Christmas Gift Ideas: Books for Foodies

• Dec 11, 2012 •

‘Tis the season to be jolly well-fed – and treating the foodie in your life to one of these gorgeous gastronomic titles will guarantee a never-ending banquet of utterly scrumptious dishes (although you may find yourself stuck with a lot of washing up…)

If you’re already dreading endless turkey leftovers, why not give the family chef the gift of inspiration, in the form of Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II? Starting with his hearty soup and homemade bread for New Year’s Day, before returning full circle to a Christmas feast of roast goose and home-cured salmon, the sumptuous Diaries will give you something delectable to look forward to every day of the year.

For the sugar-plum fairy in your life, the absolute must-have is Short and Sweet – a bible of baking from the award-winning Dan Lepard . Does an endless supply of cakes, cookies and pastries sound good to you? Then give the one you love something Short and Sweet this Christmas.

Forget all the pretenders to the Italian food crown – Giorgio Locatelli is the real deal; made in Italy and the absolute authority on his native cuisine. For him, eating Italian isn’t just a panettone for Christmas, it’s a way of life. Made in Italy and Made in Sicily are packed full of great recipes and Giorgio’s characteristic enthusiasm. The perfect gifts for your resident gourmet, they can cook along with Giorgio in the new year when he’s back on the box.

This is definitely one for your sensible friend; after all the festive over-indulgence she can turn over a new leaf in 2013 with What to Eat. With so many conflicting reports about what foods are really good for us, Joanna Blythman provides an easy-to-read guide that has the answers to all our everyday cookery dilemmas.

Hungry? The Innocent Recipe Book is chock full of good and tasty grub that will delight your little cherubs. With easy recipes that they can have a go at too, the Innocent Recipe Book is really a gift for the whole family and the perfect antidote to holiday boredom.

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