2020 Gift Guide for the cookbook lover and cook & an Emile Henry tagine holiday giveaway

Several times a year, I put together a gift guide of great products and cookbooks that would make a special gift for the cook/cookbook lover in your life. My 2020 gift guide for the baker can be found here.

For sake of brevity, I will refer you to my Best Books of Fall/Autumn 2020 and Best Books of Spring 2020 for cookbook recommendations. To these lists I would add a few vegan titles: Vegan With Bite: Because Taste Matters by Shannon Martinez, Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Festive Plant-Based Meals and Desserts for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Table by Katie Culpin, The Vegucated Family Table: Irresistible Vegan Recipes and Proven Tips for Feeding Plant-Powered Babies, Toddlers, and Kids by Marisa Miller Wolfson and Laura Delhauer, and Deliciously Ella: Quick and Easy: 10-Minute, 20-Minute, Big Batch Plant-Based Meals: Over 100 Vegan Recipes by Ella Mills.

Other cookbooks that are certainly gift-worthy from 2020 include:

The Chilean Kitchen: 75 Seasonal Recipes for Stews, Breads, Salads, Cocktails, Desserts, and More by Pilar Hernandez and Eileen Smith is a gorgeous book that delivers a delicious dive into Chilean cuisine. There is a lovely dessert chapter as well. The book is organized seasonally and filled with photographs, it is a wonderful introduction to the flavorful food of Chile.

The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller features more than 100 recipes, a basics chapter featuring such revelations as Parmesan mousse, tomato water, and a variety of stocks not only give readers insight into the foundations of these groundbreaking recipes but can also be used to elevate the food of any home cook. It is absolutely stunning.

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple by Jacques Pépin: Originally published as The Short-Cut Cook: Make Simple Meals With Surprisingly Little Effort, this revised edition is a testament to Jacques’ timeless food and advice, and now includes beautiful photographs. The illustrations in this gorgeous book are worth the price of admission.

Home Cookery Year: Four Seasons, Over 200 Recipes for All Possible Occasions by Clare Thomson: From the author of New Kitchen Basics and The Art of the Larder among others, comes a year of dishes that will be your new essential kitchen bible, year-round, and every day. Thomson writes foolproof, imaginative recipes to please the whole family – as a professional chef and mum of three, she understands what it’s like to whip up tasty, crowd-pleasing dishes in minimal time at the end of a busy working day. Find out more about this title in our promotion.


Now for things for your kitchen!

John Boos Newton Prep Master II is a combination of a prep board with a pan for storing your chopped ingredients and the curved section and the rocker knife is perfect for chopping herbs. This gorgeous board is made from solid northern hard rock maple and is a generous size of 18″ x 18″ x 2 1/4″. The bonus is that it is reversible. Look for a promotion for this gorgeous piece along with Flavor for All: Everyday Recipes & Creative Pairings early next month – this title is one of my best books of 2020.



I love me some Ruffoni. I recently fell hard for the Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot with Stag Knob, 4-Qt. and used some William Sonoma Rewards to order it for the holidays (plus it was on sale – I need to justify my obsessions). I wish they would stop making such stunning cookware and introducing new finials – because my heart can’t take it – nor my wallet.



Every cook needs a great knife. I thought I had some pretty nice knives myself until I met the Schmidt Bros. line of cutlery. The knives feel great in my hand and have a comfortable grip. They are light but sturdy and cut effortlessly. Not to mention, they are gorgeous. Earlier this year we promoted this cutlery. We’re hoping for another promotion featuring the chef’s knife this holiday season.


Fairly new to the cookware market is Smithey. I have written about my fondness for this brand (see the first two posts). This stunning Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster would look incredible on anyone’s table – holiday or not. Look for a promotion featuring this piece coupled with Ottolenghi Flavour / Flavor soon.

Emile Henry is the producer of stunning cook and bakeware. I have shared multiple posts on their products. This beautiful tagine goes from stovetop to table effortlessly and looks impressive. To celebrate the holidays, Emile Henry is giving one of these tagines away in our giveaway below.



You know I have a stalker-ish relationship with Le Creuset. Their holiday Noël Collection brings a joyful tear to my eye. Darcie wrote about the new collection here. Check out Le Creuset’s site for specials and sales. My deals post shares a few links for deals on this cookware. I will keep that post updated with any special sales throughout the next month and a half.


