While some people might cringe at receiving a book for a gift, those of us who are book lovers find little better than just that. A personal and uniquely selected book can be a perfect gift, and its individuality shows the receiver just how much you are thinking about him or her.
For us book lovers, there is nothing quite like perusing the shelves of the local book store, opening new bindings and peeking at the pages as a way to select the perfect present. Sadly, not everyone has the ability to gift with such leisure.
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For those without the time of book store exploration, we've selected our top food related books to gift this holiday season.
The following are our favorite recent cookbook releases for the foodie book lovers in your life. Read on for our recommendations and be sure to let us know which books we're missing in the comments section!
Simply Sensational Cookies by Nancy Baggett ($29.99)- A perfect cookbook for the holiday cookie season.
From a Southern Oven by Jean Anderson ($32.50) - Southern comfort classics for the homestyle cook.
The Brown Betty Cookbook by Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat ($22.99) - Traditional sweet treats from the Philadelphia bakery, for experienced bakers and novices, alike.
Tacos, Tortas and Tamales by Roberto Santibanez ($19.99) - For the cook with a traveling spirit, this cookbook will bring a Mexican vacation straight into the winter kitchen.
Fifty Shades of Chicken by F.L. Fowler ($19.99) - This kitchen parody of "50 Shades of Grey" is a cookbook with a sense of humor. For the kitchen comedian.
Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten ($35) - Ina Garten's recipes are some of the most approachable when it comes to celebrity chefs.
To Have and Have Another by Philip Greene ($24) - An insider look at the cocktails made and written about by author Ernest Hemingway. For the literature lover with an interest in spirits.