It’s well known that after graduation comes THE REAL WORLD. That includes finding a job, getting a place and, wait for it… cooking for yourself. So what better way to congratulate the graduate than with an awesome cookbook to help them hone their skills? Here are 11 cookbooks that’ll get them ready for the real world and some super delicious eats.


1. Homemakers ($23): So, we wrote a book. It’s called Homemakers. It’s the perfect guide for the digital generation with tips and tricks for just about everything domestic. Be sure to pick one up for those new graduates looking to get a little creative and innovative in the kitchen.


2. How to Cook Everything: The Basics ($25): Bittman’s cookbook is jam-packed with cooking techniques and recipes for the modern cook. Including 1,000 step-by-step photos, this guide is great for those beginner chefs.


3. The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking ($24): The cover alone has us salivating. With this cookbook, not only will they get tips on cooking, but also a guide to all things kitchen related. That includes shopping lists for their drawers and cabinets and even tips on how to keep it clean. It’s THE guide for those just starting out.


4. From Scratch (Free PDF or $26): Who said vegetables can’t be just as amazing? From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook for beginners. Recent grads will appreciate everything from the healthy meals for breakfast to the two-page how-to on sauteed veggies. Yum!


5. Joy of Cooking ($22): Joy of Cooking is basically the bible of cookbooks. Focusing on your standard American home cooking, this hefty book will help graduates create a delish meal in no time at all.


6. Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons for the Home Cook ($32): How could you go wrong with gifting this one? It’s Martha! We know your graduate is probably not looking for any more lessons, or enrolling in any classes for that matter, but this book lets them learn at their own pace. AND, they can eat the results. Trust us, after a quick lesson on pot roast they’re going to love you for it.


7. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck ($11+): Who knew that eating your veggies could make you feel like a boss? This will keep the ramen in the dorms and invite your graduate to tackle something amazing like Pumpkin Chili. Things are definitely about to get real.

The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen

8. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook: Essential Recipes for Every Home Cook ($30): With everything from super healthy recipes to fast weeknight meals, this cookbook is equipped with 375 incredible recipes. And since most recent graduates are jumping straight into the job market, they’re going to need these quick recipes.


9. Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food ($22): We have three words for you: Cinnamon. Toast. Croutons. We suggest starting your card out with those three words, and then the graduate will be itching to open your gift. This book features plenty of recipes and gorgeous photos taken by the author herself.


10. Modernist Cuisine at Home ($120): We bet you’ve never seen a sandwich look so gourmet. In this epic cookbook, Myhrvold and Bilet take standard cuisine and elevate it into something right out of a five-star restaurant. Bonus: It’s printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper so you can get messy while using it.


11. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust ($21): With amazing recipes by the Food Network Queen (aka Barefoot Contessa), this cookbook will guide any new home cook to serve a well-thought-out meal that everyone will love. Garten’s idea behind this “foolproof” book is to give the cook tons of tips for things that may go wrong in the kitchen. Any new cook will appreciate that!

Which book would you gift? AKA which one had you drooling? Comment below!