Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen by Ethan Stowell and Leslie Miller(Ten Speed Press, $28.00, 240 pages) -- A Seattle favorite, Stowell is as much a chef as he is a living piece of Northwest culture. If you haven't been to How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies and Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile or any of his other restaurants consider your tastebuds may still be ungraduated. An homage to Italian cooking and a celebration of Stowell's own creativity and excitement for food, New Italian Kitchen is a great gift for the advanced chefs in your family or friend group.
Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich (Artisan, $20.76, 384 pages) -- Packed full of deliciously quirky recipes like salted Thai cashew cookies or gluten free cheesecake bars, this delightful cookbook reimagines and updates all your favorite sweet treats! Great for that chef you know who always seems to need a nudge in the direction of organization.