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Recommendations for a cookbook as a wedding gift

A friend of mine is getting married soon, and my partner and I are getting her some bakeware from her registry. We thought it would be nice to put a good cookbook in the gift, as well and were hoping for some good recommendations.

The bride (my friend) is a vegetarian who enjoys cooking and loves all things Italy. The groom's not a vegetarian and I don't know if he cooks, but I figure even if he doesn't he'll reap the benefits of it all either way.

Anyway, any recommendations? We thought something baking related would be appropriate but it isn't absolutely necessary. I was thinking of "Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen" after reading a few good reviews around here, but I don't know anything about the book myself.

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  1. If you're giving bakeware I do think it's nice to give a baking book.

    The classic of all classics is Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible.

    Or her new one: Heavenly Cakes.

    She has a website: http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/

    1. My favorite Italian vegetarian cookbook is "Italian Vegetarian Cooking" but I think it is out of print?? I also like "The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating" I am not a vegetarian so am not an expert but both these books have delicious recipes. Sorry I don't have a dessert book but I would think, unless they are vegans, that most dessert books would work??? I am not familiar with the "Dolce Italiano" book but will look for it at the library - thanks for the idea.

      1. My standard wedding gift is "Joy of Cooking." :-)
        Shows my age, huh??

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        1. re: susanpmccoy

          Joy of Cooking or How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

          1. re: foodsnob14

            Bittman's veg book is fabulous too, but How to Cook Everything is my standard gift as well.

        2. If you can get ahold of a early '70's edition of the "Good Housekeeping Cookbook" that isn't worn out from use. Very informative and full of basics both for cooking and baking.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            Ahhh, very good choice - I have their illustrated cookbook from the mid-1980s - with the souffle on the cover.

            http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37...

            Otherwise, I think "Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" is a good choice: http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Cook...

          2. So as not to duplicate whatever she already has in her cooking library, how about a gift subscription to Cooks Illustrated (paper or online) or a gift certificate for Jessica's Biscuit, a catalog and online cookbook seller? If you are committed to an actual book, the "Best Recipe" line of CI cookbooks, which include baking books, are well-respected.