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Tasty Chicago Cookbooks for Your Gift List

Local chefs and authors will prepare you for a sweet, savory, or boozy holiday season.

'Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice' by Malika Ameen, '¡Cuba!' by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy, 'The Adventures of Fat Rice' by Abraham Conlon, Adrienne Lo, and Hugh Amano, 'My Halal Kitchen' by Yvonne Maffei, and 'Cocktails for Ding Dongs' by Dustin Drankiewicz and Alexandra Ensign
Photo: Martha Williams

1. Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen
From pink-peppercorn-spiked lemon bars to peanut brittle packing a smoked-paprika punch, this seasoned pastry chef’s recipes will make sweet-toothed bakers view their spice racks in a whole new light. Roost Books, $30

2. ¡Cuba! by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy
Just cracking open this book, filled with tantalizing recipes (ribs with guava barbecue sauce, anyone?) and vivid photography, sends a beam of sunlight into your kitchen on a dreary winter’s day. Ten Speed Press, $30

3. The Adventures of Fat Rice by Abraham Conlon, Adrienne Lo, and Hugh Amano
Restaurant, bakery, bar, and now quirky-cool comic book/cookbook. Fat Rice fans, rejoice: You’ll score the recipe for the restaurant’s top dish, arroz gordo. Ten Speed Press, $35

4. My Halal Kitchen by Yvonne Maffei
Maffei shatters the notion that a halal diet means shunning dishes like pepperoni pizza. Her adapted recipes span the globe, with one section dedicated to halalified American comfort food. Agate Surrey, $30

5. Cocktails for Ding Dongs by Dustin Drankiewicz and Alexandra Ensign
Part hand-drawn comic strip, part craft boozer’s manual, this collection of cocktail recipes by mixologist Dustin Drankiewicz makes a fitting gift for an old fraternity brother. Curbside Splendor, $25

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