One of my favorite Christmas presents is a book about Cooking. No, it’s not a “cook book” or just a collection of recipes. It’s a book about how to cook. Alton Brown’s I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking is a great book about how to cook. If you’re more interested about learning about different techniques and skills rather than just making recipes, this is the book for you.

It teaches you all about the tools of the trade, techniques, ingredients and substitutions, and yes – it has some great recipes too. I’ve watched Alton Brown’s shows on the Food Network and really enjoy his style. If you’re into cooking, definately check out his book and TV show.