1. FOR THE ULTIMATE FOODIE
The Kitchn Cookbook - Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking
by Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand
An outstanding cookbook from the award-winning cooking site (and one of our all-time favourite cooking resources), The Kitchn. This book combines 2-in-1; a beautiful cookbook which includes 150 recipes and 50 essential techniques, as well as an indispensable guide to organizing and maintaining your kitchen. A must-have in any serious cooks kitchen!
Available at Amazon | $24.14
2. FOR THE BACK TO BASICS COOK
The Nourished Kitchen - Farm to Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle
by Jennifer McGruther
Know someone who is tired of fads and loves whole foods like butter, lard, heirloom vegetables, meat, milk, grains and fruit? The Nourished Kitchen is the perfect cookbook for someone who is yearning to get back-to-basics in the kitchen. With over 160 traditional foods, recipes and tutorials (not featured on the award-winning blog Nourished Kitchen), this beautifully photographed cookbook guides you through the seasons, regional farms and teaches you to embrace traditional-style cooking at home.
Available at Amazon | $21.31
3. FOR THE COMFORT FOOD ADDICT
Jamie's Comfort Food
by Jamie Oliver
True to form, Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook is another classic that will grace many a cook's shelf for years to come. This beautifully photographed book is packed with recipes for timeless and heartwarming dishes that will keep you cozy all winter long. It is all about celebrating the meals that are close to your heart, that put a smile on your face and that make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. We think it's the perfect book for any home cook that loves comfort food and we love it because it encourages cooks of all levels to get back in the kitchen.
Available at Amazon | $23.75
4. FOR THE (MESSY) BAKER
The Messy Baker
by Charmian Christie
Move over 'perfect' cookbooks, The Messy Baker is putting the fun back in delicious, one reader at a time. This stunning book is for all of us 'real' cooks and bakers who know that lopsided cakes and 'not-perfectly-round' cookies are the norm in most kitchens (and it even celebrates this not-often-talked-about fact). The Messy Baker is a full service book that not only guides the reader through beautifully photographed simple and delicious recipes, but is also there to help out when things wrong (think pie crumbly pie dough). A perfect gift for the baker who is tired of striving for perfection in the kitchen.
Available at Amazon | $17.35
5. FOR THE TORONTONIAN
by Amy Rosen
This is the cookbook for that special someone who is passionate about the Toronto food scence and who would relish at the chance to re-create some of Toronto's top chefs fan-favourite dishes. Toronto is experiencing a culinary explosion and author Amy Rosen's Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants has captured this evolution specifically with the home cook in mind. A sampling of what you will find inside? Think Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie and the Grove's foie gras with hibiscus, beet and lingonberry.
Available at Indigo | $23.14
6. FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL VEGGIE-LOVER
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from Londons Ottolenghi
Available online and in-store at Indigo | $26.96
Think veggies are boring? Yotem Ottolenghi's award-winning book, Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi is about to blow your mind. With recipes that are daring, bold and vibrant, this book stakes its claim for making vegetables exciting. Plenty is a must-have collection of vegetarian recipes boasting 120 recipes all with exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables.
7. FOR THE BADDASS (AND THE VEGAN)
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give A F*ck
by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway
Thug Kitchen throws down more than 100 easy, plant-based recipes to prove you can eat well without the stress and still be a badass. Need we say more?
Available at Amazon | $14.97
8. FOR THE MOM IN ALL OF US
Ina Garten: Make it Ahead
One of our most beloved cookbook authors Ina Garten, the barefoot contessa is back with a phenomenal cookbook that is answering the question she hears most from her readers: Can I make it ahead? Thanks to decades of running a specialty food store in the Hamptons and years of writing bestselling cookbooks, Ina has learned exactly which dishes you can prepare, assemble and cook ahead of time. So, whether you’re hosting a fancy holiday soirée or simply making your family dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina's Make it Ahead gives you a slew of amazing recipes that taste just as good (or dare we say even better) when they’re made in advance. The perfect gift for the mom in all of us.
Available at Amazon | $20.50
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