What makes a great healthy cookbook? As food editor for Delicious Living, I look for cookbooks with recipes that align with the same criteria we use for our food stories: delicious, real, natural foods that are creatively combined and eaten with joy and moderation. An author's voice matters, too: I enjoy health food writers who tell their story with a friendly, you-can-do-it style that’s not preachy or didactic. Then there’s the beauty factor: I'm drawn to fresh, beautiful food photography that further inspires me to eat and live consciously. Here are 12 of the best natural, healthy cookbooks to appear on my desk this year. Any would make a wonderful gift for the foodie on your list.