When it comes to choosing a cookbook as a gift for a newlywed couple, a lot will depend on the age of the couple and whether or not they have been living on their own for a while or are right out of college. Newlyweds who have been on their own for a while may have acquired a basic cookbook or two, and that is a consideration when thinking about what books will work best for them. These days, it is also important to know at least a little about their lifestyle, you don’€™t want to waste your money on a cookbook on how to roast meat if they are living a vegan lifestyle.
Betty Crocker Cookbook
Betty Crocker has been a part of many kitchens for 80 years and is just as relevant today as it ever was. Whether you want to get the lastest version or a vintage one, the Betty Crocker Cookbook helps cooks go from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Betty has come a long way and now has an entire chapter of the newest cookbook dedicated to vegetarians.
Good Housekeeping Step by Step Cookbook
For a newlywed who is also new to the kitchen, this cookbook takes a cook on a step by step journey through the culinary arts. With over 1200 recipes and 1800 photos, it is easy to feel confident trying something new because there are pictures to show what the final result should look like. There are also lots of explanations about how to do basic techniques and even how to plan for the wine for your dinner.
How to Cook Everything the basics by Mark Bittman
For anyone with any kind of anxiety in the kitchen, this is a best cookbook to have around. This takes a new cook through all the basic they need to know to make simple, nutritious meals with wholesome ingredients and great flavor. The book has more than 1000 photos to help even the newest of newlyweds to make their food look as great as it tastes.
The Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman
Written by the blogger who created the Smitten Kitchen blog, Deb Perlman, this is a must have for today’€™s modern cook. Deb cooks in her tiny New York Kitchen and is not a professional chef. This is a much smaller book with just over 100 recipes and 300 plus photos and is guaranteed not to overwhelm the novice cook. The vast majority of the recipes do not contain meat so this might not be the best book for serious carnivores. This cookbook is a great way for a self-taught cook to share the knowledge she has gained along the way and help the newlywed to follow in her footsteps of culinary discovery.
The Newlyweds Cookbook by Ryand-Peters-Small
This is the perfect book to get newlyweds started in the kitchen. It has the basics of setting up a kitchen and what pots and pans will be required. It contains some basic recipes but also moves beyond that. It is the perfect book to get a new couple cooking together in the kitchen.
These are five of the hundreds of cookbooks that are available that newlyweds might enjoy receiving as a gift. Just about every cook on the Cooking or Food Channel has their own cookbook and some newlyweds may have a favorite among their ranks. The Barefoot Contessa, Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay and Giada are just a few of the stars who have multiple cookbooks that offer hundreds of recipes and tips to help get the newlyweds off on their own culinary journey.