The best books for food and drink lovers this Christmas

The 25 best books for food and drink lovers in Christmas 2023: from thrilling new recipe books from rising-star chefs and global bartenders, to guides to wine from leading experts in the field

Words by Club Oenologique Editors

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It’s a wonderful time for food and drink book releases, as many of the best books are typically slated for release just before the Christmas gifting period. A legacy of the pandemic is an increase in the number of home bartenders and that means there are plenty of new books on cocktails and the ingredients that go into them. Naturally, the festive season is heavily associated with food and wine, so a book on either subject always seems to fit the mood as a present – as ever, there are lots to choose from.

With these factors in mind, we assembled a crack team to read and review the best food and drink books for Christmas gifting. There are cookbooks written by rising-star chefs and established names alike, cocktail-making guides by influential names in the bartending game, plus more mediative tomes on the intricacies of famous wine styles and regions. Read on for our selection of food books, wine books and cocktail books below.

25 best food and drink books for Christmas 2023

The best books for wine lovers

The latest and greatest wine book releases: from a history of wine fraud to a collection of essays dedicated to Burgundy

The best books for food lovers

From vibrant recipe collections and single-subject books delving into specific ingredients, to an examination of ultra-processed foods and how they affect our health

The best books for spirits and cocktail lovers

Following the boom in home bartending during the pandemic, this year sees another impressive batch of spirits and cocktail books released in time for Christmas