The best cookbooks to give as gifts this holiday season 2016

Source: Amazon
Source: Amazon

A cookbook is a perfect gift. Not only is it beautiful to page through upon unwrapping, it's endlessly inspirational, hopefully useful and shareable, especially if the recipient cooks up a big batch of whatever catches their eye in their newly gifted cookbook. If nothing more, this gift makes for sick coffee table decor. (Bonus: Many are available online for the last-minute gifter.)

For the cookbook aficionado, the cookbook collector or just the friend who needs a little nudge to start cooking, here are the best cookbooks to give as gifts this holiday season. 

Appetites: A Cookbook

"Appetites"
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Bloomsbury

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook covers everything from a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner to hangover meals and is perfect for any Bourdain enthusiast. $22.50, Amazon.com

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

"Cravings"
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Amazon

Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook featured a conglomeration of ingredient combinations that may sound odd, but yes, you actually want to eat. Give the gift of a stellar pot pie soup recipe, along with many other beloved Teigen creations. $17.99, Amazon.com


Molly on The Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm

"Molly On The Range"
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Rodale Books

Food blogger Molly Yeh's website gets a tangible touch with her debut cookbook packed with anecdotes, activities and plenty of tasty-looking recipes. Perfect for the Instagram fiend. $19.57, Amazon.com 

Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day 

"Big Bad Breakfast"
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Ten Speed Press

Chef John Currence knows breakfast, and he's broken it down for the breakfast lover in over 250 pages that are just waiting to get splattered with skillet grease. $19.93, Amazon.com

Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen

"Cúrate"
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Evan Sung

For the person who's always happy to host, give Ashville-based chef Katie Button's colorful cookbook packed with tapas and large-plate recipes to feed a crowd. Keep your fingers crossed for a pending paella invitation. $21.08, Amazon.com 

A Cozy Coloring Book

"A Cozy Coloring Book"
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Rodale Books

For the food lover who likes to get creative, or just can't let go of the adult coloring book fad, this cookbook-coloring book combo featuring 40 recipes and even more lines to fill in is an obvious gift. Recipes like sautéed lemony artichokes pair oh so well with delicate artichoke illustrations, and filling in the lines with food isn't a terrible idea...  $10.90, Amazon.com

Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking 

"Everything I Want to Eat"
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Abrams Books

Lines may wrap around the block for Jessica Koslow's famed avocado toast at Los Angeles' Sqirl, but her health-forward, California cool cuisine can easily be replicated from recipes in her new cookbook. For the giftee who can't stop wearing that ironic KALE sweatshirt, this cookbook will get her out of her leafy green slump. $28.02, Amazon.com

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