Top 10 Cookbooks for the Holiday Season

Happy Tuesday Savvy Readers! As we all know, the holidays are all about good food and who you’re sharing it with… unless you’re Joey.


But since most of us aren’t Joey, here are some cookbooks that will help bring your families together for the sharing of food! And remember, sharing is caring.


Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook is the perfect cookbook for the holidays! From starters to entrees, afternoon tea to edible gifts, Jamie Oliver’s cookbook is all you’ll need when making that perfect Christmas dinner. No one will ever forget that dinner, especially when you combine it with the perfect holiday drink!



Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking by Masaharu Morimoto is great for all those people who have wanted to try to make Japanese food at home but thought it was too difficult. Not only does Morimoto make Japanese cooking easy, but he also adds a spin to meals, making them new and different. Why not make some chicken teriyaki on New Years Eve to share with your friends?




The holidays are a busy time. There are so many people to see, places to go, and we still have to get those presents wrapped! Have no fear, Ricardo is here! Slower is Better by Ricardo Larrivée is made for those crazier than crazy  days when you simply have no time to make a super intricate meal.



Start 2017 off right by checking out Life in Balance by Donna Hay. Eating healthy is always a struggle during the holidays with all that good food (turkey, stuffing, twenty different types of pie) but Hay makes it easy! With a realistic, sustainable approach, eating healthy won’t feel like a chore. Balance out all that decadent food with some simple, easy meals that taste just as delicious!



Guy Fieri Family Food is perfect for family dinners. With burgers, pastas, sandwiches, and more, this cookbook is full of food that everyone will love! There are even sections for making a weekend dinner that will last through the week and a chili bar that the kids can help out with!




Every true Doctor Who fan knows that December 25th is Doctor Who Day! While you catch up on past Christmas specials, get your friends to help out while you cook something good from the Doctor Who: Official Cookbook by Joanna Farrow! Enjoy fish fingers and custard, Cassandra pizza, and even Ood rolls! Make your very own gingerbread TARDIS (which is bigger on the inside, of course) and send your friends home with their very own cookie doctor.




Revel in the cold and briskness that belongs to the Great White North with True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns. Taking ingredients found from coast to coast and gaining inspiration from Italian, British, and Quebecois traditions, Dammann’s cookbook is the perfect celebration of Canada. Canadian cuisine is front and center here and we couldn’t be more proud!




Looking to eat green, but don’t know where to start? Thug Kitchen 101 is the cookbook for you! With quick and easy recipes, and explanations for what everything is, you’ll be a plant-based chef in no time! Make these meals in no time flat for when family drops by unexpectedly or when you’ve come home from a long day of Boxing Day shopping and want something quick.



Ready to share your love of Game of Thrones with your friends on a much more intense level? Bring something from the cookbook Game of Scones by Jammy Lannister to a holiday meal! No one will regret putting you in charge of desert when you bring Red (Velvet) Wedding Cake, Jamie  and Cersei’s Family Mess, or Oberyn’s Smashing Head Surprise.




Quebec is known for its good food (poutine anyone?) so it’s no surprise that Made in Quebec by Julian Armstrong made our list of top cookbooks. The Quebecois are passionate about their food, and who can blame them? Now everyone can enjoy the foods of Quebec without having to travel to Montreal. Stay in and make your own meals with recipes from the chefs of Quebec!

Let us know what cookbooks you like and what foods you’ll be making this holiday in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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