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For the cookbook fanatic, the nightstand reader, or the hardcore food-writing fan, a book (or two or three) is the greatest of gifts. Our picks range from coffee-table-worthy restaurant cookbooks to an eighteenth-century household guide—there’s sure to be something here to suit any library. See all our perfect present ideas in the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide »

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Blogs as Books

Few things make us happier than seeing our favorite food bloggers make the transition to paper-and-ink cookbook authors. These three, from the women behind Canelle et Vanille, Smitten Kitchen, and What Katie Ate are among 2012’s very best. Small Plates and Sweet Treats, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and What Katie Ate, all at Amazon.com

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Season’s Readings

SAVEUR editors and contributors pick the very best books of 2012–from the vibrant simplicity of Japanese Farm Cooking to Modernist Cuisine at Home‘s surprising high-science approachability. See the gallery: Best Cookbooks of 2012 »

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