Each week for our Cook the Book column I have the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with a new cookbook, getting to know each author though their prose, recipes, and cooking styles. It's an intimate way to get acquainted with each book and it allows me to share the highlights with all of you.
This year I've covered 50 cookbooks and tested out nearly 300 recipes (!). As the year comes to a close, I can honestly say there have been an astounding number of truly remarkable cookbooks; beautiful, thoughtful, really tasty books.
Instead of bringing you a straight-up "best cookbooks of 2011" list, I've assembled a gift guide for each of the unique cooks on your holiday shopping list. Everyone from the science-minded inquisitive cook to the solo eater to the CSA junkie to the time-pressed weeknight chef to the hardcore griller—they're all covered on this list.
Oh, and if you're wondering where the baking books and flashy restaurant cookbooks are, we'll be chiming in with those picks a little bit later on in the month.
10 of Our Favorite Cookbooks in 2011
Cooking in the Moment by Andrea Reusing »
The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono »
Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Rulhman »
Molto Batali by Mario Batali »
Serve Yourself by Joe Yonan »
American Flavor by Andrew Carmellini »
Canal House Cooking by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton »
Cook This Now by Melissa Clark »
The Food52 Cookbook by Amanda Hesser and Merril Stubbs »
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi »
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