Friday, 17 October 2014

Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen

More than 100 Culinary Inspired 
Presents to Make and Bake
By Alison Walker
Hardcover, 176 pages

Countdown to Christmas! I know you were thinking it.

I am at the stage of my life.... (does that make me sound old? I'm not. Much) But I am at that stage where homemade gifts mean so much more to me than store bought. Especially if I can eat said gifts.

Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen gives you over 100 yummy gift giving treats and presentation ideas. Perfect for anyone on your list. I assume I am on your list as well. Please?

Chapters include:

Baked with Love
Candies and Confections
For the Pantry
From the Garden
The Delights of Chocolate
A Savory Treat
Raise a Glass
Small but Perfectly Formed
Gifts for the Cook
Containers and Packaging
Gingerbread House Templates
Resource Section

Beautifully laid out and photographed, you will have no end of sweet and savory ideas to wow your friends and family. And me.

From the Back Flap:

From homemade cookies to marshmallow hearts, flavored oils and spirits to panforte and spice kits, each of the more than 100 gift ideas has an easy-to-follow recipe along with inspirational ideas for presentation. Whether you're baking for a friend's birthday or bringing a thank-you gift, this book is your guide to creating elegant and tasty treats for any celebration.

     Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen is a delightful gift in itself, as well as providing a beautiful collection of culinary gift ideas for you to make and bake at home for friends and family. In a world where mass-produced is the norm, homemade carries a certain potency of care and thought, and indulgent fudge, warming liqueurs, spicy chutneys, sweet and crumbly homemade biscuits are easy to make, affordable, and meaningful gifts. They are perfect for Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving, or for everyday giving.

     And it's not just the making, it's the wrapping, too. Decorative jars, tins, baskets, and boxes add a personal touch that ensures these gifts will still be remembered long after the food has been enjoyed. That said, a range of containers isn't essential; Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen offers ideas for wrapping your gifts in a stunning and stylish way, so that every gift is special.

Alison Walker is the Food and Drink Editor of Country Living magazine and loves cooking comfort food using seasonal ingredients. After a career in editorial magazine and publishing, she retrained as a professional chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London and graduated as Student of the Year in 2002. After leaving Leith’s, she worked as a food stylist on various movie sets and television programs, such as the James Bond film Die Another Day and Vanity Fair. Since then, she has worked as food editor on various glossy women’s magazines in London. Immediately before joining Country Living, she was Head of Cookery at Good Housekeeping (UK edition).