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Cookbook gifts for Christmas

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.

The Basics: A Really Useful Cookbook
The Basics: A Really Useful Cookbook

Angus & Robertson


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.

Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook
Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook

Wordery

The E Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook
The E Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook

The Book Depository

Yummy Stuff: Ros Asquith's Teen Cookbook
Yummy Stuff: Ros Asquith's Teen Cookbook

The Book Depository

My Very Own Organic Cookbook : The Teen, Book 1
My Very Own Organic Cookbook : The Teen, Book 1

The Book Depository


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.

The Natural Food Kitchen : Delicious inspiring recipes using only the best natural and seasonal produce
The Natural Food Kitchen : Delicious inspiring recipes using only the best natural and seasonal produce

The Book Depository

Mediterranean Diet for Beginners and Pros
Mediterranean Diet for Beginners and Pros

Booktopia

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: The Grain-free, Lactose-free, Sugar-free Solution to IBD, Celiac Disease, Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, and Other Health Conditions
Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: The Grain-free, Lactose-free, Sugar-free Solution to IBD, Celiac Disease, Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, and Other Health Conditions

Abbey's Bookshop

Honestly Healthy: Eat with Your Body in Mind, the Alkaline Way
Honestly Healthy: Eat with Your Body in Mind, the Alkaline Way

Angus & Robertson


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.

The Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together
The Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together

Abbey's Bookshop

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook
The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

The Book Depository


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.

Recipe Organizer for the Busy Chef : Blank Cookbook
Recipe Organizer for the Busy Chef : Blank Cookbook

The Book Depository

Blank Cookbook to Write in for Cooks and Chefs
Blank Cookbook to Write in for Cooks and Chefs

The Book Depository


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.

Student Cookbook Healthy Eating: The Essential Guide
Student Cookbook Healthy Eating: The Essential Guide

Angus & Robertson

Nosh for Students - A Fun Student Cookbook
Nosh for Students - A Fun Student Cookbook

Wordery


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.

Man Made Meals The Essential Cookbook for Guys
Man Made Meals The Essential Cookbook for Guys

Booktopia

No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men
No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men

Abbey's Bookshop

The Manly Cookbook : Beef and Bar-B-Q
The Manly Cookbook : Beef and Bar-B-Q

The Book Depository


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.

Canine Culinary Creations Grain Free Edition Dog Food Cookbook : For Dogs with Allergies
Canine Culinary Creations Grain Free Edition Dog Food Cookbook : For Dogs with Allergies

The Book Depository

The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook
The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook

The Book Depository


Where can I buy cookbooks online?

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Book Depository

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
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Angus and Robertson Bookworld

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.

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Booktopia

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

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Wordery

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

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Kindle

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

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Abbey’s Books

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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