Last minute gifts can sometimes turn out to be the best gift you can give. If you’re dating a chef, have a chef friend, or just want to give a trendy recipe book at your work gift-exchange then we have the perfect list for you. We curated a list of seven recipe books to gift a chef, but like we said can also be a great gift for the friend who likes to get-down in the kitchen, chef or not. Check out our list below and make sure to purchase the great recipe books just in time for the Holiday’s.
Appetites: A Cookbook
by Anthony Bourdain
Appetites is intended to be Anthony Bourdain’s take on the home-cooking and home-entertaining books you see stacked on bookstore shelves. Since it focuses so much on what Bourdain likes, we think that this might be the gold piece you’ve been wanting to add to your collection. To top it off, the artwork is pretty damn dope too!
Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos
by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
Not only do you get fascinating stories about chefs and the stories behind their tattoos, but you also get a handful of recipes that are meant to be cooked up by the aspiring chef.
by Malachi Jenkins, Roberto Smith
Roberto Smith and Malachi Jenkins, former Blood and Crip respectively, came together a few years back to start cooking up some of the finest soul food to come out of Los Angeles County – South Central LA to be exact. Their underground culinary experience is taking place under one roof, serving up one very special dish a day, while Instagram acts as their delivery/pick-up service becoming one of their major keys to success. It’s inspiration in a cookbook and some damn good soul food.
by JJ Goode, Helen Hollyman, Editors of MUNCHIES
When you finally get a night off from the kitchen and you decide to go out drinking until dawn, Munchies: Late-Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs is definitely the cookbook you want to have on-hand when you get home from the madness. Based on MUNCHIES’ popular Chef’s Night Out series, this book is basically going to save you from the holiday hangover you were never seeking.
F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well
by Action Bronson
Eating well usually tends to be exactly what American’s are good at. Rapper, chef and television host Action Bronson shows us just how accurate that is with his new book F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well. The host of the popular VICELAND TV show, F*ck, That’s Delicious, has packed a book full of exactly what he strives for, deliciousness! He’s not exactly a chef (or is he?), but he definitely knows damn good food.
Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A.
by Wes Avila
You’re most likely familiar with Wes Avila and his popular food truck that roams the streets of Los Angeles. When you win Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly it just goes to show your on a different level. Wes has changed the game of tacos by utilizing the authenticity of his culture, but bending the rules a bit when it comes to what should be in a taco. Ingredients such as kurobata sausage and sea urchin, to the most popular sweet potato taco are just a few ways that set it apart from your usual taco shop down the street. Tacos will be cooked all year if you gift this, and we can;t say we are complaining.
Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers
by Andrew Rea
We’ve all watched a movie and thought to ourselves, “damn, that looks good!” and we move about our day. But with Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers you’ll finally get your chance to make the dish that caught your eye. With recipes from more than 40 classic and cult films, Eat What You Watch is the perfect gift for both movie buffs and home cooks who want to add some cinematic flair to their cooking repertoire.