Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better / Sara Moulton, 367 p.
I've never watched Sara Moulton's show, but I liked the looks of this cookbook and have enjoyed referring to it. This is a comprehensive and straightforward look at mostly familiar foods, with attractive photos and clear instructions. Moulton incorporates many recipes of guests on her show, in addition to her own. So far I've had great success with Italian meatballs and several salad recipes. This would make a nice holiday gift.