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Christmas Gift Cookbook Ideas

tsura | Dec 2, 200906:42 PM

Hi all--I tried to see if there was a topic like this through the search, but didn't find anything. Apologies if it does already exist and I'm being redundant.

Cookbooks are always a big part of Christmas gift giving in our household, and in particular, my husband and I always make it a habit to get each other one really awesome cookbook (in the mutually selfish interest of building up our collection!). As I imagine that there are others who like to give and receive cookbooks at this time of year, I thought it would be fun and useful to have a thread where we recommend cookbook gifts for each other, depending on what folks might be looking for.

Here is my current dilemma: my husband really loves learning about meat, and improving his knowledge of different cooking methods. So I have been browsing around to see what hot meat-oriented technique books there are, and I am incredibly torn between:

Michael Ruhlman's _Charcuterie_ and Molly Stevens' _All About Braising_ (which I know was a book club read on here recently).

I've heard wonderful things about both, and would love anyone's suggestions as to which they would choose, or if there is another fantastic meaty book that I might be missing out on (note that last year I actually bought him the infamous Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, which has become a bible for us ever since).

Anyone else looking for cookbook suggestions for their loved ones?

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