Cookbooks have come a long way since Betty Crocker first introduced hers in the 1960s. You can now get guides to making detailed dishes that would make perfect holiday gifts.
Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris (Sterling Epicure, $24.05)
This is the one you get for the healthy eater who heads to Whole Foods for groceries. This book is all about recipes using “superfoods,” such as cacao, chia, quinoa, and hemp seed.
The 30-Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray (Da Capo Press, $18.05)
Everyone knows a vegan or two these days. This book is the perfect present. It is filled with ideas for things to cook, but they are all simple to prepare and ready to eat in a half hour.
250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla Saulsbury (Robert Rose, $24.95)
Whether you are buying a gift for a college student or a single friend, this is one ingenious book. It proves all it takes is a microwave and a mug to make any meal, in minutes.
Crazy Good Italian by Mike Isabella (Da Capo Lifelong Books, $35.00)
Isabella makes it all look easy. For a friend who loves Italian cooking, or one that’s been trying for years to recreate Grandma’s meatballs, this book will have them saying “homemade ricotta” in no time.
Slushed!: More than 150 Boozy Treats by Jessie Cross (Adams Media, $16.95)
Anyone faced with the dilemma of whether to have another cocktail or dessert will love this book. From sorbets to ice pops, it will teach you how to make spirit-filled frozen treats.