Eats, Lifestyle


December 5, 2018

Below are my favorite cookbooks for awesome home-cooked eats and fun holiday gifts for any foodie friends. All of the books are linked for easy shopping. Happy Holidays!

Let me know if you’ve cooked from any of these cookbooks in the comments.


Jerusalem is one of my go-to’s for cooking at home. I have an actual obsession with Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi is also the author of Plenty, Ottolenghi Simple, Plenty More, SWEET, other staples in my house. This one is focused on great dishes from Jerusalem (duh) – both authors were born there! This is a great gift for someone looking to dive into unique, multi-cultural recipes.


Cook Beautiful is a great cookbook to buy for someone who is looking to elevate their home cooking – visually and in terms of taste. Author Athena Calderone (who’s a dear friend) offers a “swoon tip” for each recipe, aka one thing that makes each dish extra special. I love how the book focuses on seasonality so that you can get the most out of your ingredients. Athena has impeccable taste and everything Athena touches is just beautiful.


This one brings me back to my roots and is written by a restaurant owner and 2x James Beard Award-winning chef, Michael Solomonov (love you MIKE!).  Zahav includes incredible recipes influenced by the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe.

Israeli Soul is Mike’s new book and I couldn’t be more in love. I feel like I am back on the streets of Tel-Aviv, eating all my fave foods.



Chef Missy Robbins (boss babe x) wrote Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life as she was taking a break from 20 years of working in kitchens and never cooking at home. Lucky for us, she figured it out. This book includes highly cookable recipes for the home chef. She bases most of her Italian influenced dishes off of her four must-have ingredients: garlic, lemons, crushed red pepper, and olive oil. Get this book for someone who loves Italian food and can appreciate Missy’s tips for lightening up some typically heavy dishes.


I love the Dining In cookbook by Alison Roman. She uses her effortless style throughout her recipes and the food is delicious and perfect for entertaining. I love how fresh, colorful and vibrant this entire book is. Gift this cookbook to someone who wants to hone in on full-flavored yet simple and thoughtful recipes.

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