Holiday Gift Giving: Test Kitchen Cast Favorites Edition

Not sure which cookbooks to give as gifts this year? We asked some of our cast members for their picks.

Published Dec. 1, 2017.

Books make the best gifts—especially when they're packed with foolproof, delicious recipes. And from our recent cookie baking tome, The Perfect Cookie, to the curated collection of our TV hosts' favorite recipes, Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia, our bookstore has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Not sure which books to choose? Get some help from the experts. Here are some of our TV cast members' favorites. (For more gift ideas for the food lovers in your life, check out our Holiday Gift Guide.)

Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

"I’m not a vegetarian (I just eat like one), and this book is my bible. The flavors are bold. The food is beautiful and satisfying. From polenta and pizza to Middle Eastern lentils and rice with crispy onions to the world’s best vegetarian pad Thai, it’s all here."  
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Dan Souza, Editor in Chief, Cook’s Illustrated: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

"This 2,000-recipe wonder—20 years in the making—is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, period. The design is simple: just perfect, reliable, obsessively tested Cook’s recipes. It’s the common denominator on the cookbook shelves of new and expert cooks."  
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Becky Hays, Deputy Editor, Cook’s Illustrated: The Complete Slow Cooker

"The satisfaction of having dinner ready when you walk in the door after a long day is not only possible but easy with The Complete Slow Cooker as your guide. It’s packed with recipes that I plan to use this winter, including Seafood Risotto, Lentils with Escarole, and Texas Chili."  
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Tucker Shaw, Editor in Chief, Cook’s Country: The Complete Cook’s Country TV Book, 10th Anniversary Edition

"Whether you're cooking for two or cooking for an army, the recipes in our giant, 600-plus page 10th Anniversary cookbook keep the focus on ease, achievability, and big flavors that put smiles on faces around the table."  
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Bryan Roof, Executive Food Editor, Cook’s Country: The DIY Cookbook

"Our DIY Cookbook is full of projects that range from make-and-eat-today, such as maple cream, Mexican chorizo, and my killer recipes for chutney and kimchi, to make-and-it’s-so-worth-the-wait pancetta, cocktail bitters, and Test Kitchen IPA."  
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