Still looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Here are some of our favorite books that would make wonderful gifts for the food lover in your life.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
by Michael Pollan
This is by far my favorite book of the year. Michael Pollan expertly dives into modern food culture by digging back into the past and exploring the history of cooking. For me this book was not only very informative and well written but went a long way toward reconciling some ideas I have been struggling with surrounding food, and bread in particular. I recommend it for both the real food novice and connoisseur alike! Michael Pollan has also written many other important and influential books on food including In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.
Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours
by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding & Jose Vouillamoz
Who doesn’t love wine right? Check out this book for everything the wine lover in your life needs and wants to know! This book is a little indulgent, but totally worth it. Any true wine lover would absolutely love this book.
The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas
by Jennifer McGruther
The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking
by George Bryant and Juli Bauer
I love this new Paleo cookbook. It is a result of the collaboration between Paleo food blogs The Civilized Caveman and PaleOMG. They have complied a book of easy to make Paleo recipes that any family can incorporate into their weekly routine. Tip: check out their burger recipe, it is to die for!
Someone gave me the first Niman Ranch book for Christmas back in 2008, and I love it. This one is even better! The Niman family are meat experts, this cookbook will educate you on different cuts, organic vs free range, along with tons of fabulous recipes. It’s the perfect gift for the foodie in your family.
The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club – Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes
by Marietta McCarty
This book is about bringing people to the table. While I can’t recommend all the recipes in Marietta’s book, as most don’t fall into our eating philosophy here at MCK, I do recommend the rest. I love the idea of getting together with friends and/or family once a month to talk about an engaging topic, eat great food and savor your time together.
Definitely check out our post about this book by clicking here.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary
by Julia Child and Louisette Bertholle
This classic makes most must have cookbook lists for a reason. It is a true masterpiece and something every cook should own. Any cook would be happy to unwrap this book, and who knows maybe you will get to sample some of the dishes.
Clean Eating Freezer Meals
by Tiffany McCauley
We love this clean eating cookbook by Tiffany McCauley. Tiffany is the great mind behind The Gracious Pantry, the clean eating blog where she shares her wonderful recipes. In her book she offers a wide array of wonderful recipes that can be stored in your freezer so that they are at your fingertips whenever you are ready to eat!
Food Matters lays out a plan for responsible eating that is not only good for your waisteline, but the planet as well. This book is a wonderful gift for anyone wishing to learn more about what they are eating and where it comes from. Mark Bittman has also written other important books including “How to Cook Everything” and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.”
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
by Danielle Walker