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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.

Honorable Mentions:

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

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