Immerse yourself in French cuisine.

Mimi Thorisson’s acclaimed blog, Manger, gives us serious life envy. Her effortlessly perfect photography shows picnics in the French countryside with her children, family meals around tables laden with intricate tarts and cassoulets and plenty of good wine. Sure, this cookbook (with a signed bookplate) gives us a peek into a life that feels far from our messy day-to-day, but if you’re going to buy one aspirational cookbook this year, it’s Mimi’s -- because you’ll actually take on many of her recipes, and absorb a bit of her style of entertaining in the process.