Giftable Cookbooks for Beginners?
October 24, 2011 5:05 PM Subscribe
What's the best wedding-present cookbook? I'm looking for a nice, practical cookbook to give my sister & her fiance as a wedding gift (along with a starter set of quality knives), but I'm a little stumped, because the cookbooks I love are not really their style.
posted by rhiannonstone to Food & Drink (65 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
They're early-20s non-foodies who are just discovering that cooking for yourself is awesome but don't really care about the art/culture/philosophy of cooking or fine dining, so the expensive, impressive books I'd give to one of my peers (Alinea, French Laundry, A Day at El Bulli, etc.) aren't appropriate for them. I've already given them Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and my favorite Betty Crocker book from childhood, so those are out. Mastering the Art of French Cooking isn't practical enough. Joy of Cooking is of course a classic, and failing other ideas that's what I'll go with, but I was hoping someone here could offer better suggestions. I'm looking for something suitable for beginners and available in a nice hardback edition. Any ideas, Ask?