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Kitchen Gift Guide: The Cookbook Lover

PBS Food has created this guide as suggested gifts ideas. We do not endorse any specific product listed here. We recommend comparison shopping and reading expert and customer reviews to make educated decisions.


Savory Sweet LifeSavory Sweet Life by Alice Currah

Alice Currah, whose popular food blog, SavorySweetLife.com, attracts half a million page views every month now combines warm, personal stories, helpful advice and time-saving tips, and real-life food for those together times that the whole family will love– whether it’s Pulled Pork Tacos and Chocolate Chip Cookies on family game night or Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Garlic Cheese Sandwiches and Spiced Gingersnap Cookies on an unexpected snow day.

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The Good Food RevolutionThe Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner is building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities. Will Allen spent years in professional basketball and as an executive for KFC and Procter & Gamble. However, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. Read Will’s personal journey, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

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American GrownAmerican Grown by First Lady Michelle Obama

In her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story from the first planting to the latest harvest. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the garden’s growth with striking photographs that bring its story to life.

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Lidia's Commonsense Italian CookingLidia’s Commonsense Italian by Lidia Bastianich

In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook, Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips–from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show of the same name, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate.

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Chef John Besh's Cooking from the HeartCooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way by John Besh

James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh shares the lessons he learned from his mentors through 140 accessible recipes and cooking lessons. Featuring lush photography, inspiring personal stories, and a rich expanse of culinary knowledge, Cooking from the Heart is the next best thing to having an apprenticeship with Chef Besh.

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Pancakes CookbookPancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack by Adrianna Adarme

Simple, delicious, sweet and savory pancakes for any time of day. Who doesn’t love a pancake? Celebrated in all cultures and made with variety of ingredients, they are the ultimate comfort food. When food-blogger-turned-cookbook author Adrianna Adarme first moved to L.A., she yearned for breakfasts that tasted like home, and so her pancake quest began.

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Martha Stewart's Cooking SchoolMartha Stewart’s Cooking School by Martha Stewart

Imagine having Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef’s knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken, make a perfect pot roast, prepare every vegetable, bake a flawless pie crust, and much more.

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Mastering the Art of French CookingMastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child–and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

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OttolenghiOttolenghi: The Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Available for the first time in an American edition, this debut cookbook, from bestselling authors Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi of Plenty and Jerusalem, features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

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James Beard CookbookThe Essential James Beard Cookbook: 450 Recipes That Shaped the Tradition of American Cooking by James Beard

The best recipes from one of America’s most influential food personalities in a big, delicious cookbook that delights in every category. Known as the Dean of American Cooking, James Beard set a standard of culinary excellence that’s still a benchmark today.

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