There is nothing more pleasant to review than a hardback book with plenty of inspiring content and beautiful photographs. Gifts Cooks Love is such a book to me. I'm so pleased to review it for Sur La Table, the publisher, and Diane Morgan, the author.
Gifts Cooks Love is a beautifully photographed book full of homemade gifts that cooks of all levels can make in their kitchen. Our 13yo daughter, who loves being in the kitchen even more than I do, is inspired by some of the recipes, and the book also appeals to me, her mama with a lot more experience. In other words, cooks of all levels can enjoy this book.
For those of us who are on the lower level of expertise, Gifts Cooks Love is a wonderful help, since it includes pantry collecting and gift decorating suggestions. Each recipe is accompanied by a full-colour, full page photograph and easy-to-understand instructions.
The recipes include:
Quick projects, such as no-cook recipes. For example, how does Home-Churned Lemon-Herb Butter or Seven-Month Vanilla Extract sound? Oh, my.
Gifts that take a bit more time, like: Boysenberry and Lemon Verbena Jam or Meyer Lemon Curd. I'm a bit lemon-biased as I write this review; our Meyer lemon trees are ready for harvesting each winter, so lemons are on my mind. Other non-lemony recipes are in the book, of course, like Smoky Tomato Ketchup.
And of course the book includes baked gifts. Our 13yo is our family baker, and does the job well beyond her years, so she is interested in this section of the book, where she has already decided she's starting with the Double Fudge Brownie Pops.
Would I Buy It? Goodness, yes. It retails for $25.00 (hardcover), which gives me a bit of pause, as I'm a terribly frugal girl, but at the Amazon price of $16.50 I'd nab a copy for me and a copy for a cooking friend (and then I'd hope that she'd cook a gift from the book for me!).