You know I’m a nerd and love my books, especially cookbooks! Well, I’ve found a fellow nerd and cookbook author, J. Kenji-Lopez-Alt. This massive and informative cookbook called, The Food Lab was written by this MIT grad. This professional cook-cum-Serious Eats chief creative officer spent years’ systematically testing ways to make food tastier. The 300 recipes prove his experiments to be successful. From the secrets to perfect steak (hint: flip frequently) to no-fuss risotto, the book is a catalyst for great cooking. It costs $50 and is 938 pages. It sure does make a wonderful house warming gift.