Don’t panic — yet — if you haven’t decided on gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list. If one (or more) of those names on that list belongs to an enthusiastic home cook or someone who likes to read cookbooks, you’re in luck. A wide variety of outstanding cookbooks and coffee table books featuring recipes are available this holiday season. Some are pricey, but others are less than $20.

“Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook”

by the editors of Saveur

Weldon Owen, $40

634-page hardcover

(Four out of four stars)

Among my favorites is “Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook” by the editors of Saveur to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the food magazine. The collection features more than 1,000 of the magazine’s most iconic recipes for the home cook, along with helpful advice, tips and stories behind the dishes.

The book’s recipes include “classic” recipes from around the world, all written in a clear, concise style. Its 15 chapters of recipes are organized by course and food type, including an extensive chapter on vegetables from artichokes to zucchini.

There also are sidebars illustrated with line drawings to provide instructions for techniques like how to make a tortilla or shape pan de sal, a sweet Filipino-style bread. The only fault I have with the book is that its 48 pages of full-color photographs of completed dishes are lumped together in two sections of 24-pages each instead of the photographs being paired next to the recipes they illustrate.

Readers will like that the book has two attached ribbons for marking favorite recipes.

“Christmas All Through the South: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions” by the editors of Southern Living

Oxmoor House, $40

400-page hardcover

(Four out of four stars)

No one can say Southern Living’s gorgeous coffee table book “Christmas All Through the South” fails to provide enough photographs. It is chock-a-block with stunning full-color photographs that capture the beauty and warmth of the countryside, celebrations, homes and food of the South during the holiday season.

The book opens with a foreword by Rick Bragg followed by an introduction by Kim Cross

Menu ideas and recipes for festive occasions from a holiday supper by the sea to a lucky oyster roast to kick off the new year are woven throughout the 400-page book, but the recipes for those menus are found on 58 pages at the back of the book.

Among the book’s 400 photographs are those showcasing Louisiana’s holiday celebrations from the bonfires along the Mississippi River levee in St. James Parish and Réveillon diners at Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans to the light display at Noël Acadian au Village in Lafayette.

“Anne Byrn Saves the Day! Cookbook” by Anne Byrn

Workman Publishing, $18.95

360-page paperback

(Three out of four stars)

If you liked “The Cake Mix Doctor” series by author Anne Byrn, you’ll like her latest book, “Anne Byrn Saves the Day! Cookbook.” While it does include a few cake recipes, this book features what it calls “125 guaranteed-to-please, go-to recipes to rescue any occasion” from Texas Cottage Cheese Dip and Lifesaver Lasagna to Brandy Alexanders (Easiest Dessert in the World).

Byrn says her book’s recipe are those all-purpose ones swapped among friends or committed to memory that are easy to prepare. She offers strategies for helping you cook faster and better and building a well-stocked pantry. She also includes a list of recipes that best solve each dilemma to save the day, from normal dinner-time rut to company’s coming, from needing a gift to food that can be frozen and pulled out for later use.

The paperback’s cheerful design includes plenty of full-color photos.

“New Orleans Homes at Christmas” by Bonnie Warren

Pelican Publish Co., $29.95

192-page hardcover

(Three out of four stars)

If you’ve ever wanted to peek inside some of the beautifully decorated homes of New Orleans area notables, now is your chance.

New Orleans freelance writer Bonnie Warren and photographer Cheryl Gerber have produced a lovely holiday book that highlights “New Orleans Homes at Christmas” — their decorations, history and festivities. Private homes and public historic houses in neighborhoods such as the Garden District, English Turn, Metairie Club Gardens, Bayou St. John and Uptown are featured.

Recipes from some of the homeowners and from some New Orleans restaurateurs are included, too. And, Peggy Scott Laborde, senior producer for WYES-TV, the New Orleans PBS station, wrote the foreword.

“Party Popcorn: 75 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Snack” by Ashton Epps Swank

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99

128-page paperback (also available as an e-book)

(Two out of four stars)

Popcorn seems all the rage now. A popcorn fan on your holiday gift list might like “Party Popcorn: 75 Creative Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Snack” by Something Swanky blogger Ashton Epps Swank.

Swank offers both sweet and savory recipes for her favorite snack, plus ideas for edible gifts and popcorn fun for kids. She also provides basic measurement and popping method guidelines. Most of her little book’s recipes are illustrated with full-color photographs.

“Best of the Best from Louisiana III: Selected Recipes from Louisiana’s Favorite Cookbooks” edited by Gwen McKee and Barbara Mosely

Quail Ridge Press, $18.95

272-page comb-bound paperback

(Two out of four stars)

Finally, for the fan of Louisiana community cookbooks, you can’t go wrong with “Best of the Best from Louisiana Cookbook III” edited by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley.

The spiral-bound paperback includes recipes from many of Louisiana’s favorite cookbooks, including that of The Advocate’s food columnist Corinne Cook, “Extra! Extra! Read MORE About It!” Also among the featured cookbooks are those published by the Junior Leagues of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Alexandria, greater Covington and Shreveport-Bossier.

The book is illustrated with full-color photographs and tidbits about Louisiana’s places and history.

Cookbook signings

Bonnie Warren will be autograhing copies of her book, “New Orleans Homes at Christmas,” at the Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. She also will be selling her book at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, during the Preservation Resource Center Tour of Homes at noon Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Ann Benoit, author of “New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants,” and Suzanne Pfefferle, author of “Vietnamese Cuisine in New Orleans,” will be signing books at Pop City, 3118 Magazine St., New Orleans, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kid Chef Eliana will be signing copies of her books, “Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit” and “Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana,” at NOLA Kids, 333 Chartes St., New Orleans, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cheramie Sonnier is The Advocate’s food editor. Her email address is