I am trying to think of a slightly more personalized bridal shower gift and thought I'd give my friend a cookbook (and maybe throw in a kitchen item from her registry) since she and her fiance are cooking at home more. My friend is always saying she likes my restaurant recommendations and we first bonded over food so a food gift seems appropriate. They are probably average skill home cooks so I was wondering which cookbooks you might recommend in that light, as I heard ad hoc at home is still a bit difficult in technique.
The two I thought of are restaurants I know they like, but if you have other suggestions I would appreciate them. I thought Mark Bittman's book would be good but I don't know if she reads his blog.
1. Ad Hoc at Home - I recommended ad hoc to them and they both loved it. She said it was their favorite restaurant on their CA trip
2. Momofuku - we both really like the infamous pork buns and she and her fiance loved dining at Ko. (Bonus-If I get this I could stop at Momofuku Milk Bar before the bridal shower and pick up some cookies/pie too.)