Cookbook Gift Ideas

by Robyn Wright on December 18, 2013

in Food,Reviews & Giveaways

cookbook gift ideas

I have three very different cookbooks to share with you today that might be a great idea for any foodie and chef-types on your holiday list. While I search for recipes online all the time, it is still really nice to have cookbooks to browse through also. Disclosure – I received copies of all of these books, opinions are my own.

The Piccolo Chef Cookbook: Healthy Cooking with Your Kids

If you have a little one who always wants to help in the kitchen or maybe even one who is a picky eater, then this might be a great cookbook for them or their parents. The cookbook focuses on cooking with kids and with very natural and healthy ingredients. There is definitely a heavy Italian influence in the book and I think the authors took for granted that everyone is familiar with some Italian cooking terms, but the recipes are still very do-able. There are wonderful photos that will engage the children a great deal also. Hardcover, 208 pages, iUniverse.

Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat

For those that are visual learners, but not necessarily readers, this is the cookbook you want. Instead of written recipes, they are drawn. From the ingredients to the directions – all images! Beginning cooks will like this also as it makes it all very simple. There are even drawings of some basic cooking techniques. As a bonus, there are many vegetarian recipes and several that contain tofu even (which of course you could easily substitute another protein). My son is learning to cook now that he lives on his own and he is getting this cookbook as part of his Christmas gifts (shhhh, don’t tell him). Hardcover, 128 pages, Ulysses Press.

Tortillas to the Rescue Cookbook

This cookbook is not fancy, but it truly is what it says. A great collection of recipes that use tortillas in a variety of ways. The recipes are clear and easy to understand, again great for beginner cooks. For us, we always end up with extra tortillas when I buy a package for a specific meal, so this is a great way for me to use those extras and not waste them. It covers both sweet and savory recipes. Paperback, 180 pages, Ulysses Press.

Would any of these cookbooks appeal to someone on your holiday list, or maybe even yourself? Which one?


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1 Eileen Richter December 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

We are SO a plain taco family. My hubby loves them but always buys too many tortillas. You have NO idea how many each year that goes to waste. Probably would freeze? So for us the Tortillas to the Rescue would be great. My kids would always make deli “sandwich” roll ups in them over the summers when there were too busy to wait for lunch. I miss those simple days when they were less picky. ugh.

2 Robyn Wright December 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Once they get older they get less picky again, especially boys!

3 Robin December 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

The most appealing to me is Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat…I really need a visual breakdown if I am going to follow a recipe.

The Piccolo Chef Cookbook would be a great gift for my BFF’s kids; they seem amenable to cooking.

4 Jane m December 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

Picture cook would be for me, love this idea for a gift

5 Ravzie December 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

Pictures. Yes. I love it.

6 tannawings December 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

Tortillas to the Rescue Cookbook would be a good one I use tortillas alot and alwaays have them on hand. It would be great to see other things made with them.

7 Robyn Wright December 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

You would like that book for sure then!

8 Kristen M December 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Cookbooks are the number one type of book I check out from the library. I love browsing pictures and getting ideas. The See.Make.Eat cookbook looks great for this…and seems like a good cookbook option for my kids.

9 Robyn Wright December 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Yes, the See. Make. Eat would definitely be great for kids too!

10 Sara R December 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

The Piccolo Chef book sounds great- perfect for my little sous chefs!

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