Any cook would love a gift card from Hardcover Cook to use toward a subscription box or cookbooks. Monique is working on new bundles and some specials so keep checking her site and sign up for her newsletters. I know she will be offering 20% off bundles as their Black Friday promotion scheduled to start a few days before. She is working on additional bundles to be added to those already on the site. New bundles will feature The Nom Wah Cookbook, I Cook in Color, Parwana, The Flavor Equation, Modern Comfort Food and more.

An example of a new bundle!

San Diablo Artisan Churros – everything you need for hot churros in six minutes – and the fillings – sweet mother of all things delicious – they were incredible. There may have been some fighting over the last few!


Jacobsen sea salt is a fantastic stocking stuffer. The infused rosemary salt makes roasted potatoes or fries even more heavenly.


Other gift ideas I am loving:


Of course, a gift certificate for Eat Your Books is always a thoughtful present for the cookbook lover/cook. If you need help purchasing a gift certificate, see this help section or email info@eatyourbooks.com.


Lastly, a special thanks to our members who used our affiliate links while doing their shopping. The commissions earned help us to index more books, please remember to click here before shopping Amazon USA * Amazon Canada * Amazon UK anytime.


Special thanks to Emile Henry for providing one beautiful tagine in our US giveaway. Entry options include answering the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which product in our gift guide (besides the tagine) excites you the most?

Visit Emile Henry and then leave a second comment stating which piece of their cookware or bakeware that you would like Santa to leave under your tree?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option – the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on January 23rd, 2021

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173 Comments

  • rchesser  on  November 12, 2020

    The Schimdt Bros!

  • rchesser  on  November 12, 2020

    The red bread cloche.

  • dadekian  on  November 12, 2020

    The John Boos Newton Prep Master II

  • dadekian  on  November 12, 2020

    An Emile Henry Bread Cloche

  • MarciK  on  November 12, 2020

    Corzetti stamps

  • MarciK  on  November 12, 2020

    Bread/Potato Pot , Burgundy

  • lauriesk  on  November 12, 2020

    The John Boos cutting board

  • lauriesk  on  November 12, 2020

    The Ultime rectangular baking dish

  • ktcupcake  on  November 13, 2020

    The soup dumpling kit sounds awesome!

  • ktcupcake  on  November 13, 2020

    The One Pot in Burgundy looks like something we’d use all the time.

  • mcrimmins  on  November 13, 2020

    The knives, I really need new knives. The Schimdt Brothers

  • mcrimmins  on  November 13, 2020

    I’m interested in the Bread Bakers.

  • sarahawker  on  November 13, 2020

    The Boos Newton Prep Master, so useful.

  • sarahawker  on  November 13, 2020

    From Emile Henry the Delight Round Dutch Oven , 4.2 QT

  • DCSarah  on  November 13, 2020

    I’m excited about the soup dumpling kit 🙂

  • DCSarah  on  November 13, 2020

    Would love to try the EH chicken roaster!

  • Lindsey_M  on  November 13, 2020

    Dreaming of Morocco, I wish for the tagine.

  • hrk  on  November 13, 2020

    the copper pot

  • hrk  on  November 13, 2020

    charcoal bread/potato pot

  • ImCookingIt  on  November 13, 2020

    The Chilean Kitchen cookbook really intrigues me. I’ve not experimented with this cuisine but a friend lived there & talks about it.

  • ImCookingIt  on  November 13, 2020

    I’d be happy if Santa left a pizza stone – I like the textured nature of these stones and, especially, the handles!

  • inflytur  on  November 13, 2020

    The Smithy carbon steel oval roaster looks fabulous. It would really fill a hole in my cookware collection.

  • inflytur  on  November 13, 2020

    I covet an Emile Henry Fondue Set in Slate Gray.

  • Siegal  on  November 13, 2020

    I love the copper pot

  • debbiehb  on  November 13, 2020

    I would love to have a tagine. I don’t have one of those now.

  • debbiehb  on  November 13, 2020

    I’d also like a 6.3 quart dutch oven

  • debbiehb  on  November 13, 2020

    I love the Noël Collection Santa Claus Oval Dutch Oven

  • Ren23  on  November 13, 2020

    Schmidt Bros. line of cutlery

  • Ren23  on  November 13, 2020

    An Emile Henry Bread Cloche

  • BMeyer  on  November 13, 2020

    Ruffoni copper pot

  • KevinSeattle  on  November 13, 2020

    The appetizer platter gift set looks pretty great.

