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