Cookbooks to Give, Cookbooks to Get

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Cookbooks are an easy holiday gift. But oh, the choices, some times it's mind numbing. (Who's tried to buy mustard lately? The same situation.) Each year, there are hundreds of new cookbooks to consider, plus shelvesful of oldies-but-goodies. To cut through the Amazon reviews, to ferret out the best ideas, I asked my Twitter friends, mostly food bloggers, two questions. What cookbook will you give this year? What cookbook is on your own wishlist. It's a short list from people who live and breathe food and cookbooks.

TW from Retro-Food wants a copy of the much-hailed cookbook from blogger Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. "I want the pioneer woman cookbook but my post office was stupid and sent me my postcard back so may never get it." (Hint, hint, anyone here at BlogHer?)

Elisa Camahort, one of BlogHer's three inspiring founders and a vegan evangelist, has already gifted The Joy of Vegan Baking. "I'm giving 1 friend The Joy of Vegan Baking. She's not vegan but she's always kind & makes vegan 4 me. This'll make it easier."

Lynda Balslev from Taste Food has the Blogger Aid Cookbook in mind. "Collection of recipes from bloggers worldwide. All profits go to UN World Food Program!"

Kelly from Celiac Chicks is excited about The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook from fellow blogger Elena Amsterdam who blogs at Elena's Pantry. "I've already given The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook as a gift to a non gluten-free person. They love it for the taste!"

Barbara from Winos & Foodies is getting The New Portugese Table from food authority David Leite from Leite's Culinaria. (Hey wait! How does she know?!)

Susan from FatFree Vegan Kitchen has her eye on Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoe Francois (and two others) who blogs at Zoe Bakes. "I've put Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day on my Amazon wish list...hope my husband can figure out how to access it!"

Karen from FamilyStyle Food and Dinner with Julia names Momofuku for both giving and getting. "Momofuku on both counts - the food is original and it makes my mouth water; plus he tells a good story, F-words and all."

Karen from SassyMonkey has two ideas. "I'd give The Pioneer Woman Cooks. It's accessible. Yummy. Easy. I'd like Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking from Michael Rulhman."

For giving, Sarah from Sarah's Cucina Bella recommends Barefoot Contessa At Home because "it's a great cookbook with a good selection of must-make recipes. She makes it easy." For herself, Sarah's holding out for Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes, "I luv his food or 'Wichcraft, because I love Tom--I mean sandwiches."

And you?
And you, what cookbook are you giving this year? And which one is on your wishlist? Leave a recommendation in the comments!

BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg is bursting at the seams with new cookbooks but for giving, especially for grillers, recommends the cookbook Seven Fires which inspired Fire-Charred Tomatoes. Since reading this, we give all our best dishes a little 'burn'. Tis amazing!

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