It’s Lit: The Best New Cookbooks To Give This Holiday Season


Feast your eyes

George Bernard Shaw once said, "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." Here at NYLON, we wholeheartedly agree. Whether ordering a ridiculous amount of greasy Chinese for lunch or consuming a decadent five-course tasting menu at a new restaurant preview, we don't discriminate and try to express our love of food on the daily. That love only grows bigger once the holidays are nigh.

But we don't just love eating food, we also love making it. This task is made all the easier thanks to the help of some of our favorite cookbooks and food memoirs. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or an amateur chef, there’s no denying the power of a good recipe. And with all the festive energy in the December air and cold temperatures that call for indoor time, there's no better time to explore some new ones that will add plenty of tasty magic to any festive celebration. 

Ahead, feast your eyes on the 15 culinary books with which we are currently obsessed, each celebrating and expressing a love of food. Full of glorious imagery, inspiring stories, and unique, tantalizing recipes inspired by travel, fashion, film, and more, they're guaranteed to make your mouth water. 

Of course, not everyone wants or loves to cook. So even if you do plan on calling a caterer or sticking to your go-to takeout menus this month, it’s worth noting that these literary wonders also make for great gifts, perfect for that certain someone who loves making food as much as you love eating it. Bon appétit!

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Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu

After Cherry Bombe quickly asserted itself as a magazine that celebrates women and food, fans were begging founders, Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, for a proper cookbook. From start to finish, this book, holding over 100 recipes and stories from some of the most influential and creative women in the food world and beyond, delivers. Want a cookie recipe from supermodel Karlie Kloss? Check. A cocktail from Top Chef judge Gail Simmons? Say no more. And while we normally don't like to judge a book by its cover, we must say the millennial pink was an excellent choice.  

Recipes to try: Charred pineapple margarita, carne adovada, pumpkin-swirled mashed potatoes, and spicy ginger cookies.