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.
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 two
A cookbook for two is a perfect gift for a small household. Nothing says loved-up and nesting like romantic, home-cooked meals. These cookbooks are filled with recipes that are affordable, use up the leftovers and make great dinners for two. As the saying goes, the couple that cooks together, stays together.
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.
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 pets
If you’ve ever been creeped out at the thought of the ingredients in a can of pet food, there is an abundance of smart and healthy recipes that can be whipped up quickly for your four-legged friends. If you know an animal lover that dotes on their pet, a cookbook can make a sweet and helpful Christmas gift.
Where can I buy cookbooks online?
UK-based Book Depository is one of the largest online book retailers with millions of titles, free shipping and more than 20,000 cookbooks to choose from.
- Free shipping worldwide
- Over 12 million titles
- Browse the bargain shop for a great deal
One of the most well-known Australian bookstores offers its customers a rewards program and the advantage of domestic shipping times.
- Ebooks, audiobooks and DVDs available
- Free shipping on orders of $80 or more
- Sign up for member benefits such as discounts and shipping deals.
Find international bestsellers amongst harder-to-find cookbook titles at Australian book retailer Booktopia.
- Flat-rate shipping for $6.95
- Local customer helpline
- Supports literacy and education charities
UK-based Wordery is competing for the top spot in the market with free shipping, an award-winning customer service team and nine million titles to browse.
- Free shipping on all orders
- Read customer reviews before making a purchase
- Sign up to manage wishlists
Kindle is the leading ebook reader worldwide, and you can find almost any cookbook in the Kindle format.
- Instant free delivery
- Easy to travel with
- Benefit from Amazon’s reading community
Abbey’s Books is well-known for its hand-picked selection of titles and has over 3,000 cookbooks to choose from.
- $6.50 flat-rate delivery
- Express delivery available
- Trusted national company since 1968
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