Compiling a list of the best Jewish cookbooks of any given year can be a difficult task. While some books wear their Judaism right on their spines — by having the word “Jewish” in the title, for example, or by being specifically about Jewish food — others are less obvious. Having a Jewish author doesn’t necessarily guarantee entry into the category, as when the food isn’t specifically Jewish, but sometimes we do include such books because there’s what we consider a Jewish sensibility, or because the author is a star in the wider culinary world and we’re shepping nachas (Yiddish for taking pride). So here, in order of publication date, is a list of our favorite Jewish and Jew-ish cookbooks of 2017. There’s undoubtedly something for every cookbook lover on your Hanukkah gift list.