Still hunting high and low for that perfect gift? Try a cookbook tailor-made to your special someone's personality type, proclivities, and lifestyle. The minutes may be ticking away till Christmas morning, but many of these inspiring reads can be found at a local bookshop and can also be delivered to the recipient's door via Amazon, provided you shell out for its reasonably priced one-day shipping by 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 21).
For the Kitchen Newbie
Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes For Great Food 
($35) is full of basic but not boring recipes explained in terms appropriate for those new to the kitchen who aren't yet confident in their cookery skills.
Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference For Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook 
($35) by Aida Mollenkamp
Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes For the Home Cook 
($45) by Martha Stewart 
For the Baker Extraordinaire
David Lebovitz is our go-to man for foolproof pastry advice and recipes, so, naturally, his recently rereleased compendium of his favorite recipes, Ready For Dessert: My Best Recipes 
($35), is our must-have pick for the baker in your life.
Baking Illustrated 
($35) by Cook's Illustrated Magazine Editors
The Art and Soul of Baking 
($40) by Sur la Table  and Cindy Mushet
For the Grill Master
If the grill is his domain, then give him a copy of Charred & Scruffed 
($25) by Adam Perry Lang. His well-tested recipes might not be conventional, but they're sure to please.
Wicked Good Barbecue: Fearless Recipes From Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competition in the World 
($22) by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, and Andrea Pyenson
Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Lip-Smacking Barbecue 
($23) by Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe
For the Vegetarian
Whether she's a stalwart vegan or just looking to consume more whole grains and vegetables, Deborah Madison's comprehensive Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone 
($40) is certain to inspire.
Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution With 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes 
($25) by Michael Natkin
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen 
($23) by Heidi Swanson
For the Traditionalist
Give her a taste of the South with Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Southern Cooking 
($30) by the editors of Southern Living magazine, a beautifully photographed primer on all things Southern food, including an extensive (and photo-illustrated) guide to ingredients, equipment, and prep methods.
Silver Palate Cookbook 25th Anniversary Edition 
($20) by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
Martha's American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation's Most Treasured Dishes, From Coast to Coast 
($40) by Martha Stewart 
For the Armchair Traveler
Jerusalem: A Cookbook 
($35) from veteran cookbook authors Yottam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (their other works Plenty 
and Ottolenghi 
are also must reads) will leave your friend jonesing for a trip to Jerusalem. In the meantime, she'll have ample ideas for how to re-create enticing Israeli and Palestinian fare at home.
Vij's: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine 
($30) by Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij
Japanese Farm Food 
($35) by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
For the Harried Parents
The Healthy College Cookbook 
($15) by Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, Emeline Starr, and Rachel Holcomb might not seem the most obvious choice for busy parents, but its low-fuss recipes are sure to get the all-important clean-plate stamp of approval without necessitating precious hours spent stove-side.
Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table 
($30) by Jenny Rosenstrach
Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes 
($28) by Catherine McCord
For the Cocktail Fiend
If the amateur mixologist in your life doesn't already own a dog-eared copy of Jim Meehan's The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide From the Celebrated Speakeasy 
($25), then it's sure to blow her mind. Both a compendium of classic and contemporary cocktail recipes from the storied speakeasy, as well as a look at cocktail history and a primer on tools and tips of the trade, it's a one-stop tipple fix.
The Savoy Cocktail Book 
($20) by Harry Craddock
The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, With 500 Recipes 
($35) by Dale Degroff
For the DIYer
Help your pal make the most of her farmers market haul with Yvette Van Boven's Home Made 
($40), a tome full of from-scratch recipes for the expected (pickles, bread, jams) and beyond (cheese, smoked meats, etc).
The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook 
($40) by Rachel Saunders
The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking With Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux 
($30) by Paul Virant and Kate Leahy
For the "Set It and Forget It" Type
If low-and-slow is her mantra, then she's bound to bookmark nearly every page in America's Test Kitchen's Slow Cooker Revolution 
($27), which turns conventional slow-cooker wisdom on its head with smart techniques and surprising recipes like slow-cooker lasagna.
All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking 
($35) by Molly Stevens
Art of the Slow Cooker: 80 Exciting New Recipes 
($25) by Andrew Schloss
For the Avid Blog Reader
If she's an avid blog follower with an RSS feed full of recipe-laden websites, then she's surely already fans of Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen and would be thrilled to receive a copy of her exceptional debut cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 
Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes 
($20) by Joy Wilson
La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life 
($35) by Beatrice Peltre