CIAO ITALIA: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy from PBS cooking star Mary Ann Esposito is a wonderful compendium of fabulous recipes which will please any foodie friends as a holiday gift.  Who can resist classics like insalata di rucola, radicchio e Romana; risotto ai Frutti de mare (seafood risotto); pasta di pepe nero (black pepper pasta); carbonada valdostana (beef stew with polenta); or cannoli decostruiti (deconstructed canonoli)?

EVERYDAY DORIE: The Way I Cook by award-winning cookbook author and columnist Dorie Greenspan is a trove of her everyday recipes that she serves in her hoes in Paris, New York City, and Connecticut. In this cozy volume Dorie Greenspan offers up small surprises and tips that make her recipes unique. The recipes are easy to prepare and add a lot of ingenuity in dishes such as tomato and berry gazpacho; granola-topped squash and root vegetable gratin; citrus-marinated halibut with mango salsa; lemon-fennel chicken in a pot; and tangerine-topped cheesecake.

COOK LIKE A PRO: Recipes and Tips For Home Cooks from mega cooking star Ina Garten is a winner to give to your favorite gourmet.  The Barefoot Contessa makes her recipes easy-to-prepare and she gives you the confidence to know you can entertain with success.  One of my favorites is her slow-cooked truffled scrambled eggs; her incredible fried chicken sandwiches; and her chocolate chevron cake, all of which she gives amazing tips and hints to make the recipes truly special.  The gorgeous photos make the book even more enticing and mouth-watering.

THE MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT TABLE: 250 Brand-New Recipes from The Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating In America from the creators of the Moosewood natural foods restaurant which is in its fifth decade, is a lovely group of fail-safe healthful recipes to please all palates.  A few standouts include two potato tomato curry; cashew-crusted chickpea burgers; Cuban picadillo with tofu; and butternut latkes.  This book makes a great gift for your favorite foodie who embraces plant-based cuisine.

LIDIA’S CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal A Party: A Cookbook from uber-chef Lidia Bastianich is another solid cookbook from this expert on all things Italian.  The recipes are creative and easy to follow.  Favorites include pear bellini; Italian deviled eggs; mussels with zucchini salsa verde; ziti with kale pesto and crispy bacon; and polenta with honey and berries.

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