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My TOP 5 cookbooks picks to gift this holiday season!

These cookbooks are sure to excite the taste buds of the home cooks on your list this year! From the seasoned '5-star home cook' to the 'occasional cooker' I've got you covered with all my FAVS!

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I dunno about you but I LOVE flipping through beautiful cookbooks to find meal inspo! Not to mention, on nights when I don't feel like creating a new dish I grab an ol' faithful cookbook & whip up a recipe that has been tested by someone other than me! haha

My Top 5 Cookbook Picks by Avatar:

For the 'The Home Sous Chef with Refined Taste'

'Ottolenghi Simple' by Yotam Ottolenghi

This book is perfect for someone that knows their way around the kitchen, doesn't have hours to spend cooking but has a more refined pallet then most. Perhaps this person travels frequently and loves visiting the newest hot-spots for dining.

My recipe picks from this one: Soba Noodles w Lime, Cardamom & Avocado, Pan-fried Salmon w Pine Nut Salsa, Braised Egg w Leek & Za'atar and Spinach & Gorgonzola Stuffed Jacket Potatoes.

For the 'Meal Prepping Extraordinaire'

'Cook Once Dinner Fix' by Cassy Joy Garcia

Cook Once Dinner Fix is perfect for the on-the-go type who loves a home cooked meal. Perhaps they have a busy family, participate in all the extracurricular activities or they work long hours & like to spend a bit of time in the kitchen on the weekends getting prepped for the long week ahead!

The concept is simple: Cook 'Meal 1' (from the dinner series of your choosing) the book has instructions for how to transform the purposefully made "leftovers" into a completely different 'Meal 2'! Recipes are divided into: Poultry, Beef, Pork, Seafood & Vegetarian.

Notable Dinner Series Favs: Blackened Shrimp Taco Bowls & Seafood Jambalaya, Loaded Avocado Bacon Burgers w Sweet Potato Fries & Chipolte Lime Mayo & Crispy Beef Hash w Tzatziki

If you love this concept but want to prepare meals for the entire week, Cassy's other book Cook Once Eat All Week might be more up your alley!

For the slightly more 'Adventurous Cook & Eaters'

'Eating Out Loud' by Eden Grinshpan

Out of all the books on this list I would say this one is my 'most used'. This book is for the lover of middle eastern food with a flare. These recipes are playful, accessible & of course DELISH!

Think: Sesame Challah Monkey Bread, Very Green Shakshuka, Sticky Lamb Tagine w Apricots, Fennel & Honey, Harissa Lemon, Whole-Roasted Branzino w Harissa, Garlic & Lemon and Salted Halva Chocolate Chip Cookies.

For the 'Classic with a Twist, Cook'

'Well Seasoned' by Mary Berg

Pickering, Ontario born 'Mary Berg' won MasterChef Canada in 2016. Her recently released cookbook is my newest fav!

I love that the recipes are organized by season!

Spring: Green Risotto, White Wine White Coq au Vin

Summer: Grilled Summer Squash Pizza, Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Fall: Baked Meatballs w Pesto & Ricotta, Curried Shrimp Orzo

Winter: Everything Bagel Biscuits, Eggnog Basque Cheesecake

For the 'Veggie Loving Host with the Most'

'The Long Table Cookbook' by Amy Symington

Whether you are already a plant-forward eater or you are starting to dabble in the plant-based lifestyle this book will have you (& your loved ones) asking for seconds. The recipes in this book were created for communal dining and to support optimal health.

Disclaimer: Amy, the author & chef behind this cookbook holds a special place in my heart. I consider her my mentor, friend & Supermom!

My go-to recipes from this book: Waldorf Salad w Pomegranate & Pistachios, Turmeric Ginger Latte, Raspberry Key Lime Pie, Warm Farro Salad w Spicy Citrus Dressing, Pho Noodle Wrap, Creamy Dill & Cannellini Bean Dip and Lentil & Walnut Tacos w Mango Avocado Salsa

I hope that you found this helpful! If any of these titles caught your eye, send this blog post to your loved ones to give them a hint!

Happy gifting, my friends!



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