As the holidays come closer, I'll continue my quest to help you find the perfect book people on your list. If you are anything like me, when you go into a bookstore to buy a gift, you usually come out with something for yourself too. If you decide to buy a cookbook, there is no harm in thumbing through it, before wrapping it up. You may find the perfect appetizer for your holiday party, or the perfect dessert to add to your Thanksgiving table. Who knows, you may even find the perfect cookie to give as yet another gift for another recipient, so go ahead and peak at this short list of the best cookbooks of the season.
My first best choice would be for the brand new Dorie Greenspan book called Cookies. Dorie is responsible for one of my all time favorite cookies, The World Peace Cookie. I love it so much, I prepared them when we hosted author Meg Waite Clayton. That recipe is available online, but this new book of delicious recipes, I'm sure will have many more cookies that will become old favorites.
Another very special new cookbook this year will be Cooking for Jeffrey by television chef and personality Ina Garten. Garten's books always are gorgeous to look at, and her recipes are quite easy and good for a person who likes to give dinner parties, but also wants to enjoy her guests. The menus are thoughtful and designed to please. Just ask Ina's husband of many years, Jeffrey.
The last cookbook I would suggest, might be good for a young person, just getting started in the kitchen Alton Brown's Every Day Cook is fun, but also great at taking a novice through the "why" of cooking technique. It would be equally fun for an experienced cook, looking for some new ideas.
Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be appreciated, and maybe there will be a cookie in your thank you note! Bon Appetit