Holiday Gift Guide: Top-Rated Cookbooks

This year’s Cookbooks holiday gift guide is filled with delicious recipes from some of the best chefs and cooks in the Pacific Northwest and West. From the wildly popular I Heart Recipes creator Rosie Mayes’ new soul food cookbook to a classic from one of Seattle’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, from scrumptious holiday baking to one-pan meals for every night of the week, there’s something for every culinarian on your list!

Super Soul Food with Cousin Rosie
by Rosie Mayes

Rosie Mayes, popular author of I Heart Soul Food, and creator of I Heart Recipes, serves up 100+ amped-up, super soul food recipes–including fan favorites–guaranteed to bring her “cousins” joy! This is Rosie at her best, putting satisfying, soulful spins on classic, comfort southern and creole dishes to please old and new fans alike.



Cast Iron Skillet One-Pan Meals
by Anne Phyfe Palmer; Illustrated by Sarah Trumbauer

One pan to rule them all, one meal to feed them all. The cast iron skillet is the most versatile pan in the kitchen, universally beloved by home cooks and chefs alike. Whip up 75 delicious, complete one-dish meals in your cast iron skillet. The perfect gift for busy home cooks!





Five Marys Family Style
by Mary Heffernan and Jess Thomson

Everyone’s favorite ranch family is back with a new cookbook celebrating the seasons of life in the country! Following up on her popular cookbook, Five Marys Ranch Raised, Mary Heffernan reveals family life on the ranch through the traditions, crafts, and meals they share together throughout the year. Bring the ranch home this holiday season!




Everyday Cake
by Polina Chesnakova

A humble slice, square, or wedge of homemade cake never fails to delight and here you’ll find forty-five simple recipes to make any day feel a bit special. Using ingredients that are readily available, and arranged by pan type, these cakes are unfussy yet sweetly indulgent. There’s something for every mood and craving in Everyday Cakes!




Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple
by Aran Goyoaga

This cookbook is all about easy-to-follow, gluten-free recipes for enticing breads, cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, cookies, and includes a special holiday baking chapter. With Aran’s clear guidance (plus 145 of her stunning photos), gluten-free baking is happily unfussy, producing irresistibly good results every time!




Chinese Soul Food
by Hsiao-Ching Chou

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines and yet it often intimidates North American home cooks. No more with with these 80 easy homestyle recipes—now any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen! These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of “mmm!”




Fire + Wine
by Mary Cressler and Sean Martin

For the grill master on your list, Fire + Wine will turn the backyard into the tastiest place to be with recipes that celebrate smoked and grilled food (and the wines that pair best with them). Master the fundamentals to successful grilling and smoking on any grill and discover the secret sauce (and the wine!) that will take grilling to the next level!




by Cynthia Nims

These fifty delicious and approachable shellfish recipes–which includes shrimp, crab, scallops, oysters, clams, mussels, and lobster–are perfect for busy home cooks who want to create satisfying dishes and who also may be new to cooking with shellfish!




A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus
by Renee Erickson and Jess Thomson

This iconic cookbook is acclaimed chef and James Beard Award Winner Renee Erickson’s love letter to the fresh seasonal food that defines the Pacific Northwest.  It’s filled with seasonal, personal menus like Renee’s Fourth of July Crab Feast, Wild Foods Dinner, and a fall pickling party that home cooks will cherish.




The Salmon Sisters
by Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton

Hearty and comforting recipes that honor wild foods from the sea and the shore–and the inspiring life and work story from this famed pair of sisters and Alaskan fisherwomen. This cookbook is the perfect gift for cooks who love wholesome food that comes from land and sea, and an outward-bound lifestyle!