Here are a few gift-worthy cookbooks to satisfy the chef on your Christmas list:
Some of us have friends who really don’t care for chocolate. Here’s the cookbook for them: “Pure Vanilla” by Shauna Sever (Quirk, $22.95). It looks at the history of vanilla from orchid to extract, and gives tasting notes for all of today’s varieties.
If you can’t decide between a cocktail book and a recipe book, opt for both. When you flip Rachael Ray’s “My Year in Meals” (Artia, $29.99), you have John Cusimano’s “My Year in Cocktails.” Ray’s half of the book reveals what she has cooked for family and friends in the course of a year. Her husband, Cusimano, shares a year’s worth of cocktails.
“Southern Living Around the Southern Table” by Rebecca Lang (Oxmoor House, $29.95) delivers soul-satisfying recipes for every meal. It includes tributes from noted Southerners who share what they love about the Southern table.
“Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook” (Oxmoor House, $14.95) is the choice for the novice cook on your list. It includes dozens of recipes for turning a deli rotisserie chicken into wholesome meals.
Martha Pullen’s “Southern Family Cookbook” (Adams Media, $26.95) is inspired by her family’s traditions, Christian faith and love for Southern cooking. It includes a CD with journaling templates for readers to record their own family stories and recipes.