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Best cookbooks for holiday gifts

Published 6:24 AM ET, Fri December 11, 2015
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There's no shortage of delicious cookbooks to give your loved ones this holiday season, and that's why we asked Amazon senior books editor Seira Wilson to pick her favorites for the cooks in your life. "Zahav" is a visually stunning look at modern Israeli cuisine, she says, that "shows home cooks how they can re-create some of the dishes that have made chef Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook's restaurants so successful." Click through the gallery to see the rest of her picks. from Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Whether you know a lot about wine or don't know where to start, "infographic style wine pairings make 'Wine Folly' an easy-to-use paperback guide for the most intimidated novice among us but also great fun for those who already have a more sophisticated understanding of the liquid grape in its many forms," Wilson said. from Avery
"Mark Bittman's new cookbook is a simple play on the idea of taking one ingredient or dish -- say, chicken wings -- and showing how to do it multiple ways," Wilson said. It's a good first cookbook or inspiration for experienced cooks looking for new ideas. from Pam Krauss Books
Want to inspire the nerd in your life into the kitchen? Internet baking show star Rosanna Pansino's first book, "Nerdy Nummies," may do the trick. Who doesn't want to try the Periodic Table of Cupcakes recipe? "It has the same personality and fun as her wildly popular show of the same name," said Wilson. "Who knew how cool making geode cupcakes could be?" from Sphere
"Franklin Barbecue" is for the pitmaster (or would be-pitmaster) obsessed with barbecue. Aaron Franklin, who runs the famous Austin, Texas, institution of the same name, "has written the book on how to literally smoke and cook a variety of meats in your own backyard," Wilson said. from Ten Speed Press
If you have loved ones who are curious about the reasons behind a good recipe or technique, "The Food Lab" is for them. "A substantial tome covering hundreds of American favorites, author J. Kenji López-Alt explains in easy-to-undertand language how some simple but new methods can achieve better results than conventional techniques," Wilson said. from W. W. Norton & Company
Whether your loved ones are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or simply lovers of vegetables, this latest America's Test Kitchen book is them. "Destined to be the must-have cookbook for vegetarians or those just wanting to go meatless more often, 'The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook' has hundreds of tried and true recipes and color photos," Wilson said. from America's Test Kitchen
Even folks who love and cook paleo-style have cravings for takeout, Russ Crandall knows. That's why he wrote "Paleo Takeout," and his "recipes cover everything from Chinese food to burgers and wings, all ready to eat in under an hour," Wilson said. from Victory Belt Publishing
Your resident foodies probably know world-renowned chef Daniel Humm for his cooking at Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad. They probably have Humm's books with business partner Will Guidara, "Eleven Madison Park" and "I Love New York." That's why it's time for "The Nomad Cookbook." "Innovative food and drinks come together for one stylish and formidable gift," Wilson said. from Ten Speed Press
After their first book became a hit last year, "Thug Kitchen" creators Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis decided to follow up with "Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers." It's fun, it's vegan, and yes, there's cursing. from Rodale