My Favourite Cookbooks of 2013 (Giveaway) (Family Bites)


  • Welcome! I'm Jan, a Canadian food writer & party planner with a specialty in celebrations for kids. I'm the Food Editor for SavvyMom Media & a contributor to several other family-focused publications. I live in Toronto with my husband and our two tween sons.

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My favorite cookbook is Keepers. I think every recipe looks great! The ones I have made have been a big hit with my family!


Great list Jan :) My fave book of the year has to be Save with Jamie, simply for its "do-ability" factor. Others are definitely up there too.... So hard to choose just one!


The scratch and sniff book looks pretty nifty! I definitely need to take a look at the little Paris kitchen! However my favourite recipe so far is Pierre Herme's Macarons! Such pretty pics and awesome recipes for everything macaron related!


My favourite cookbook this year has to be Ina Garten"s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. The name says it all - delicious simple recipes and menus that use ingredients found in any grocery store.


I liked the Smitten Kitchen cookbook


It been a year of cooking from favourite websites and blogs. My favourite book this year was a novel "Me before you"


The Alice in wonderland one looks amazing


My favourite cookbook of the year is a tie (sorry!). I really like Save with Jamie -- the basic premise is smart and useful ... that's one. The other cookbook I find myself returning to is Michael Smith's Back to Basics: approachable and friendly.
Happy Holidays!
PS -- a scratch 'n sniff wine book? Brilliant.

Rachel Di Fonzo

I love From an Ontario Table.It's a lovely book about the counties of Ontario with accompanying recipes.


Mark Bitman- How to Cook Everything


i don't have a favorite this year but i've been flipping through "the pioneer woman cooks" most recently.


I have not actually bought a cookbook this year, but I love the Dinner A Love Story cookbook from 2012. It is great for getting a fast and tasty dinner on the table!


Thanks for compiling such a great list. I've just added Alice Eats to my wish list. My favourite new cookbook this year is "How to Feed a Family". I also loved "Keepers".


I love any cookbook that's from Moosewood..(mollie katzen)

leah leitch

Smitten Kitchen was very inspiring! I think the scratch and sniff book would be an awesome gift for someone and fun too!


Amy @ Family Feedbag

I'm a huge fan of Chef Michael Smith's approach to family cooking, so I'm going to say my fave is his Back to Basics. Oooh, I wanna win!

Jan Scott

Me Before You broke my heart - but I also absolutely loved it. 

Janet R

"The Little Paris Kitchen" looks SO exciting, like a vacation from right inside your kitchen!


I really like the Save with Jamie and Spilling the Beans cookbooks.

Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

Ohhh, I want the Little Paris Kitchen Book!

Best of 2013 - tough. But I've been very inspired by the voice and lifestyle of Whole Larder Love.


This year I have really enjoyed the classic recipes in Michael Smith's Back to Basics.


I loved My Berlin Kitchen!

Jen Leo

A number of recipes from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook have found their way into our home this year


Hard to pick a favorite, but I think that Salad for Dinner has been a go to book. Also at this time of year my copy of The Canadian Living Christmas Book is put to use.

barbara n

My favorite cookbook is my moms hand me down Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook from the 1950's

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