With the holidays around the corner, the Tory Daily editors have presents top of mind. For foodies, a cookbook is an obvious choice. For the travel-obsessed, a personalized passport case is sure to please. But as big trips are put on hold, our worldly friends will need to get their culture fix another way. This is where cookbooks with an international bent come into play — travel the world through its cuisine. Experience authentic Mexican home cooking with Mely Martinez’s The Mexican Home Kitchen or explore the coasts and countrysides of Italy through Mimi Thorisson’s Old World Italian. And because Italy is Italy, another incredible cookbook is A Blissful Feast, which features authentic Italian recipes, including an eighty-year-old local woman’s guide to hand-rolling pasta with a three-foot rolling pin (of course). The popular noodle shop Xi’an Famous Foods transports readers from New York City’s Chinatown to the streets of Xi’an, China while Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim invites cooks to learn the tastes and techniques of traditional Korean food. Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen teamed up to write In Bibi’s Kitchen, a compilation of recipes and stories from eight African nations — South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea — coupled with incredible photography. And lest we forget the land of wine and cheese… Melissa Clark’s Dinner in French brings French cooking into the 21st century with mouthwatering recipes like Scalloped Potato Gratin and Apricot Tarte Tatin. Seven cookbooks to taste and explore different cultures and cuisines from around the world. Happy Holidays!

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