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 Piccolo Chef Cookbook: Healthy Cooking with Your Kids 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, Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat is 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. Tortillas to the Rescue Cookbook is 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?