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Back-To-Basics Cooking & Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide: Books, Booze & Tools

First Posted: 12/09/10 08:49 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

The theme of HuffPost Food's 2010 holiday gift guide: Back to Basics.* The cooking and kitchen supply market is replete with expensive single-purpose toys & gadgetry, but this holiday season calls for a simpler approach. As everything from the economy to food awareness and food safety concerns pushes more & more Americans back into their kitchens, here are some holiday gift ideas to make their 2011 -- and yours -- even more delicious.

Check back on HuffPost Food soon for another round of gift recommendations for the food-inclined.

* Except for the sous vide stuff.

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We've got you covered: we'd recommend anything from our Best Cookbooks of 2010 list and's Best Cocktails-and-Spirits Books, but if we had to narrow them down, these three stand out to us as exceptional Holiday Gifts that will look great on their recipient's coffee table even if they don't end up cooking from them:

Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
The Essential New York Times Cookbook
The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual

More cookbook ideas:

The Best Cookbooks of 2010
The Best Cocktails-and-Spirits Books of 2010 (and a couple from 2009)
Chefs' Favorite Classic Cookbooks
Le Bernardin Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis' Favorite Cookbooks
The Best Meat Cookbooks for Carnivores and Locavores
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