The Best Cookbooks for Summer Hostess Gifts
Sure, a pretty bunch of flowers or a nice bottle of wine are always welcome hostess gifts, but a cookbook is a more lasting way to say thank you—think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. And when the book is chosen especially for the hostess, she’ll be especially flattered. Just in time for all those summer parties and get-togethers, we’ve rounded up five new releases that will make wonderful gifts for all sorts of hosts. Whether she (or he) is really into wine, is a baking expert, loves whipping up fancy cocktails, sets an Instagram-worthy table, or is always in search of a great new recipe, these cookbooks are sure to delight the host and inspire future gatherings. Want even more cookbook ideas? Click here for cookbook recommendations from Southern Living food editors—we’ve included picks for baking, grilling, cast iron cooking, barbecue, entertaining, and more.
If she’s the best baker you know (don’t tell Mama)
Buy It: Sugar Butter Flour: The Waitress Pie Book, $17; amazon.com
Other than Thanksgiving, summer is prime time for pie making. And there’s no sweeter tribute to the art and craft of this dessert than Sugar, Butter, Flour, the new cookbook inspired by the movie-turned-Broadway show Waitress. The recipes, which come from Jenna Hunterson, an incredible baker and the inspiration for the film, are true showstoppers.
If there’s always a bottle of rosé in her fridge
Buy It: Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine, $17; amazon.com
There are many reasons why rosé is so popular in the summertime—it’s crisp, refreshing, and you can’t beat the gorgeous pink color. For serious rosé aficionados, there is Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine. Wine expert Katherine Cole offers a bit of history on the wine, as well as a guide to the wine by region, tasting notes, profiles of notable producers, and how to pair the wine with food.
If she loves to set a pretty table
Buy It: Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style, $24; amazon.com
For some hosts, like Courtney Whitmore, the entertaining expert behind Pizzazzerie.com, the atmosphere at a party is just important as the food. Her new book, Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style: Tablescapes & Recipes for the Modern Hostess includes clever and beautiful DIY ideas for all sorts of celebrations, including holidays, birthdays, and everyday gatherings.
If she’s always up for a cocktail
Buy It: Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks, $17; amazon.com
This book of beachy cocktails is pretty enough to earn a spot on anyone’s coffee table, but we think it’s going to get plenty of use behind the bar. The latest book by our friends at Coastal Living includes recipes for all sorts of tropical favorites like Hawaiian Mai Tais, Cuban Daiquiris, and Key West Rum Runners.
If she’d rather be at the beach
Buy It: The Beach House Cookbook, $19; amazon.com
Mary Kay Andrews is known for writing bestselling beach reads, but she has a talent for cooking as well. In her new cookbook, she shares “easy, breezy recipes with a Southern accent,” like buttermilk-brined fried chicken, lemon-cream cheese pound cake, and roast oysters. The book is organized by themed menus, which will come in handy for any hostess—whether she has a beach house or not.