5 Cookbooks That Made it onto My Christmas Wishlist

5 Cookbooks That Made it onto My Christmas Wishlist

People don't buy cookbooks anymore just to have a catalogue of recipes.

Cookbooks are evolving to appeal to more than Betty Crocker: This list includes books from my favorite Bon Appétit contributor and Milk Bar alum, a multi-media artist with an MFA from Columbia, and the Best Chef in the World. From beautiful photography, to simple yet stunning recipes, these options will definitely leave an impression at your upcoming Secret Santa Party. 

 Dining In by Alison Roman. Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Dining In by Alison Roman. Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.

For your sister: Dining In by Alison Roman

I've been low-key obsessed with Alison since I first saw her Youtube series, Sweet Spots, through Bon Appétit. Dining In features 125 recipes that are easy to make at home but do not sacrifice in adventure and complexity. 

Recipe I'm excited to make: Chicories with Anchovy Breadcrumbs and Egg Yolk

 
 Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

For the Chef's Table binge-watcher: Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura

Food waste is a topic that I'm passionate about and you should be too. In this book, Chef Massimo collaborates with 45 of his peers - the world's best chefs - to create menus that highlight the versatility of food waste as an ingredient. 

Recipe I'm excited to make: the Menu of Ferran and Albert Addrià

 
 Salad for President by Julia Sherman. Photo courtesy of Saladforpresident.com

Salad for President by Julia Sherman. Photo courtesy of Saladforpresident.com

For the MFA grad: Salad for President by Julia Sherman

Despite the name, Sherman is not making a political statement with her book, Salad for President. Although, I'd happily vote for salad as the leader of the free world. Based on her blog of the same name, these recipes bring salad to life and feature collaborations with various artists, musicians and creative professionals. 

Recipe I'm excited to make: Anything from the F*%k Brunch Chapter

 
 Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Photo courtesy of Halfbakedharvest.com

Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Photo courtesy of Halfbakedharvest.com

For the Instagrammer: Half-Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard

If you don't already follow @Halfbakedharvest on Instagram, go do it now. With almost a half-million followers, Gerard posts absolutely gorgeous food photos with delicious looking recipes that are simple yet stunning. 

Recipe I'm excited to make: Croque Madame Breakfast Pizza

 
 L'Appart by David Lebovitz. Photo courtesy of Davidlebovitz.com.

L'Appart by David Lebovitz. Photo courtesy of Davidlebovitz.com.

For the Sweet Tooth: L'Appart by David Lebovitz

I have a soft spot for David Lebovitz, who I grew to love while studying in Paris. His newest book, L'Appart, was just released this month and features the "delights and disasters" he encountered during his apartment renovation.  

Recipe I'm excited to make: Kougin Amann