Though I am often a penny pincher, I love giving gifts that can be used again and again. To me, top quality cookbooks are just those types of gifts. Enjoyed by friends and family for many years and then passed down to loved ones. (Disclosure: Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you click one of the links and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission that will help support this blog. Thanks so much.)
Here are 8 Cookbooks that are destined to remain in the kitchen of your gift recipient for years to come.
- Joy of Cooking-This true classic among cookbooks dates its origins back to the early 1930s with a number of revisions done since that time. This cookbook even has its own website.
How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition)-This cookbook offers easy-to-follow instruction on cooking a range of dishes. Your gift recipient may find themselves pulling this cookbook down from the shelf again and again just like a reference book.
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Sixteenth Edition (Better Homes and Gardens Plaid)-My mom gave me this cookbook early in my adult life and it still serves me well today. I refer to it often when I need to know how to cook particular vegetables or for common ingredient substitutions.
Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1500 Recipes for the Way You Cook Today (Betty Crocker New Cookbook)–This cookbook is comparable to the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook in a lot of ways and is frequently updated with new recipes and concepts.
The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine-Great cookbook for the true foodie. Cook’s Illustrated staff is known for thoroughly testing out different ways to make dishes until they find the perfect blend of ingredients and cooking instructions.
Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes from the World’s Healthiest Cuisine-Martha Shulman offers a fantastic selection of more than 500 Vegetarian recipes from the Mediterranean region.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary-Julia Child was a true ambassador of French cooking and her teachings live on today through her popular cookbook.
Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie-A good piece of pie can soothe so many woes or help make good memories with friends.
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