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Molly Watson

2012 Cookbooks to Give

By December 2, 2012

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At Home on the RangeIn case you have a culinary bibliophile or two on your gift list, I have a few ideas for you this year:

For people who want to read more than they want to cook, At Home on the Range, a cookbook written in the 1940s by Elizabeth Gilbert's grandmother, is a food-focused page-turner with a quick look into 20th-century home cooking history.

For the hard-core locavore, a copy of Roots: The Definitive Compendium With More Than 225 Recipes will give them seemingly endless way to use those work horses of winter local eating: root vegetables.

For vegetarians on your list - or, really, anyone who wants to eat less meat or ever cooks for vegetarians - The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations is filled with gorgeous, tempting recipes.

Hunters and anglers won't be able to help but appreciate Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish.

While Food in Jars isn't from 2012, it really is perfect for anyone who likes to make their own jams, preserves, and pickles. It provides excellent recipes than they're likely to use all year. (And Pretty Pantry Gifts is a lovely little kit with pretty stickers and fabric tops for jars and bottles that will make any home cook swoon.)

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