At the risk of being self-serving, I’d love to mention a couple of books that are not on all the books-for-Christmas lists:
A Hastiness of Cooks: A Practical Handbook for Use in Deciphering the Mysteries of Historic Recipes and Cookbooks
“A remarkable volume littered with insight and a wealth of resources. Writing with warmth and wisdom, Bertelsen proves herself to be an excellent instructor.” ~ Publishers Weekly
And then there’s an historical novel about women healers in 17th-century England, when accusations of witchcraft ran rampant, thanks to men like King James I and his book, Daemonologie.