30 Gift Ideas: Cookbooks & Kitchen Goodies

It’s the first week of December and some people are into the full swing of holiday shopping. I am actually pretty proud of myself – I only have one gift left to buy. That never happens. Usually I’m just getting myself organized at this point and am stumbling out of the starting gate. Have you started your shopping yet? Well, if you’re shopping for yourself or a foodie friend or relative, I think you’ll love this roundup. I did something similar last year, and it’s basically a collection of Amazon bestselling cookbooks and kitchen products, as well as the cookbooks that their editors chose as the best of 2010. I love looking at these lists, as it’s always interesting to see what the trends are in terms of products as well as cookbooks. Plus, I get a lot of ideas to put on my own wish list :)

Stay tuned because next week I will be sharing some items on my own personal wish list and other goodies aside from cookbooks that I think other food and kitchen lovers would enjoy!

If you’d like, you can also check out the list of 2009 bestsellers I put together last year and do some comparisons.

And lastly, if you are thinking of making some homemade gifts this year, you might want to check out Homemade Food Gift Ideas.


Amazon Best Cookbooks of 2010: Bestsellers

1. Cook This, Not That! by David Zinczenko

2. Now Eat This! by Rocco DiSpirito

3. Hungry Girl 1-2-3 by Lisa Lillien

4. Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten

5. What’s New, Cupcake? by Alan Richardson

6. The Skinnygirl Dish by Bethenny Frankel

7. The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook by Jillian Michaels

8. Cake Pops by Bakerella

9. Skinny Italian by Heather Maclean

10. Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood by Trisha Yearwood

Amazon Best Cookbooks of 2010: Editors’ Picks

1. Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

2. The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser

3. The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Peter Meehan

4. Thai Street Food by David Thompson

5. Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas

6. Urban Pantry by Amy Pennington

7. Baked Explorations by Renato Poliafito

8. Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis

9. In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite by Melissa Clark

10. Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi

Additional Cookbook Ideas: Award Winners

I get a lot of my ideas for new cookbooks from the lists of IACP and James Beard award winners. They award winners in a variety of categories and it results in a wonderful variety of books to check out that I may have never heard of. You can browse the winners of both from this year below:

2010 IACP Cookbook Winners

2010 James Beard Cookbook Winners

Amazon Kitchen & Dining Bestsellers

1. Vinturi Deluxe 6-Piece Wine Aerator Set (Category: Bar Tools & Glasses)

2. Cuisinart 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker (Category: Coffee, Tea & Espresso Appliances)

3. Microplane Grater/Zester (Category: Kitchen Utensils  & Gadgets)

4. Wilton 3-Tier Cooling Rack (Category: Cookware)

5. Victorinox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife (Category: Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories)

6. Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt (Category: Kitchen & Table Linens)

7. Oster Electric Wine-Bottle Opener (Category: Large Appliances)

8. Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender (Category: Small Appliances)

9. Adagio Teas Ingenuitea Teapot (Category: Tableware)

10. Oster Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller (Category: Wine Accessories)

Happy Shopping! :)