  • Emmylsf  on  November 13, 2020

    Ruffled pie dish, Flour

  • roxlet  on  November 13, 2020

    The carbon steel oven roaster and the tagine

  • riley  on  November 14, 2020

    Ruffoni copper pot

  • riley  on  November 14, 2020

    Oval gratin dish

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  November 14, 2020

    Emile Henry Tagine

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  November 14, 2020

    Baguette Baker

  • virjeania  on  November 14, 2020

    i love the bundles from Hardcover Cook! Perfect

  • virjeania  on  November 14, 2020

    I am in love with Emile Henry’s Baguette Baker and the mystery of making great bread.

  • JessHeilman  on  November 14, 2020

    I would love a Dutch oven.

  • Roxy12  on  November 14, 2020

    Everything on this list is enticing, but since I must choose…the book from my favorite living legend, Jacques Pepin!

  • Roxy12  on  November 14, 2020

    Baguette Baker!

  • isabelle  on  November 14, 2020

    That Ruffoni is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • isabelle  on  November 14, 2020

    I can never get enough of the EH rectangular bakers, in red or white. I love them.

  • amylou61  on  November 14, 2020

    I’m most excited about the Corzetti stamps. I bake hundreds of cookies during the holidays, and I’d love to “fancy them up” with the stamps 😊

  • southerncooker  on  November 14, 2020

    Oval Dutch Oven , 6.3 quart , Burgundy would be a wonderful gift

  • amylou61  on  November 14, 2020

    I’d LOVE to try Emile Henry’s Burgundy Bread Load Baker for my sourdough bread

  • southerncooker  on  November 14, 2020

    John Boos Newton Prep Master II really excites me.

  • LeMinou  on  November 14, 2020

    Red bread cloche

  • LeMinou  on  November 14, 2020

    Ruffoni

  • moralla  on  November 14, 2020

    soup dumpling kit

  • moralla  on  November 14, 2020

    bread cloche or baguette baker

  • LaurenE  on  November 15, 2020

    The tagine

  • LaurenE  on  November 15, 2020

    Emile Henry Fondue Set

  • dbranigan27  on  November 15, 2020

    La Creuset always has my heart, but the John Boos Newton Prep Master II would be much used and loved in our home.

  • dbranigan27  on  November 15, 2020

    I would love to try the Baguette Baker, Burgundy.

  • RSW  on  November 16, 2020

    The Smithey Carbon Steel Oven Roaster. Love Carbon Steel.

  • RSW  on  November 16, 2020

    Any Bread Baker

  • Phizz_17  on  November 16, 2020

    Smithey carbon steel oval roaster.

  • skinnelly  on  November 16, 2020

    I like all the gift suggestions, but my favorite is the Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • skinnelly  on  November 16, 2020

    My favorite on the Emile Henry site is is the charcoal bread loaf baker. I hope it comes back in stock soon!

  • lean1  on  November 16, 2020

    John Boos prepmaster II

  • lean1  on  November 16, 2020

    2nd question…Round dutch oven 5.5.

  • vhfvhf  on  November 16, 2020

    Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Bluetooth, Immersion Circulator
    from gift guide

  • ravensfan  on  November 16, 2020

    Le Creuset Noel Collection

  • ravensfan  on  November 16, 2020

    Covered Rectangular Baker

  • threefourpfeif  on  November 16, 2020

    I love the Schmidt Bros. knives

  • threefourpfeif  on  November 16, 2020

    I’d love to try the Round Dutch Oven, Charcoal, 2.6 Qt.

  • Shelmar  on  November 16, 2020

    Smithey carbon steel oval roaster

  • goodfruit  on  November 16, 2020

    EH bread baker! and the Boos prep master

  • Shelmar  on  November 16, 2020

    Large charcoal pizza stone

  • Sanyo12  on  November 16, 2020

    Baguette Baker ,  Burgundy

  • hbakke  on  November 17, 2020

    Ruffoni copper pot

  • hbakke  on  November 17, 2020

    Modern Classics Oval Baker , Large , Leaves

  • nvernon  on  November 19, 2020

    Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • nvernon  on  November 19, 2020

    Baguette Baker , Linen

  • rubytue  on  November 22, 2020

    The Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot is GORGEOUS!!

