If you’re on the hunt for a great cookbook gift this season, look no further. Whether you’ve been cooking along with the SAVEUR Cookbook Club all year or are just now hearing about this group of our most engaged readers, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled the can’t-miss food books of the year, from french baking, to Sichuan food, to collections of some of the year’s best food writing.
The World Atlas of Wine, 8th edition
The World Atlas of Wine, 8th edition Amazon
All wines come from a vineyard, and the best bottles usually come from somewhere specific. Things get interesting when it’s not just cabernet or pinot noir, but Napa cab or Grand Cru Burgundy. And the World Atlas of Wine is the best way to go deeper and understand exactly where your favorites come from. –Chris Cohen, senior editor
Food of Sichuan
Food of Sichuan Amazon
An update of Fuchsia Dunlop’s classic Land of Plenty, which I grew to cherish while living in a place with no good Chinese food—I mastered the ma po tofu that I used to get takeout. If you like Sichuan food, get this book! –C.C.
Photographer, food writer, and frequent SAVEUR contributor Simon Bajada’s beautiful new cookbook helps you explore and eat through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. –Thomas Payne, photo director
Women on Food
Women on Food Amazon
Japanese Home Cooking
Japanese Home Cooking Amazon
Truffle Underground Amazon
All the Restaurants in New York
All the Restaurants in New York Amazon
Zaika: Vegan Recipes from India
Zaika: Vegan Recipes from India Amazon
This beautiful new book from British-Indian chef Romy Gill just so happens to contain only vegan recipes, but when you’re working through her mix of fragrant dals, vegetable curries, and crispy fried snacks, I promise you won’t miss the meat and dairy. –Kat Craddock, test kitchen director
The Last Course: Desserts from Gramercy Tavern
The Last Course: Desserts from Gramercy Tavern Amazon
The legendary, and long out-of-print dessert cookbook from Claudia Fleming (and Melissa Clark!) has been on the list of must-own books for aspiring pastry chefs since its release in 2001. Possibly as momentous to the pastry community as The French Laundry Cookbook was to fine dining cooks, The Last Course is useful and usable for professionals and home cooks alike. –K.C.
Poilâne (Apollonia Poilâne)
Poilâne (Apollonia Poilâne) Amazon
Apollonia Poilâne, owner of the most renowned bakery in Paris, has just released her first English-language cookbook and this is THE gift for the home or professional bread baker in your life. –K.C.
365: A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking (Mieke Peters)
365: A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking (Mieke Peters) Amazon
The Best American Food Writing; 2019
The Best American Food Writing; 2019 Amazon
Pasta Grannies Amazon
Born from the popular YouTube channel, Vicki Lee’s Pasta Grannies get its pasta know-how straight from the most reliable source—Italian grandmas, or nonne. Featuring 80-plus recipes and pasta shapes from up and down the boot, and it’s the perfect gift for any pasta enthusiast, or enough to make a new one. –D.J. Costantino, associate digital editor