The Best Books for Everyone on Your Gift List

You can’t go wrong gifting a book for the holidays. Not sure what to give to the bookworm in your life? We’ve pulled our top picks below!

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Best books for the cook.

 

cookbooks
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Dive into celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s favorite dishes from his own home cooking to his culinary travels.

 

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman

Your ultimate baking resource, this book takes you through simple recipes from around the globe.

 

Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook by Joanna Farrow

Can’t get enough Doctor Who? This cookbook offers a variety of dishes inspired by the popular BBC series.


Best books for the history buff.

 

history

 

Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

It’s the age of accelerations, and this book will explain just how to survive and thrive in the ever-changing 21st century landscape.

 

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson

Backed by comprehensive research, Nelson maps out in detail the entire timeline of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

 

American Revolutions by Alan Taylor

You won’t find a story like this in your average history book. Taylor chronicles the story behind the nation’s founding through the eyes of many different settings and perspectives.


Best books for the creative individual.

 

art

 

A Year in Art by Prestel

Flip through 365 pages of paintings as you learn the artistic styles of the Renaissance, Picasso, modern works, and more.

 

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll

Don’t just learn about photography, get inspired with this photographic guide that offers tips and best practices like you’ve never seen.

 

Capture Your Style by Aimee Song

Learn to transform your Instagram profile from someone who has mastered the art. This guide walks you through everything from editing your photos to building your following.


Best books for the comedian.

 

humor

 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Ansari hilariously dissects the modern dating world in a series of personal essays that are laced with both science and comedy.

 

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Internationally known comedian Amy Schumer chronicles the experiences that have shaped her in this hilarious collection of personal essays.

 

The Swoly Bible: The Bro Science Way of Life by Dom Mazzetti

From YouTube star Dom Mazzetti, this book tackles the topic of everything related to being a “bro.”


Best books for the overall bookworm. 

 

bookworm

 

Literary Wonderlands by Laura Miller

Explore nearly 100 ficitonal realms that span two thousand years of literary creativity.

 

The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante

A beautifully written novel about a child and a stolen doll, told from the perspective of the jealous toy.

 

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

An original fairy tale from 1845, this highly acclaimed story is a fairy tale that battles the forces of good and evil.

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