Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide – Kitchen Gift Books

Do you know someone who loves baking? How about a coffee fanatic? Here are two books that are ideal for holiday gift giving.

For your favorite baker – Holiday Cookies contains prize winning family recipes from the Chicago Tribune. These recipes are from home readers who submit them into the Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookies Contest. Each of these tried and true family recipes are lovingly described as to why the cookie is special. The recipes are mouthwatering, and the stories are touching! This is a joy to read as well as being a cookie cookbook. 

Inside Holiday Cookies:
Simple Drop Cookies
Sugar & Spice
Fruit & Nut Treats
Chocolate Delights
Sandwich Cookies
Brownies & Bars 

I love the many full color photographs! Not all the recipes have photos, but those that do are beautiful! There is a very enticing recipe for Eggnog Cookies I can’t wait to make for our Christmas party. The Snowflake Sugar Cookies are a work of art! Christmas Rocks is a fruitcake type of cookie that dates to the 1940’s. Lots of history and family traditions are found throughout this gem of a cookbook. The chocolate section will have any chocolate lover drooling. 

Set this book in a basket of cookie ingredients for a lovely bakers gift! 

Holiday Cookies
Prize-Winning Family Recipes from the Chicago Tribune for Cookies, Bars, Brownies and More

For coffee lovers, check out the title Craft Coffee. As a coffee drinker, I found the information very comprehensive. I have learned a lot from this book. Simple tips as well as ways to choose beans, equipment, ideal ratios and much more are included to make the best coffee you can at home! Making craft coffee is a manual type of process and there is not much included about using electric coffee makers. 

This is more for those choosing coffee presses and manual drip brewing. The details and information is very well written by a coffee enthusiast! One tip I know I will be using forever is rinsing my paper filters before each use. I never noticed the paper taste really affected my coffee until I started using this tip. I found the book informative and it made me want to try a different way to brew! There are no photos, but they have included many illustrations. 

Add Craft Coffee to your gift giving list for any coffee lover.

Craft Coffee: A Manual
Brewing a Better Cup at Home