The Top Five Holiday Cookbooks

Amanda McHugh ‘18 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Though the Internet is putting cookbooks out of business, don’t underestimate the power of a great cookbook for an easy holiday gift. Whether you need that final, last-minute gift, or you’re just looking for a new festive recipe to impress, these five cookbooks may be just what you’re looking for!

5. 101 Gourmet Desserts for the Holidays by Wendy Paul


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For that friend who never knows what to bring to holiday parties, this creative dessert book could be perfect. Besides, everyone loves desserts, right? This book is perfect for them, and for every holiday, including recipes not only for Christmas, but also Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Anyone will love these easy-to-follow, creative holiday desserts!

4. The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel

This book is great for that friend who has a house full of food, but doesn’t actually know how to cook (but still wants to learn!). In his debut cookbook, Dominique Ansel shows us how to transform simple ingredients into great meals and pastries. With recipes categorized by difficulty, anyone at any ability can find a recipe to try!

3. Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes by Phyllis Pellman Good

Hosting holiday parties can be stressful, but your holiday host would love this book! Although people can underestimate slow cooker recipes, they’re actually quite tasty without the added stress of cooking for the holidays.  Covering recipes that can be used for any holiday setting, these meals can easily be made year-round as well. Phyllis Good, slow cooker champion, is continuously praised for this ingenious collection of recipes!

2. The Healthy Hedonist Holidays: A Year of Multi-Cultural, Vegetarian-Friendly Holiday Feasts by Myra Komfeld

Have that friend going through a health craze, or wants to start a health craze? This cookbook is perfect for them! It specifically categorizes vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, omnivorous, and lactose-free meals so that everyone can find a recipe to please. It also covers all the basics, having recipes for appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts!

1. Christmas Cookies! A Holiday Cookbook by Susan Devins

This cookbook is great for any kids who are interested in helping out in the kitchen this holiday season. Illustrated charmingly by Barbara Lehman, the book has easy-to-follow instructions for kids aged five to nine with colorful photos on each page. Each cookie recipe also includes a cute Christmas story to go along with it!

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