The Cookbook Lover

If their culinary library is a who’s who of celebrated chefs, these just-released cookbooks are delicious additions.

 Holiday Cookbook Gift Ideas

1. Back to Basics: 100 Simple Classic Recipes with a Twist

Chef Michael Smith’s latest tome offers foolproof instructions for classic dishes. The twist? He offers helpful tips for making the recipes your own.

$16. Available at

2. Chuck’s Day Off by Chuck Hughes

Filled with beautiful food shots of more than 100 dishes like lobster cobb salad and dirty leg of lamb, this book is also grouped into menus for easy entertaining ideas.

$22. Available at

3. Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less

Embrace the art of the leftover with this cash-saving cookbook that not only gets you to change how you feel about leftovers (depressing) but gives ideas on how to transform them into new dishes really quickly (not depressing).

$22. Available at

4. Ricardo: Slow Cooker Favourites

A 5:30 p.m. sunset always awakens the need for hot and slow-cooked meals. This book is full of goodies like beef à la carbonnade, maple beer ham and even desserts like cheesecake and crème brûlée.

$21. Available at

5. Week in a Day

Rachael Ray takes batch cooking to a whole new level in this cookbook that helps plan out five nights’ worth of meals you can make in a single day.

$18. Available at

6. Rustic Italian

The authentic and elegant dishes in Mark McEwan’s latest cookbook have been snatched straight off the menu of his famed restaurant, Fabbrica, but are simple enough to be executed at home.

$20. Available at

7. Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

This cookbook reads like a how-to for a killer backyard bash. With pitchers of sparkling bourbon lemonade, sharable platters like grilled shrimp skewers with cilantro-mint chutney and helpful tips such as which woods to use for smoking, it’s an essential addition for the barbecue aficionado.

$21. Available at

8. Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners

Chef Michael Symon gets back to simple and delicious food that–gasp–only needs five ingredients and five minutes to make. Think salmon with rosemary and garlic or angel hair pasta with pancetta and peas.

$14. Available at

9. At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes

With 200 mouthwatering recipes that range from rib roast with a horseradish salt crust, hot ‘n’ sticky buns, to veal chops with bacon and rosemary cream, it’s probable you’ll never eat out again.

$20. Available at

10. Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets

Giada de Laurentiis dishes on the foodie secrets she uses to stay healthy and includes calorie counts for each recipe along with her go-to sweet tooth fixes and tips for ordering the healthiest options at a restaurant.

$22. Available at