With Hanukah so early this year, I have to get a jump on my holiday cookbook suggestions.

Anyone who loves to bake will adore this new baking bible THE COOK’S ILLUSTRATED BAKING BOOK: Baking Demystified with 450 Foolproof Recipes from America’s Favorite Food Magazine by the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. The book is geared to both novice and expert demystifying the chemistry of baking and allowing you to make foolproof desserts. Baking basics are explored and the recipes are clear and infallible. A must for bakers and non-bakers alike who just want to serve successful breads and desserts.

MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT FAVORITES: the 250 Most-Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes from One of America’s Best-Loved Restaurants by The Moosewood Collective is the perfect gift for your favorite vegetarian or vegan this holiday season. Founded in 1973, Moosewood Restaurant revolutionized vegetarian cooking making it totally delicious and on trend. This large volume contains 250 of the most requested recipes completely updated and revised to reflect our current style of vegan, vegetarian, whole-grain-rich, and gluten-free cooking. Outstanding recipes include Portuguese white bean and kale soup; Peruvian quinoa and vegetable salad; sweet potato salad with chipotle aioli; and strawberry-rhubarb crumble. A few fish recipes as well.

And speaking of veggies, I liked FIFTY SHADES OF KALE: 50 Fresh & Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please by Drew Ramsey, M.D. & Jennifer Iserloh. Ms. Iserloh, aka “The Skinny Chef,” and Dr. Ramsey share their passion for one of nature’s most nutritious veggies in this small but lovely volume. The witty book starts with huevos rancheros; lox me up; and throw away the key to chipotle flank steak with lime, black beans, and kale; and green pizza.

For foodies who want a great read MASTERING THE ART OF SOVIET COOKING: A Memoir of Food and Longing, by Anya Von Bremzen is a page-turner. This “foodmoir,” my term for a foodie memoir, is warm, witty, and a wonderful window into a fascinating life. The book is a savory look into what it was like to live in Soviet Russia. The history unfolds through food memories from a well-regarded James Beard Award-winning Russian food authority.

From noted French cooking expert Patricia Wells, who has lived and cooked in France for more than 30 years, comes THE FRENCH KITCHEN COOKBOOK: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. The book is perfect for your favorite Francophile who loves fresh, inspiring recipes and lessons from the classes taught by Ms. Wells. The recipes are easy-to-follow and straightforward in style. Highlights include yellow tomato soup with evergreen tomato tartare and red tomato sorbet; Parmesan crème brûlée; seared duck breast with fresh figs and black currant sauce; and intense chocolate custards with nibs.

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