The best holiday cookbooks
1 Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats
More and more these days we’re encountering people with food allergies and intolerances. And in the past, gluten-free baking might have posed a challenge for cooks unsure what to do. Not anymore. Gluten-free recipes abound and gluten-free sweets are just as yummy and festive as any other sweet, and can feel just as indulgent. Perfect for the festive season. Amazon, $18.15.
2 Hot Cocoa and Other Wintry Beverages Cookbook: And Inspiration for the Season
One of the best things about the holiday season is all those delicious, yummy hot bevvies that come along with it. Spiked or non-alcoholic, it really doesn’t matter – if it’s steaming hot, frothy and more likely than not, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, it equals festive. This handy book helps you navigate the world of holiday drinks with easy steps and pretty pictures. And it means you can stir up something fancy and unique just in time for those last-minute guests. Amazon, $5.50.
3 Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining: Inspired recipes & ideas for celebrating the season
Who does home cooking and entertaining better than Williams-Sonoma? We’re always hunting in the store for the latest gadgets and staples for our kitchen and this festive cookbook will easily become one of your standard go-to books for holiday entertaining (from baking to styling and party prep) year after year. Amazon, $31.47. 4 The Christmas Cookie Cookbook: All the Rules and Delicious Recipes to Start Your Own Holiday Cookie Club
Cookies and Christmas go hand in hand. Christmas cookies are loved by many, come in so many flavours, shapes and sizes, and make the perfect gift for friends, hostesses, co-workers and family. Get the best Christmas cookie recipes from the pros (the authors have been curating the best cookie recipes for 20 years) and there’s the added bonus that this book includes Chanukah and Ramadan recipes to cover all the festive holidays. Amazon, $13.71.
5 Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions
Cook up a fancy and flavourful holiday meal minus all the meat and dairy. Yes, it can be done, and vegans know it. Enjoy all the festive meals with the healthy twist of it being vegan thanks to the over 200 recipes that can be found in this book. Chances are you have a vegan in your group of friends or family (or at the very least a vegetarian), and they will be thankful to have delicious vegan recipes on hand. Amazon, $18.77.
6 The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share
Get your apron on, your oven mitts ready and pull out the mixer. Because when you enter into a cookie swap, you’re going to be making loads of festive treats. This cookbook helps make the task easier with 60 recipes that are ideal for sharing and making large quantities. Even if you don’t do a swap, you can whip up a large batch of Christmas cookies and store them for family and friends to munch on all season. Amazon, $10.79.
7 Christmas with Gordon
How about spending the holidays with one of England’s most notorious chefs? Using Gordon Ramsay’s festive cookbook to help guide you through holiday feasts (perfectly cooked turkey, the most comforting and easy side dishes, and delicious dessert recipes) is like getting personal tips from the eccentric pro, minus the cursing he’s famous for. Amazon, $17.58.
8 The Complete Christmas Book: The All-You-Need Guide to a Memorable Christmas with Recipes, Crafts and Decorating Ideas
An oldie, but goodie. First published in 2007, our friends at Canadian Living helped make Christmas a lot less stressful with their guide to cooking, baking, organizing, decorating and entertaining. A staple that you will refer back to year after year (as we have the past few years), this is not only a great investment for yourself, but also makes a thoughtful and useful gift. Amazon, $15.64.