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Cookbooks We'd Love to Receive

We like to eat and cook around here! We also love cookbooks. I asked my co-workers which cookbook they’d most like to receive this holiday season. 

Here’s a list worth checking twice:

  • Kate L. and Natanya both hope that Santa brings John Besh's My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking. Natanya was enthralled by Besh’s first cookbook, My New Orleans, and appreciates Besh for his southern charm, family-inspired recipes and unrelenting commitment to his community. According to Kate, “This latest cookbook from my favorite New Orleans chef frames up what I’m about: a busy mom from Louisiana who is passionate about serving up delicious, fresh, home-cooked meals. Besh emphasizes seasonal and local produce and conveys simple strategies to get tasty meals on the table any night of the week.”
  • Scott would like to tear open the hand-printed giftwrap on The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.  Full ofpersonal stories, recipes designed tohighlight heirloom vegetables and fruits and practical tips like “how to wash leeks,” the cookbook also provides blank spaces on each recipe page for the cook to write his own notes.Printed on heavy stock paper and designed to be passed down for generations, the book includes stunning blank recipe cards for family favorites.
  • Elizabeth wants to find Sheri Castle's The New Southern Garden Cookbook under her tree, being as she’s homesick for Carolina butter beans, tomato pie and ham biscuits. Elizabeth shares that Castle's blendof storytelling and kitchen wisdom brings the recipes to life and will encourage any home chef to crack open that CSA box and get cooking.
  • Jennifer would be psyched if the Sugarplum Fairy waved her wand and made Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swansonmagically appear. A cookbook full of tasty, delicious recipes that just happen to be good for you isn't too good to be true. Jennifer gushes, “It's no secret that the blogger behind ‘101 Cookbooks’ writes books as stylish and informative as her website.”
  • Kate R. would love to be gifted The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook by Kim O’Donnel to add to her cookbook collection. Kate assures us that the book is oriented toward anyone (not justmeat lovers)interested in creative vegetarian recipes. Chickpea Crab Cakes and Jig-inducing Falafel Burgers are just a few of the tempting recipes Kate can’t wait to try.
  • Rebecca would like to find Hellbent for Cooking by Annick Giroux on her doorstep this season. According to a reliable source, the dishes are as legendary as the bands that provided them. Nothing warms a cool winter evening like the heat generated by the favorite recipes of Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and Uriah Heep, not to mention Norway’s infamous black metal chefs Mayhem and Gorgoroth.

I hope the reviews above spark some ideas for your own gift giving. Which cookbook would you most like to gift or receive this holiday season?



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Ed&Heidi McNamara says …

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook is a must have in everyone's kitchen library. We have bought many, signed and unsigned as great gifts to put under the tree this year. Happy Holidays!

Elaine Carrillo says …

I would love to have the newest Whole Foods Cookbook. Whole Foods' recipes cannot be beat! Keep up the good work, WF.

Jacqueline McGann says …

I would like to find the Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook under my tree this Christmas.

Adam says …

there's a couple on my wish list.. "Candle 79 Cookbook" by Joy Pierson, and "Vegan Holiday Kitchen" by Nava Atlas.. I was browsing through that one at the bookstore today, really good recipes and well put together

Linda Watson says …

I'm giving Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester. It's full of fun, easy, and delectable recipes for vegans and non-vegans alike. And I'm sending out signed copies of my own book Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less. I gathered prices at Whole Foods In Raleigh. Great gift for someone who is trying to save money to pay for college, pay the rent, or go to Paris -- or for your annoying cousin who talks about Whole Paycheck. You can afford to eat like it matters!

Bonnie says …

A friend recently recommended the Moosewood cookbook. It has a history with it. A group of cooks started the Moosewood restaurant as equal investors in the northeast USA some 20 years ago. Lots of great soup recipes and cardamom cake (which I tried). I bought the cardamom at Whole Foods and found it is so fresh and powerful. The cake had a tremendous great flavor. I especially like homemade food from real ingredients-foods!

Mary Helen okeeffe says …

Can you get Whitewater Cooks at home by Shelley Adams and Whitewater cooks with friends by Shelley Adams they are in Whole Foods oi British Columbia. They are wonderful Thank you Mary Helen OKeeffe

Chef Brandon says …

I'd like to know if you have any information as to how I may get my recently published book in Whole Foods Markets?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHEF BRANDON - Our buying is typically done at the regional level. You can find detailed info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/information-potential-vendors. There are some stores that will purchase books individually so always worth reaching out to the Whole Body Department at your local store.