As someone who is on a mission to become a better home cook, a cookbook is the perfect present (hint!) for me. I also love giving cookbooks as gifts because you can really find a great fit for anyone on your list!
For me, I really like cookbooks with lots of photos (Ina Garten does a great job with this) and recipes that are easy to read and create at home. I also tend to pick books that I know will also look great on my countertop (how great is the hot pink Mexico cookbook?), because I like to display my favorites.
On my wish list: