Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving

Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving

Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving

Food Gifts Cooks Love is a year-round collection of gifts from the heart—a treasure trove of homemade foods ready to pack into tins, jars, boxes, and cellophane bags tied with a ribbon.

From Orange Cardamom Marmalade and Salmon Gravlax to Rustic Rosemary Parmesan Crackers and Blueberry-Blackberry-Basil Margarita Puree, the recipes in Gifts Cooks Love will help you create the perfect gift for any occasion. Because making a handmade gift takes time–one of life’s most precious commodities–Gifts Cooks Love emphasizes that giving a handmade offering expresses something very personal.

In this beautifully presented book, Sur La Table and Diane Morgan offer something for every level of cook, providing accessible recipes delivered with helpful kitchen tips and ingredient notes, as well as guidance for artfully wrapping and presenting these edible gifts. Gorgeous full-color photographs encourage and motivate creativity, while the 40 recipes inside Gifts Cooks Love are certain to please all palates any time of year, from the sweet and simple to the gourmet. Some of the techniques include preserving fruits, dehydrating fresh mushrooms, smoking and curing meat and fish, and creating spirited beverages. For the beginning cook, there are even simple-to-make no-cook food gifts. And because tasteful treats deserve equally tasteful presentations, each delicious recipe comes with a beautiful packaging idea. Gifts Cooks Love will show you how to turn your handmade gifts into homemade hugs with a few slices of art paper, colorful twists of ribbon, or quick strokes of a brush.

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  2. scoutyspice says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Great ideas to build on…, September 1, 2011
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    Most of the recipes and ideas are unique or favorites with a twist and therefore gift worthy. I was inspired to make my own lemon vodka and bring it to a friend who loves lemon-drop martinis. It was a real hit. This recipe is not in the book, but I probably wouldn’t have thought of it if I hadn’t seen the Limoncello recipe (pp. 135-6). I never thought how to present what I made–this book gives many ideas how to make it look like a gift without too much bother. If you don’t enjoy cooking or are a beginner, this book might seem too fussy or pretentious.

    My only criticism is that the book could have provided source information for the various containers they used in their creations. It is not hard to find canning jars, but some of the smaller glass bottles with the swing tops are difficult to find.

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  3. BookEater says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Truly a gift of food, January 8, 2011
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    This review is from: Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving (Hardcover)

    I now have made several of the recipes and used the ideas for packaging. They made great holiday gifts. I like several of the recipes just for home use also, like the cardamom marmalade and the onion base for french onion soup. Delicious. I highly recommend the book. It also has beautiful pictures, which is a must in a cook book!

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  4. Books and Chocolate says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    This Book Inspired Me, February 7, 2011
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    This review is from: Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving (Hardcover)

    Gifts Cooks Love is the kind of cookbook I enjoy looking at over and over. The photos are beautiful and besides interesting recipes, there are great ideas for packaging and presenting the food gifts which gave me several “oh, look at that!” moments as I read through this book.

    I have not tried any of the recipes yet but found several to bookmark with the intent to do so soon. These are not ordinary home canned type recipes and some have ingredients that may not be in the local grocery store. However, this is a book of food gift ideas with people who love to cook in mind, so something out of the ordinary or that itself becomes an ingredient for a creative cook is what would be appreciated.

    The author includes a suggested list of tools and equipment, most of which are things that many cooks would already have. (I personally have never owned a food processor and have yet to find a recipe I couldn’t make without one.) There is a chapter devoted to decorative packaging and another of tips and techniques for preserving and dehydrating.

    The book is organized by types of food: sweet preserved, savory preserved; smoked, cured and dried, baked, confection and chocolate, drinks, no-cook gifts, and make-a-gift kits. Recipes include Moroccan Spice Blend that can be sprinkled on food or used as a rub for meats, a S’Mores Kit that includes homemade marshmallows and graham crackers, Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers, Chipolte Chile Candied Pecans, Rhubarb Compote, Meyer Lemon Curd, and Apricot-Bourbon Mustard, plus others for mustards, dried vegetables and fruit, biscottis, jams, jellies, chutneys, and pastas.

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