. 

With main courses, sides, desserts, and a whole pantry of “flavor bombs” (homemade condiments), there’s something for any meal, any night of the week, including surefire hits such as Stuffed Eggplant in Curry and Coconut Dal, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne, and Romano Pepper Schnitzels. Chock-full of low-effort, high-impact dishes that pack a punch and standout meals for the relaxed cook, Ottolenghi Flavor is a revolutionary approach to vegetable cooking.

4. The Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites by Naomi Imatome-Yun

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rockridge Press
Publication date:	September 2021

A Wok Cookbook together with a Wok? Perfect gift!  This book looks like the perfect cookbook for a household that enjoys Asian food made simple.  Wok based recipes are all centered on the Wok, and because of the high heat it is most times fast and easy to cook.  This book has great reviews for been so recent with 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 2000 reviews!.

About the Book:

The Essential Wok Cookbook is your guide to mastering the wok, the versatile pan that makes possible all of the Chinese restaurant dishes you love–no extra salt, oil, or MSG required. Beyond tips for selecting, seasoning, and caring for your wok, this cookbook also provides:

  • Step-by-step illustrations for how to fold a dumpling, egg roll, and wonton
  • Fun features on the origin stories and American reinventions of foods such as egg drop soup and fortune cookies
  • Recipe labels to help you decide what to make when you’re short on time (30 minutes or less) and tight on cash (under $10)
  • Recipe tips to swap ingredients, save time, make a dish more healthy, or kick up the heat

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, start cooking today with your wok and see just how far The Essential Wok Cookbook will take you.

Fire up the wok with recipes like Perfect Pork Pot Stickers, Easy Vegetable Stir-Fry, Lighter Egg Foo Young, Sweet Chili Shrimp, General Tso’s Chicken, Better Beef with Broccoli, and many more!

5.That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week: A Cookbook by Carla Lalli Music

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarkson Potter;
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2021

I own her Carla Lalli Music first book Where Cooking Begins and I love this book, I have cooked almost every recipe and have not been disappointed. From Chicken to Pasta to Ribs and Salads, this book is very special because within the recipes Carla Lalli Music provides options for you to be able to “spin” the recipe in the case that an ingredient is missing from your pantry.  This book has the same approach and I like that a lot. Additionally, she has a YouTube Channel in which recipes from the book are showcased and Oh Boy I want that book!!!

About the Book:

One of the Ten Best Cookbooks of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle  and one of the Best Cookbooks of the Year by  Time Out and Taste of Home and officially is in the list of The New York Best Sellers.

Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts.
Carla’s dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes—such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices—come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each
one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.

6. Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books
Publication date:	October 2021

There are times in which a Cookbook can be a Biography at the same time. Specially, a Memoir of your life that is intrinsically linked to food, which is the case with this book.  The recipes are Italian comfort food with a twist that remains classic but approachable.  If you are a fan of Italian food and Stanley Tucci this book is a perfect gift.  It is perfect for cooking and to put in your nightstand as well for night reading. Perfection. 

About the Book:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her

From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.

Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. He shared the magic of those meals with us in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table, and now he takes us beyond the savory recipes and into the compelling stories behind them.​

Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.

Written with Stanley’s signature wry humor, Taste is for fans of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichl—and anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.

7. The Pioneer Woman Cooks―Super Easy!: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More by Ree Drummond 

Publisher ‏ : ‎William Morrow Cookbooks
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2021

Ree Drumond is an institution in the house kitchens across our country.  Her recipes are rich, delicious, and always pleasing a crowd.  I am really looking forward to this book and so far the reviews have been fantastic, I have seen this book at Costco too as well as Target and Walmart.

About the Book:

The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Super Easy! will free you up and transform your cooking life as well, with 120 recipes that range from effortless breakfasts to breezy skillet meals to speedy soups to ready-in-minutes Tex-Mex delights, so you’ll have lots of options for any given meal. Many recipes in this cookbook call for step-saving (and sanity-saving) shortcuts that will revolutionize the time you spend making meals for your family, and all of them are utterly scrumptious! I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this new generation of recipes, including Butter Pecan French Toast, Buffalo Chicken Totchos, Speedy Dumpling Soup, Broccoli-Cheese Stromboli (so great for kids!), and an entire section of pastas and grains, such as One-Pot Sausage Pasta and colorful and fresh Hawaiian Shrimp Bowls. You’ll find yummy meals such as Pepperoni Fried Rice, Chicken-Fried Steak Fingers, and ultra-tasty Chicken Curry in a Hurry . . . as well as assemble-in-the-baking-dish casseroles, throw-together sheet pan suppers, and simply decadent desserts such as Mug Cakes, Coconut Cream Pie, and Brownie S’Mores Bars that you’ll dream about.