  • rubytue  on  November 22, 2020

    I’d love the Emile Henry Bread Cloche in Charcoal 🙂

  • Nancith  on  November 23, 2020

    Love the Smithy carbon steel oven roaster!

  • Nancith  on  November 23, 2020

    The Emile Henry One Pot in granite caught my eye!

  • readsandfeeds  on  November 23, 2020

    Pasta Friday and the Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta bundle.

  • Lafauvette  on  November 23, 2020

    the knife

  • Lafauvette  on  November 23, 2020

    bread loaf baker

  • MaineDruid  on  November 23, 2020

    The fermentation crock–a manageable size for small kitchens.

  • MaineDruid  on  November 23, 2020

    As for Emile Henry, I’d go for the large lasagna dish in “blue flame.”

  • sarah3079  on  November 23, 2020

    Would love to try some couscous in this tagine!

  • Hawky  on  November 23, 2020

    Tagine, tagine, tagine. I’ve wanted one for awhile.

  • Hawky  on  November 23, 2020

    Love their baking dishes. An Ultime square baking dish in Blue Flame for fit the bill.

  • sallansd  on  November 23, 2020

    the Tangine – I’ve been wanting one!

  • sallansd  on  November 23, 2020

    I’d love to try the Round Dutch Oven , Burgundy , 5.5 Qt.

  • ktpotat  on  November 23, 2020

    Fermentation crock

  • ktpotat  on  November 23, 2020

    A dutch oven

  • adubin  on  November 23, 2020

    The Boos prep block!

  • adubin  on  November 23, 2020

    The tagine!

  • Elve56  on  November 24, 2020

    Hardcover Cook gift card

  • Elve56  on  November 24, 2020

    Emile Henry Bread Cloche Charcoal

  • eyreka  on  November 24, 2020

    I love the John Boos Newton Prep Master II

  • eyreka  on  November 24, 2020

    I like the Butter Pots

  • Jellyfish  on  November 25, 2020

    Definitely the Ruffoni Hammered Copper ChefPot with stag know

  • jluvs2bake  on  November 25, 2020

    Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • jluvs2bake  on  November 25, 2020

    12-inch pie plate

  • redcurrant  on  November 25, 2020

    Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot with Stag

  • klrclark  on  November 27, 2020

    the tagine

  • klrclark  on  November 27, 2020

    an Emile Henry Bread Cloche

  • vhfvhf  on  November 27, 2020

    Appetizer Platter Gift Set , 3-Piece Set: 5001, 5002, 5003 , Tapenade

  • acecil  on  November 27, 2020

    Tarte tatin pan

  • matag  on  November 27, 2020

    The one pot

  • matag  on  November 27, 2020

    The soup dumpling kit

  • floridagld  on  November 27, 2020

    Can’t I say everything. After all I am a foodie. 😁 The tangine. And, John Boos.

  • floridagld  on  November 27, 2020

    Bread cloche, chicken baker and fish steamer

  • floridagld  on  November 27, 2020

    Can I say everything. As a foodie I do.
    Emile Henry and John Boos.

  • sequoia55  on  November 28, 2020

    Emile Henry Tagine

  • Cdunn  on  November 29, 2020

    The Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster!

  • Rosemarysullivan  on  November 29, 2020

    I also like the ruffoni historia hammered copper chef pot with the spectacular stag knob!

  • Rosemarysullivan  on  November 29, 2020

    I guess I leave the second message here?? I’d love the EH Burgundy Baguette Baker under my Christmas tree, but it’s sold out! My second choice would be the Delight Oval Dutch Oven – it looks like a magical beast!

  • HomespunHouse  on  November 29, 2020

    Le Creuset cookware

  • HomespunHouse  on  November 29, 2020

    loaf pans

  • ChicagoJen  on  November 29, 2020

    Schmidt Bros. cutlery is stunning. Or anything!

  • ChicagoJen  on  November 29, 2020

    A green dutch oven

  • stephanieloo  on  November 30, 2020

    Copper Pot

  • artthecat  on  November 30, 2020

    Ruffoni copper pot

  • Mtetpon  on  December 1, 2020

    The John Boos cutting board

  • katenolan  on  December 1, 2020

    The John Boos cutting board. (I’ve been eyeing them for years!)

