Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

Besides appliances, linens, and aprons, a well written cookbook would make a delightful Christmas gift for the real foodie in your life.

For me, I don’t like to order many physical cookbooks throughout the year since many are now available on the kindle. I enjoy that option as it saves on space and clutter; however, some cookbooks are just meant to hold a cherished spot on my bookshelf. Cookbooks or manifesto’s that influence the way I think about food and cook.

It’s these types of books that I place in my Amazon wish list. The ones with lyrical words or photographs that inspire me to better my own. At this time every year, my husband knows to take a peak at my wish list on Amazon and he orders me two that he thinks I’ll enjoy the most. I look forward to Christmas day to see what he’s chosen and most appreciate that I’ve already chosen them myself, it’s just a surprise as to which ones!

Today, I wanted to share with you my top 8 cookbook gift ideas for the real foodie. These are my favorite cookbooks that have either influenced my life or are currently on my wish list 😉  Feel free to start your own Amazon wish list and send it to your loved one 😉

1. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

This book is one that has deeply influenced the way I cook and think about cooking. Tamar invites you into her kitchen and shows you through written word her process of cooking well in economy. You will learn so many tips on how to make use of everything in your kitchen. Nothing ever goes to waste in an economical kitchen.


2. Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

I’m a fan of Michael Ruhlman. Specifically, that he’s a teacher. If you want to learn true technique to better your own cooking skills in the kitchen, this is a must have book to add to your bookshelf.


3. The Art of Simple Food II by Alice Waters

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

This book was published this year and is a sequel to her first book, The Art of Simple Food. It’s on my wish list because every book written by Alice Waters should be.


4. A History of Food in 100 Recipes

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

This is another book published this year that is on my wish list. It’s one that I want badly… wink, wink… Gabe 😉 It’s full of food history and includes 100 traditional recipes without taking any shortcuts. I love that about this book. Hopefully, I’ll be able to review it next year 😉


5. Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

This is lovely book that will teach you how to cook vegetables. It goes beyond just recipes but teaches you the relationships between vegetables which will influence the way you use them. If you’re a gardener, you’re going to love how she categorizes her vegetables by family. It’s a great book that will truly teach you how to cook vegetables well.


6. Bountiful by Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

Bountiful is written by one of my favorite food blogs, White on Rice Couple. If you’re a gardener and real foodie, you’ll be smitten with the gorgeous photographs and simple garden to table recipes that make up this book. This is my favorite cookbook published this year.


7. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

For the real foodie in your life, this is a must have book to be digested with a grain of salt. This is the book that influenced my journey into real food; however, I don’t practice every thing mentioned in this book. It will; however, change the way you think about food and nourishment.


8. Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

Top 10 Christmas Coobook Ideas for the Real Foodie |

Nom Nom Paleo… I just love saying that. Although I don’t practice a paleo diet, I adore this food blog and am quite looking forward to Michelle’s cookbook that will be available for purchase tomorrow.

What are your favorite cookbooks that have influenced you? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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