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There is something slightly magical and downright inspiring about leafing through a brand new cookbook. The images and ideas want to pop right off the page and onto your plate. While Pinterest and Food Gawker and a whole host of online sites may also pique our interest, it is not quite the same as an organized, methodical book, full of deliciousness from front to back.
Here we have collected the top 25 cookbooks for Christmas 2014, waiting to delight your chef and your stomach.
Some are classics, which ought to be found in every kitchen library. Others, are new kids on the block, well on their way to icon status. Enjoy!
The classic must-have that covers table manners to cleaning turtles and how to make pancakes a dozen different ways.
This set of books is also a culinary classic set, one which spares no butter and no difficulty! Therein lies the delicious!
Another classic, printed and reprinted, with all the secrets of Italian cooking, it makes a heavy tome.
This is a book for the everyday, an excellent choice for couples.
From a renowned blogger comes this simple, but oh-so-delicious Thai cookbook.
A baking book for the gluten free crowd, from a well-qualified baker.
This book is one of those deceptively vegetarian books. It’s not explicit and you wouldn’t notice it, but all of these delectable recipes are meat-free and many are vegan.
At least a dozen people recommended this book to me before I had a chance to buy it! You do NOT need to be a vegan to appreciate the amazing recipes contained in here. Yum. Yum. Yum.
This book is highly recommended by mothers and by the rest of us who just need grab and go options every once in awhile.
Ree’s books are choc a bloc full of photographs of nearly every step, and hilarious anecdotes, and not-so-healthy food.
The Mennonite Girls books hail from the Abbotsford, BC area. The authors donate the proceeds to great causes and in the meantime you can chow down on traditional soft cookies, or a german beesting cake. I am drooling thinking about those cookies melting in my mouth.
This is a go-to book for the Paleo crowd, to recreate classic dishes that you just can’t live without.
Delectable gluten free eats, all woven together with a love story. A love story and a cookbook; you should love it! (See what I did there?)
Humour is an important part of cooking. So is wine. They’re both in here, in spades.
This flavourful book has been taking the world by storm. Its authors were born and raised in different parts of the city and come together to present the cornucopia of flavours that exist when multiple traditions and people groups live in close proximity.
The #1 best-seller and #1 rated barbecue book on Amazon, for a reason.
Get your greens in, with some flavour. Let the Salad Samurai show you how.
Salt blocks are a new, trendy style of cooking. (Don’t forget to pick up a salt block to go with the book.)
This is the only cookbook my spouse thinks we should own. Every recipe we’ve made from here has been delightful, and there is a huge educational section at the beginning.
Not just mastering bread, mastering extraordinary bread.
I was introduced to solar oven cooking a few years ago and it is amazing. Fantastic for camping, the backyard, or anywhere really. You can make your own using the instructions in this book, or you can pick up a solar oven to go with the cookbook.
Miss Kay has been writing and filming recipes for years and years, this is just one of her awesome, down-home collections.
Fragrance filled food saturates this book and pleases the eye with many colours. Beyond just recipes, this book covers the cultural aspect that is so important to food.
No cook is complete without a solid repertoire of sauces. This covers all the bases.
With a name like that, who wouldn’t buy this book? Duck and geese are fatty (and divine, according to my spouse) and lend themselves to their very own repertoire of cooking, very different from the oft-consumed chicken.
There you have it, our Top 25 Cookbooks for Christmas 2014. Which one do you want to get your hands on the most?