  • katenolan  on  December 1, 2020

    The rectangular baker. Oddly enough, that’s one piece of kitchen gear I don’t have!

  • dusksunset  on  December 1, 2020

    John Boos Newton Prep Master

  • dusksunset  on  December 1, 2020

    Emile Henry square pizza stone

  • akrupnick  on  December 1, 2020

    The Chinese dumpling kit!

  • akrupnick  on  December 1, 2020

    Emile Henry baguette baker

  • lpatterson412  on  December 2, 2020

    Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster!

  • lpatterson412  on  December 2, 2020

    The oak Ruffled pie dish!

  • fbrunetti  on  December 3, 2020

    Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • fbrunetti  on  December 3, 2020

    Rectangular baker

  • gilmonster  on  December 4, 2020

    John Boos Newton Prep Master II

  • gilmonster  on  December 4, 2020

    Bread Loaf Baker

  • Dannausc  on  December 5, 2020

    Le creuset Noel collection

  • Dannausc  on  December 5, 2020

    Dutch oven

  • kmn4  on  December 9, 2020

    That Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot with Stag Knob is a thing of beauty.

  • kmn4  on  December 9, 2020

    Terrine & Press, Large, Burgundy

  • lselke  on  December 10, 2020

    Ooh, that Smithey oval roaster!

  • t.t  on  December 12, 2020

    Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot with Stag Knob, 4-Qt.

  • t.t  on  December 12, 2020

    Italian Bread Loaf / Pullman Baker , Charcoal

  • hillsboroks  on  December 12, 2020

    I love the EYB gift certificate.

  • hillsboroks  on  December 13, 2020

    I would love o find a Provence yellow deep rectangular tart dish under my tree.

  • Yarnia  on  December 13, 2020

    The Schmidt bros knife

  • NaomiH  on  December 14, 2020

    I would be excited for a Schmidt Bros. knife

  • NaomiH  on  December 14, 2020

    I would like the Delight Fondue Set at Emile Henry!

  • artthecat  on  December 16, 2020

    Bread loaf baker

  • lcwheels  on  December 18, 2020

    I really need knives in a big way!

  • rusthawk  on  December 19, 2020

    I would like to own the Oval Dutch Oven, 6.3 Quart, Burgundy from Emile Henry.

  • rusthawk  on  December 19, 2020

    Most excited about the Schmidt Bros. knives on the gift list.

  • bay9  on  December 22, 2020

    The beautiful Tangin

  • Jennifer7  on  December 23, 2020

    soup dumplings sound great

  • choppergirl  on  December 24, 2020

    The hardcover cook bundles

  • choppergirl  on  December 24, 2020

    Emile Henry Bread Cloche Charcoal

  • Martiniolive  on  December 25, 2020

    Love the Smithey oval pan

  • Karla123  on  December 26, 2020

    I’m most excited about the Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Chef Pot with Stag Knob, 4-Qt. I LOVE it!

  • Karla123  on  December 26, 2020

    I’d like to try Emile Henry’s Bread Cloche.

  • clairew137  on  December 27, 2020

    red bread cloche

  • marnone  on  December 29, 2020

    Cloche

  • orchidlady01  on  December 31, 2020

    I’d love to cook with the Emile Henry beautiful tagine.

  • orchidlady01  on  December 31, 2020

    Modern Classics Rectangular Baker, Large Rectangle in Spring

  • hirsheys  on  December 31, 2020

    The cookbook bundles are so enticing!

  • hirsheys  on  December 31, 2020

    I honestly would want the Emile Henry tagine. If not that, then a ruffled pie plate.

  • Jennalynn  on  January 4, 2021

    The Boos!

  • cellenly  on  January 6, 2021

    Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • cellenly  on  January 6, 2021

    artisan bread loaf baker

  • laurencooks  on  January 7, 2021

    Would love an Emile Henry pullman baker

  • laurencooks  on  January 7, 2021

    Hardcover Cooks cookbook bundles are so fun.

  • Richkat15  on  January 7, 2021

    Emile Henry tagine

  • Dhasenkampf  on  January 14, 2021

    I would love the burgundy bread cloche.

  • Dhasenkampf  on  January 14, 2021

    The Smithey Carbon Steel Oval Roaster

  • Shelley.b  on  January 16, 2021

    Appetizer platter gift set

  • Shelley.b  on  January 16, 2021

    Noel collection santa oval Dutch oven

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