Synopses & Reviews
Gifts of food can be very special indeed - homemade, beautifully packaged, and delicious. Gourmet Gifts, by cooking school teacher and food editor Dinah Corley, brings together the culinary and the creative with 100 recipes for homemade gift packs and baskets filled with gourmet foodstuffs - jams, nuts, patand#233;s, and other items covering a wide range of flavors - which cater to a rising trend in homemade gifting. The recipes range from simple to sophisticated and include information on key topics such as presentation, level of difficulty, prep time, and suitability for storing and/or shipping. Chapters include Small Tokens, Big Batches, Penny Wise (for budget gifts), Pound Foolish (when money is no object), Feel Better, and Going the Distance. Over 40 beautiful color photos help readers envision the final gift. Perfect for holidays, birthdays, or anytime, the book includes a broad mix of gifting items for all budgets.
"One of five must-have cookbooks for the modern chef." -- SheKnows.com and#160; From Library Journal:
and#160; Noted food editor and cooking school instructor Corley displays her talents in this collection of fabulous recipes. First, she provides detailed hints on finding the right gift containers, whether repurposed from flea markets or picked up at hardware stores or gardening shops. Creative chapters like "Small Tokens" showcase casual yet useful luxuriesand#8212;e.g., Avocado Butter frozen in the shell and Dark Chocolate Pand#226;tand#233;. "Big Batches" helps the cook make gifts in quantity, such as Toffee Lady Apples with Pink Sea Salt, and "Pennywise" covers little gifts created for under $15, including genoise cakes baked in whole eggshells or chic French Milk Jam. The photos are gorgeous, and the packaging ideas are creative and classy. Highly recommended for experienced bakers and DIYers who want to impress. and#160; From The Kitchn:
and#160; This little book has about 100 recipes and projects for gift-giving, and I was so relieved to see fresh, interesting ideas and#8212; a welcome departure from the same old cookie-mix-in-a-jar routine. Her ideas range from amaretti cookies in clean paint containers with a paint chip tag to black bean salsa with chips in a container decorated with corn husks. There are gifts meant to be eaten right away, and others that can go in the pantry. There's a great mix of simple ideas and more elaborate ones, but all feel accessible.
100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style - in full color
Heres the perfect solution for everyone who strives to give the perfect gift! This stylish and user-friendly guide offers baskets for every occasion and at every price level, and is filled with gorgeous four-color photographs for inspiration. The book is also chock full of helpful tips and suggestions for how to choose the proper basket or other creative container, how to select properly sized items and assemble them in the basket, and how to wrap and decorate the basket. This revised and expanded edition now features more than 30 food baskets such as Chocoholics Basket, Weekend Breakfast Basket, and Wok on the Wild Side Basket, and 60 themed baskets such as Babys Here Basket, Off to College Basket, and Sports Fan Basket —a gift basket idea for nearly every occasion and holiday. Suggestions for creating most baskets cover several budget levels of $25, $50, and $100 or more. Other ideas range from a backpack filled with goodies for an off-to-college student to a cooler filled with tailgating supplies for an ardent football fan to a selection of homemade baked goods and cookie mixes for your favorite dessert lover. The food-themed baskets also offer recipes using the homemade mixes that can be copied and included as part of the gift. Everyone appreciates a gift created just for them, and gift baskets are a fantastic way to present a personalized gift to that special someone or turn a token gift into something treasured. The Perfect Basket gives experts and novices alike everything they need to create spectacular gift baskets for everyone on their list.