Now that Thanksgiving’s over, the Christmas shopping season has begun. If you’re like me, you have a few people on your shopping list who are foodies, love experimenting in the kitchen, and think nothing of whipping something magical together with what’s in the pantry. Why not help to inspire them with some new cookbooks?

Here are five that I think your foodie friend will love.

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson

This is the perfect gift for your foodie friend who is interested in not just expanding her flavor palette but also wants to explore and reclaim the origins of Black culinary traditions.

The Rise is part-memoir, part cookbook, part social commentary. I’d say this is a definite must-have — grab a copy for yourself as well.

99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines by André Mack

Whether your foodie friend already considers herself a wine connoisseur or is just getting started in her wine appreciation journey, André Mack’s 99 Bottles should help her discover new and exciting wines to tempt her palette.

The Less Is More Approach To Wine by Charles Springfield

If your foodie friend is still feeling a little intimidated by the world of wine, then Charles Springfield’s The Less Is More Approach to Wine can be her new wine bible.

Whether she’s trying to figure out the merits of Old World versus New World wines, the basics of wine, and which wine goes with which food, then she needs a copy of this book.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin 

Jubilee isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a history of African-American cooking from kitchens run by enslaved cooks to freemen to the great chefs of today.

If your foodie friend likes to deep-dive into the narratives behind the food she enjoys or wants to try, then Jubilee is the ideal present for her. I’ve ordered a copy for a foodie friend (I even ordered a copy for myself since I am such a food and history nerd).

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls, JJ Johnson, and Veronica Chambers

Like a lot of foodies, I love exploring food and flavors from other cultures. Between Harlem and Heaven lets adventurous foodies explore the palettes of the African diaspora as well as Asian and African-American cuisine.

It’s a global smorgasbord of new and exciting recipes to try as well new twists on classics.

Getting hungry and thirsty just thinking about it? I know am!

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