As you know, I am
a. a mom
b. a food snob
c. a glutton
So, it should come as no surprise that I love food-cookbook-gadget themed gifts. Cookbooks are generally not too expensive and when paired with fancy ingredients, gadgets, or pretty serving ware, you can pull off a really nice gift for under $25.
I have benefited tremendously from all of these books, many of which were gifts.
Here are some of my favorites:
Pair a crockpot with this cookbook and you have a great combination. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook explains how to cook almost anything in your crockpot. It also offers the very helpful hint that size does matter.
After reading this, my very generous mother purchased me small and medium crockpots to round out my collection. I’m now equipped for all sorts of recipes, from Breakfast Oatmeal that cooks overnight to Minestrone Soup to Hot Fudge Pudding Cake.
Oftentimes, they haven’t even been taken out of the box. That is because most people don’t know how to get the most out of their machines. This book tells you how to do just that.
My own copy of The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook is falling apart from overuse. It is worth its weight in gold. It explains the science of bread as well as the fundamental workings of a bread machine. I can’t imagine using a bread machine without this cookbook. We regularly enjoy focaccia, cinnamon rolls, hamburger buns, and whole grain breads as a result of this spectacular book.
If you’re not up for gifting a bread machine and this cookbook, you could pair it with some specialty flours, a bread knife, or a metal dough scraper.
I received this book as a wedding shower gift some fifteen years ago. A friend included a large soup ladle in the package. I absolutely love it because it explains how to build a soup from scratch as well as includes 100s of soup and bread recipes. A Feast of Soups is an excellent resource for families wanting to institute soup night, a very frugal option on the meal planning scene.
Consider including a ladle, a set of soup bowls, or a bag of homemade croutons for topping a piping hot creation.
I love Martha’s stuff. Wow! Wish my house looked like hers. Her recipe books are fantastic. This one, aptly titled, Pies and Tarts, includes great pie recipes, including a very simple crumb topped apple pie much like my Gramma’s. Her pie crust tutorials are super helpful.
Pair this book with a pretty pie plate, a pie server, or a pie carrier. Ooh! Pie carrier – I’ve always wanted one of those.
Lastly, the muffin book that boasts the fantastic, make-you-famous-with-your-inlaws, Streusel-Topped Raspberry Muffins. Again, we received this as a wedding gift that came with a great muffin tin. My copy is terribly stained as all good cookbooks should be – proof that you use them!
You could include muffin papers, a muffin tin or a bread basket with a pretty cloth.
Got another great cookbook & gadget combo? Please share it in the comments!