These beautiful, well-tested, inspiring cookbooks by Western authors make wonderful presents on their own, but we’ve gone a step further. Each is paired with a related ingredient or tool, making an extra-thoughtful package
Coi: Stories and Recipes is an unorthodox book from the chef and owner of Coi, a two-Michelin-star restaurant in San Francisco. Daniel Patterson is a wonderful, insightful, humble writer, and in these pages he describes the evolution of his restaurant and his approach to cooking in California. You probably won’t be making these recipes—they’re supremely cheffy and, as Patterson says, “more of an oral history than a factual accounting of a process”—but they are fascinating to read.
Gift to go with: A digital scale