Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for the Foodie

I don't think that there is an easier group of people to shop for than the foodie.  Everywhere you look there is something that this delightful group of people may find useful, from seasonings to spices, to exotic and ethnic foods, to specialty liquors for those equally special cocktails, to mixes, equipment, and books. To add to the ease, something sure to please can be found to fit any budget, from a five dollar pack of vanilla beans from Melissa's Produce to a thousand dollar espresso machine from Williams-Sonoma.

If you or someone you know is shopping for a foodie, the Quarto Publishing Group can help you with this fantastic offering of diverse and stocking stuffer worthy” cookbooks. Each of which is unique and interesting is its own special way.

Burger lovers (like me) will find much inspiration in this cute, burger-shaped book that offers both meat and meatless recipes and drool worthy pictures to both tempt and inspire you.
 Have a beer lover in your family?  He or she will be delighted with this bottle-shaped volume (the absolute perfect shape for stuffing a stocking) that will both educate and inspire. Reasonably priced, it can be tied onto or inserted into a six-pack making it a welcome host or hostess gift.
Ever wonder what to do with those cute Babybel cheeses? This book has all of the answers in its cheese-shaped self that can be easily added to a meat, wine, and cheese gift basket along with a heaping mound of Babybel cheeses.
 Exotic food loving foodies will absolutely delight in this fascinating Bombay Lunchbox book. If you are unfamiliar with the lunch delivery system in India, you need to read all about it here, and then whip up one of the toothsome recipes contained within. Colorful and informative, you won't be able to put this one down, and may soon find yourself booking passage to Bombay.
 Lastly, Carolyn and Chris Caldicott's book of British recipes is the perfect remedy for this busy, exhausting, seriously-in-need-of-comfort holiday season. Use this as the centerpiece in a gift basket for your favorite Anglophile along with a teapot, cup and saucer, tin of English breakfast tea, and a jar of clotted cream. A nutmeg grater, some whole nutmeg, and a package of vanilla beans will allow them to immediately try the Clotted Cream Rice Pudding recipe in the book.  It is seriously the closest thing to being wrapped in comfort. Toss in a DVD of the latest season of Midsomer Murders and you have a gift they will appreciate for months to come.
Happy shopping!

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Disclaimer:  I was provided these books, free of charge, in exchange for a review.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pattie, you always have the most creative posts! I like the beer idea for my nephew who likes to brew his own. And I love those little cheeses. Yum!

I am hurrying to get this response posted. I am on Mr. Magpie's laptop which he is taking soon. My first time blogging in TWO months.



~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pattie!
I've been tempted to buy those shaped cookbooks to add to my collection because I have quite a few vintage die-cut books and I think it would be cool to have a bit of old and new:)

I'm such an easy person to buy for when it comes to cookbooks but, truth be told, I wouldn't mind those vanilla beans one bit, lol...

A nice selection you have chosen to share for Cookbook Wednesday Pattie, Thank you so much for joining. (I'm really liking that Hamburger book:)

La Table De Nana said...

My of them..brews his own beers also..And Jacques is our winemaker:)
Cute ideas..
I did want to say I love the chess piece post.My husband plays with Lucas our 9 year old grandson and I love watching them..they have been playing for ap 3 years now..:)
And sometimes Lucas beats Jacques..fair and square:)
Your pieces and the story..:)