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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
Angus & Robertson
Vegan Cookbook for Beginners
The Book Depository
Japanese Cooking Made Simple
Booktopia
Paleo for Beginners
Booktopia
Easy Italian Cookbook
The Book Depository
Edmonds Beginner's Cookbook
Abbey's Bookshop
Bread Baking for Beginners
Wordery
Wok Cookbook for Beginners
Wordery
Classic Indian Cooking
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.

Cookbook for Teens
Abbey's Bookshop
Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook
Wordery
Clueless in the Kitchen
Booktopia
The Vegan Teen Cookbook
Wordery
The Green Teen Cookbook
Abbey's Bookshop
The E Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook
The Book Depository
Yummy Stuff: Ros Asquith's Teen Cookbook
The Book Depository
My Very Own Organic Cookbook : The Teen, Book 1
The Book Depository
Gok Cooks Chinese
Angus & Robertson

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.

Snog Healthy Treats Cookbook
Booktopia
The Natural Food Kitchen : Delicious inspiring re...
The Book Depository
I Quit Sugar: Simplicious
Angus & Robertson
Mediterranean Diet for Beginners and Pros
Booktopia
Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: The G...
Abbey's Bookshop
Make Your Own Rules Cookbook
Wordery
The Clean Eating Cookbook & Diet
Booktopia
Low GI Family Cookbook
Booktopia
Honestly Healthy: Eat with Your Body in Mind, the...
Angus & Robertson

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.

Happystomach Cookbook for Diabetics
Angus & Robertson
The Everyday Diabetic Cookbook
The Book Depository
Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies
Wordery
Diabetic Living the Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook
Abbey's Bookshop
Recipes for Diabetics
Booktopia
The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook
Wordery
The Diabetic Dessert Cookbook
The Book Depository
The Diabetes Cooking Book
Angus & Robertson
Six Ingredients or Less Diabetic Cookbook : Delic...
The Book Depository

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.

The Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples...
Abbey's Bookshop
Healthy Cookbook for Two
Angus & Robertson
Slow Cooking for Two
The Book Depository
Table for Two - The Cookbook for Couples
Wordery
Healthy Cookbook for Two
Abbey's Bookshop
The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook
The Book Depository
Mini Cookbook: Meals for Two
The Book Depository
Slow Cooking for Two
The Book Depository
Us Two Cook Book
The Book Depository

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.

Essential Spices and Herbs
Amazon eBooks
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
Amazon eBooks
Green Smoothie Of The Week: Lose Up To 17 Pounds ...
Amazon eBooks
Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt
Amazon eBooks
Low Carb Living Cookbook Box Set
Amazon eBooks
Southern Seafood: Crab, Shrimp, Fish, Crawfish, O...
Amazon eBooks
Crock Pot: 1001 Best Crock Pot Recipes of All Time
Amazon eBooks
Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make ...
Amazon eBooks
Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
Amazon eBooks

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.

Spice Mixes Cookbook
The Book Depository
Recipe Organizer for the Busy Chef : Blank Cookbook
The Book Depository
Blank Cookbook to Write in for Cooks and Chefs
The Book Depository
The Fat Duck Cookbook
Booktopia
The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook
Booktopia
The Gourmet Mexican Kitchen
Wordery
The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook 2nd Ed
Wordery
The Nordic Cookbook
Booktopia
Tastes and Tales from Russia
Angus & Robertson

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.

Two in the Kitchen (Williams-Sonoma): A Cookbook ...
Abbey's Bookshop
Indulge: Gluten-free Food Gets a Makeover
Angus & Robertson
Simply Nigella
Angus & Robertson
Bon Appetit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things...
The Book Depository
The Chocolate Cookbook
Booktopia
The Newlywed's Cookbook
Wordery
The Newlywed Cookbook
Wordery
The Newlyweds' Vegetarian Cookbook
Angus & Robertson
Your Time To Cook: A First Cookbook for Newlyweds...
Abbey's Bookshop

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
Angus & Robertson
The Hungry Student Cookbook
Wordery
Nosh for Students - A Fun Student Cookbook
Wordery
The Ultimate Student Cookbook
Wordery
Students Go Vegan Cookbook
Wordery
The Pizza Cookbook
Booktopia

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.

The Two Guys' Gourmet
Wordery
Mens Health Muscle Chow
Angus & Robertson
The Cookbook for Men Who Must
Wordery
Man Made Meals The Essential Cookbook for Guys
Booktopia
The Cookbook For Guys
Booktopia
The Wise Guy Cookbook
The Book Depository
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
Abbey's Bookshop
No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men
Abbey's Bookshop
The Manly Cookbook : Beef and Bar-B-Q
The Book Depository

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.

Canine Culinary Creations Grain Free Edition Dog ...
The Book Depository
Biscuits for Your Dog
Angus & Robertson
Dog-Gone Good Cuisine
Angus & Robertson
The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook
The Book Depository
The Natural Pet Food Cookbook
Booktopia
Better Food for Dogs
Wordery
Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook
Wordery
The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook
Wordery
The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs
Abbey's Bookshop

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.

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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.

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Find international bestsellers amongst harder-to-find cookbook titles at Australian book retailer Booktopia.

  • Flat-rate shipping for $6.95
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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.

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  • 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
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