Books for the food lover on your gift list

Books for the foodie on your holiday shopping list:

  • -- "Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food: A Grocer's Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food," by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough (Ten Speed; 298 pages; $32.50). One of the most comprehensive guides to grocery shopping and choosing ingredients.
  • -- "Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations," by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter; 432 pages; $75). A bounty of dinner parties, teas, holiday brunches and cocktail parties, from the doyenne of entertaining -- with plenty of recipes and striking photos.
  • -- "Mourad: New Moroccan," by Mourad Lahlou (Artisan; 390 pages; $40). An impressive tome from the chef-owner of San Francisco's Aziza restaurant.
  • -- "40 Years of Chez Panisse," by Alice Waters and Friends (Clarkson Potter; 304 pages; $55). A collection of writings detailing the history and photos of the Berkeley, Calif., restaurant as you've never seen it, written by the people who saw it all. A true collector's item.
  • -- "The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks," by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs (William Morrow; 440 pages; $35). The founders chronicle a year's worth of winning recipes from contests between home cooks.
  • -- "Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites From My Life in Food," by Jacques Pepin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 685 pages; $40). A compilation looking back at the master chef's six-decade career. Novice cooks will love the bonus DVD.
  • -- "Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook," by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (Little, Brown; 384 pages; $50). This year's version of the culinary coffee-table book, full of stunning photos and elaborate recipes from the glitzy New York restaurant.
  • -- "Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses," by Mary Karlin (Ten Speed; 256 pages; $29.99). Written for urban homesteaders, this ambitious guide to cheese-making will have your favorite DIY-er knee-deep in everything from ricotta to Manchego.
  • -- "The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food," by Adam Gopnik (Knopf; 293 pages; $25.95).
  • -- "Menu Design in America, 1850-1985," by Steven Heller, John Mariani and Jim Heimann (Taschen; 392 pages; $59.99).

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