There’s something for everyone in this cookbook, and not a single recipe, ingredient, or step is complicated or difficult. Now that’s the kind of cooking we can all get behind! 

8. Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] by Bryant Terry


Publisher ‏ : ‎4 Color Books Publication date ‏ : October 2021 This book has made waves since it was released in October 2021 with praises both for the recipes and for the content of the book including the stories, pictures, photos, and narratives. I think this is the perfect book to keep in your coffee table, I mean look a that cover!!! It is amazingly beautiful.

About the Book:

In this stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, Bryant Terry captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food. With contributions from more than 100 Black cultural luminaires from around the globe, the book moves through chapters exploring parts of the Black experience, from Homeland to Migration, Spirituality to Black Future, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, and arresting artwork. As much a joyful celebration of Black culture as a cookbook, Black Food explores the interweaving of food, experience, and community through original poetry and essays, including “Jollofing with Toni Morrison” by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, “Queer Intelligence” by Zoe Adjonyoh, “The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food” by Leah Penniman, and “Foodsteps in Motion” by Michael W. Twitty.

The recipes are similarly expansive and generous, including sentimental favorites and fresh takes such as Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes from Yewande Komolafe, Okra & Shrimp Purloo from BJ Dennis, Jerk Chicken Ramen from Suzanne Barr, Avocado and Mango Salad with Spicy Pickled Carrot and Rof Dressing from Pierre Thiam, and Sweet Potato Pie from Jenné Claiborne. Visually stunning artwork from such notables as Black Panther Party creative director Emory Douglas and artist Sarina Mantle are woven throughout, and the book includes a signature musical playlist curated by Bryant. With arresting artwork and innovative design, Black Food is a visual and spiritual feast that will satisfy any soul.

9. Field Notes for Food Adventure: Recipes and Stories from the Woods to the Ocean by Brad Leone

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Voracious 
Publication date ‏ : November 2021

This is the only book I have in my Christmas wish list for this year. I went to my local bookstore and I browse through the pages, and I was amaze, the pictures, the recipes, the narrative. I enjoy a cookbook that inspires you to grab and read just for the beauty of it.  We are fans of Brad Leone, we watch him in the Bon Appétit channel and his show is Alive is one of our favorites.  His passion for food, and specially fermented food, is shared with our household and I cannot wait to get this book on my hands.

About the Book:

Come along with Brad Leone as he explores forests, fields, rivers, and the ocean in the hunt for great food and good times. These pages are Brad’s field notes from a year of adventures in the Northeast, getting out into nature to discover its bounty, and capturing memorable ideas for making delicious magic at home anytime.
He taps maple trees to make syrup, and shows how to use it in surprising ways. He forages for ramps and mushrooms, and preserves their flavors for seasons to come. He celebrates the glory of tomatoes along with undersung fruits of the sea like squid and seaweed. Inspiration comes from hikes into the woods, trips to the dock, and cooking poolside in the dead of summer. And every dish has a signature Brad Leone approach—whether that’s in Sous Vide Mountain Ribs or Spicy Smoked Tomato Chicken, Sumac Lemonade or Fermented Bloody Marys, Cold Root Salad, Marinated Beans, or just a few shakes of a Chile Hot Sauce that’s dead simple to make.
This is a book about experimentation, adventure, fermentation, fire, and having fun while you’re cooking. And hey, you might just learn a thing or two. Let’s get going!

10. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide (Atlas Obscura) by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thruas

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Workman Publishing Company
Publication date ‏ : October 2021

 I have seen this book popping out in Magazines, TV shows, YouTube videos and Culinary blogs with great reviews.  The Cover alone is just book perfection, but once I knew the book goes around the world exploring culinary cultures of different places I was hooked.  I try really hard to cook a variety of food at home, yes, we eat curry, but curry can be from Japan, or Thailand, or Indian, or Ethiopian, or Korean, and we eat them all.  So this book goes straight into my wish list!

About the Book:

Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. Ready for a beer made from fog in Chile? Sardinia’s “Threads of God” pasta? Egypt’s 2000-year-old egg ovens? But far more than a menu of curious minds delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history–trace the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories. Culture–picture four million women gathering to make rice pudding. Travel–scale China’s sacred Mount Hua to reach a tea house. Festivals–feed wild macaques pyramid of fruit at Thailand’s Monkey Buffet Festival. And hidden gems that might be right around the corner, like the vending machine in Texas dispensing full sized pecan pies. Dig in and feed your sense of wonder.

I hope this list gives you some ideas on what Cookbooks are trending now and which one would make the perfect gift this Christmas (or to gift yourself).  These books can be easily found in your local bookstore and in my opinion a Cookbook is the perfect gift that just keeps on giving!

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