The Gift: Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

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What it is: The Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook from Food Network breakouts The Fabulous Beekman Boys (aka Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge). It celebrates all things organic, slow, and old-fashioned vegetable-based.

Who it’s perfect for:

The Foodie in Your Life: On one side of the cooking-trend spectrum there’s the high-tech molecular gastronomy stuff. But on the other side, there’s the back-to-basics craze that any true food lover knows is all the rage. No one goes simpler than the Beekman Boys with this embrace of heirloom vegetables.

The College Kid: Hoping that freshman (or sophomore, or senior) year won’t just mean night after night of ramen noodles and Kraft dinner for your college kid? You can nudge them toward healthier (and hipper) options with this book that makes vegetables seem accessible, easy, and cool.

Your Celebrity Chef Fanatic Relative: You know the out-of-town relative who always asks if you’ve ever met Duff and the gang? Or if you’ve been to that Cupcake Wars-winning cupcakery in town? Get a head start on holiday gift shopping by nabbing a copy at the Book Festival and getting it signed by the authors.

The Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook is available at the Baltimore Book Festival and at your local bookstore.

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