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Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Cooks


Cookbooks are a great gift option for the holidays, but with so many choices out there, how do you know which ones to choose? That's where I come in. I've done the work for you! Here are some of my favourite recommendations for cookbooks for the foodies on your list.

Canadian Living The Special Occasions Cookbook


If you have a fan of Canadian Living magazine on your gift list this year, this is a must. True to form, Canadian Living delivers another book with their characteristic flair, offering up real-life recipes for those special occasions in life. From Easter to Christmas, tree-trimming parties to family reunions, this book has you covered. The book is divided by season and then by event, offering up full menus so there's no guesswork. You can make the whole menu or mix-and-match the recipes in the book to go along with your family's favourites.

Cooking with Mary Berry


If you've ever watching the show "The Great British (or American) Baking Show," you are already familiar with Mary Berry. The author of more than 70 cookbooks, Ms.Berry really knows her stuff. This book features more than 150 recipes for everyday foods, from brunch to dessert and everything in between. A great choice for both beginners and more experienced cooks alike.

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet and The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet, both by Laura Fuentes

Both of these options are must-haves for any parent who needs ideas for fresh, wholesome, real-food options for their families. Between the two books, there are more than 400 ideas for meals and snacks that are as kid-friendly as they are nutritious. I reach for these books all the time.

The I Heart Naptime Cookbook, by Jamielyn Nye


This gets my vote for the best new cookbook of 2016! This book is jam-packed with a 100 family-friendly recipes that can be made uin under an hour! (Check out my full review here). I reach for this book over and over and my family has liked every single thing I've made from it. If you know someone who is a fan of Jamielyn's awesome blog, www.iheartnaptime.com, or just someone who needs to get healthy, fun, easy meals on the table every night, this is a great gift.

10-Minute Recipes, by Liana Werner-Grey


This book is perfect for the person who wants to make the move to more healthful eating. Werner-Grey gives readers practical, easy advice for how to nourish our bodies and heal ourselves in just 10 minutes a day. Perfect for people with families, busy singles, and anyone on the go who doesn't want to sacrifice their health to keep pace with their busy lives. These 350 recipes and innumerable valuable tips make this book a great gift for someone you love.

The Illustrated Kitchen Bible


The is one hefty tome, packed with awesome recipes -- 1,000 of them, to be exact. There are recipes for things like homemade croissants, vegetable tempura, lunchbox ideas, soups, salads, and so much more. Also included are tips on which recipes can be made ahead (a great time saver!), what to serve to make the meal complete, ideas for leftovers, and more. One of the best features of this book is the 3,000 colour photos! A great book for a young food on their own for the first time a keen home cook who wants to experiment, and everyone in between. If they love to cook, they'll love this book.

Best of Bridge the Family Slow Cooker

This installment of the best-selling series of cookbooks is all about the slow cooker, and it really is an A-to-Z story of how to get the most out of your slow cooker. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, if it can be made in the slow cooker, it can be found in this book. Chapters include Breakfast & Brunch, Snacks & Appetizers, Stews & Curries, Veggies & Sides, and more.

Best of Bridge was started in 1975 by a ground of 8 female friends. Today, their books are still going strong and it's no secret why: The food is homey and the recipes are easy. It's the kind of food that today's families turn to when it comes time to get food on the table.


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