Use this guide to find the perfect cookbook gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas.
Cookbooks make a great present any time of year, and Christmas is no exception. Like all good celebrations centred around friends, family and enjoyment, Christmas is always about food, so what better way to get into the festivities than with a beautiful, thoughtful cookbook that will inspire kitchen creativity year after year?
How to choose cookbooks for Christmas presents
The kind of food we eat and love to cook says a lot about us.
A well-chosen cookbook should reflect your loved one’s lifestyle, diet and personality. If it does, it will become a well-worn reference manual, used for inspiration and guidance. A student will appreciate simple recipes that can be made on the cheap, while a gluten-free cookbook can be a breath of fresh air for someone who may feel frustrated by their diet limitations.
Here is a selection of leading cookbook titles that will make a perfect Christmas present.
What to write in a cookbook gift
Make it truly personal with a dedication inscribed just inside the front cover. Sign it, date it and make it a memory.
Gift certificate for a Christmas cookbook? Yes, please!
Cookbooks for beginners
Whether the cookbook is for a young adult who has just left the nest or someone who might benefit from expanding their kitchen repertoire from toast and spaghetti, a beginner's cookbook should encourage, not intimidate. Think simple recipes and well-known classics that are easy to master.
Cookbooks for teens
Getting your teenager in the kitchen is a great way to teach them to enjoy the creativity and pleasure of a home-cooked meal. If they already love cooking, encourage them with exotic flavours and challenging recipes. If not, start simple with easy recipes to give them confidence.
Cookbooks for healthy eating
‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. If your giftee is on a new path of healthy eating and healthy living, a cookbook full of delicious and wholesome recipe ideas could be just the motivation they need to keep their vows for the new year.
Cookbooks for diabetics
A diabetes-safe diet doesn’t need to be boring. There are lots great ideas for recipes that are healthy, enjoyable and keep blood glucose levels in a safe range. These cookbooks are full of great ideas to tweak favourites, even if your loved one has a sweet tooth.
Cookbooks for two
A cookbook for two is a perfect gift for a small household. Whether it's for a couple or for flatmates, these cookbooks are filled with recipes that are affordable, use up the leftovers and make great dinners for two.
Cookbooks for Kindle
Kindle cookbooks are ideal for frequent travellers and for when yet another meal out just won't do. You can find almost any title imaginable on Kindle, but think practicality with simple ingredients that are just as mobile as their Kindle.
Cookbooks for chefs
While a masterchef might seem like an impossible person to buy a cookbook for, everybody loves to chance to explore their passion and learn something new. If your own kitchen fluency is not up to scratch and you’re worried about buying something they won’t use, sneak a peek at their cookbook shelves to get an idea of what they already have and let that guide your decision.
Helpful cookbooks for newlyweds
Nothing says loved-up and nesting like romantic, home-cooked meals. The first period for newlyweds is a famously indulgent time, so think about sweets, indulgent delights and guilty pleasures. As the saying goes, the couple that cooks together, stays together.
Cookbooks for students
Instant noodles could be a thing of the past. Well, maybe that's a stretch, but you might be able to encourage one square meal per week if you sell it right. Think easy recipes, time efficiency and budget restrictions, and lots of veggies to keep those brains nourished and working.
Helpful cookbooks for guys
If your boyfriend, husband, father, son or nephew is a whizz in the kitchen, see our section on cookbooks for chefs. If not, and you are hoping to gently encourage his contribution in the cooking department, go for his favourite foods and recipes that will go down just as well at home as they will with his mates.
Cookbooks for dogs
If you’ve ever been creeped out at the thought of the ingredients in a can of dog food, there is an abundance of smart and healthy recipes for dogs that can be whipped up quickly by dog owners. If you know an animal lover that dotes on their four-legged friend, a dog cookbook can make a sweet and helpful Christmas gift.
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