Book It! 5 Great Foodie Gifts

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:

1. Slowcookers are all the rage these days — and are very affordable gifts.

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.

2. Believe it or not, you can find breadmakers for a steal at your local thrift store.

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.

3. Soup is good food!

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.

4. Bake someone happy.

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.

5. Equip the Muffin Mom.

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!

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  1. I have the Slow Cooking book and I love it. It has a lot of great ideas in it. I also have many of Martha’s cookbooks and love them. The others you listed I have not heard of. I will have to see if my library has them. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. LOVE getting your recommendations. I asked for the Bread Machine book for my b-day when you had posted about it before and it IS totally thorough and handy. (We tried those cinnamon rolls–soooooooooo good!) 🙂

  3. I have two “cookbook companion” books that I use regularly that you could pair with one of your books. (Who doesn’t love getting more books!)

    The first is called “Cook It Right! by Barbara Nowak” and is a substitutions and equivalents book. If a recipe calls for fresh basil, for example, and I only have dried basil, this will tell me how much to use instead. Or if I’m out of tomato paste, how to make it myself at home. Very handy!

    The other book I have (definitely a favorite) is called “Keeping Food Fresh” by Janet Bailey. This book gives a description of every food, tells you how to shop for food, what it should (and shouldn’t) look like, how to store it and how long it can be stored. Fabulous!!!


  4. JessieLeigh says:

    Hmmm… more muffins to get me “in” with my mother-in-law? Fabulous. 😉 These are some great suggestions and I love the ideas of ways to turn “just a cookbook” into a whole themed gift!

  5. Great

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  6. George Erdosh says:

    Beautiful collection of cookbooks. Though I am not a mom, I definitely recommend one to any mom; my own published recently (Nov/08), filled with great yet simple recipes with easy-to-find ingredients and many useful kitchen references and science of cooking. Check it out:

    “Tried and True Recipes from a Caterer’s Kitchen—Secrets of Making Great Foods”

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