Holiday Gift Ideas: More New Cookbooks

December 5, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

If these three cookbooks don’t fit anyone on your list, try these new options for holiday gift-giving:

Payard Desserts Cookbook

For the Baker

Payard Desserts, Francois Payard with Tish Boyle

World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard  offers up this mouthwatering collection of sophisticated sweets, including tarts, pastries, custards, ice creams, and more. Along the way, you’ll get his expert tips gleaned from years spent working at top-notch restaurants like Daniel and Le Bernadin.

Price: $40

L.A. Son Roy Choi

For the Rebel

L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, Roy Choi

Part memoir, part cookbook, this new release tells the story of rock-star chef Roy Choi, who launched the food-truck craze with his Korean taco-serving Kogi truck back in 2008. With a gritty, fast-paced narrative reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain (who in fact is the publisher), Choi shares tales from his childhood and early years, growing up the son of Korean immigrants and eventually attending the CIA and working in fine-dining restaurants. The more than 85 recipes reflect his melting-pot background, from ketchup fried rice to seared scallops with beurre blanc.

Price: $30

Cooking From the Heart John Besh

For the Sentimentalist

Cooking From the Heart, John Besh

John Besh—esteemed New Orleans chef, philanthropist, and frequent guest on the Today show, Top Chef, and the Food Network—releases his third cookbook, devoted to sharing lessons about cooking and life he’s learned on his culinary journey. That journey includes stints in Germany’s Black Forest and the south of France, amazing mentors, and delicious memories, with accompanying recipes—everything from a meaty Alsatian stew to traditional German potato dumplings.

Price: $40

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  1. Katie Mitzel

    Hey, you forgot the gorgeous, hardcover Skoki Cookbook. An amazing gift for Christmas, hostess gift, or your best friend. An adventure in rustic backcountry gourmet dining, local history and memorable photographs taken by the guests themselves.

    December 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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