Mom Thyme Holiday Guide: The Gifts You Should Buy Today

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November is already in full swing and soon the gift-giving season will be upon us. It’s easy to buy for our families, but what do you give as the perfect hostess gift, teacher’s present, or to your foodie friend who owns every gadget around??? A Junior League cookbook of course! Junior League cookbooks have come a LONG way over the last six decades. Today’s Junior League cookbooks are super sophisticated entertaining guides that feature elaborate menus and elegant recipes such as Horseradish-Crusted Grouper and Beef au Poivre (goodbye canned vegetables and“cream of something” soup!). In addition to the fabulous recipes, Junior League cookbooks make FANTASTIC gifts because they’re budget friendly ($27 or less) and proceeds from cookbook sales go directly back into the local community to help fund projects for at risk women and children. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving!
Below are three of my very favorite Junior League cookbooks that are local to the Atlanta area and
would make great gifts for those on your list this holiday season:

  •  True Grits: Tall Tales and Recipes from the New South by the Junior League of Atlanta. This “MUST-HAVE” cookbook became an instant classic the moment it hit the presses and featuresrecipes from Atlanta’s top chefs and restaurants (Bacchanalia, the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, just to name a few). This show-stopping coffee table style cookbook can be bought on the Junior League of Atlanta website www.jlatlanta.org or in your local bookstore.
  • Southern on Occasion: A Companion to Inspire Gracious Living by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. This cookbook was created to “inspire gracious living” and features over 300 recipes and 30 planned seasonal menus for six seasons in the South (with pictures!). Full of entertaining stories and creative party ideas, this absolutely stunning cookbook can be purchased on the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta website www.jlcm.org or in your local bookstore.
  •  At Your Service: Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties. This cookbook is a collection of the members’ favorite recipes and “features menu ideas and wine selections for events as varied as fun courtside cuisine for a tennis match to an elegant and irresistible holiday dessert buffet”. It also tells the history of many of the towns that make up Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (Roswell, Alpharetta, Duluth, Norcross, etc). It’s the PERFECT GIFT for a new neighbor or friend who’s not so familiar with the area! You can buy this little gem of a cookbook on the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton website www.jlgnf.org or in your local bookstore.
So go ahead, finish your holiday shopping early, and purchase your Junior League cookbooks today (P.S.
don’t forget to buy a cookbook for yourself, you’ll definitely want one too!).
Let me know, what’s your favorite Junior League cookbook?


  1. Sarah Mc:Always looking for a good cookbook. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Yevonne:Thanks for sharing the Junior League cookbook love! I have True Grits and Cook Notes (Junior League of Atlanta's other cookbook) an both are fantastic. I'll have to check out the other two as well. You can never have too many cookbooks!!
  3. Lindsay:I love a good cookbook. I already have one of these and love it. I'll have to try the other two.
  4. Mary Kennon:Thanks for reading this week and for your comments! With over 200 Junior League cookbooks in print today, they're a great gift idea for that special someone on your list. And, they're fun to collect for yourself! Two of my other favorites are Tables of Content by the Junior League of Birmingham, AL, and Come On In by the Junior League of Jackson, MS.