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  • For the Bakeorator

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    If you have a loved one who loves to decorate as much as he or she loves to bake, Cake Balls is the gift to give. Pair it with some necessary accessories [candy melts, sprinkles, edible glitter], and you’ve created a decor-baker’s dream! Plus, these sweet spheres of goodness make the perfect gift to give for anyone who loves to eat.

    Cake Balls Gift Basket

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  • For the Multitasker

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    Panini presses and other countertop grills, like the George Foreman, have become one of the most popular holiday gifts to give. But make sure your recipient doesn’t use it Christmas Day then throw it to the top shelf to collect dust—PaniniHappy.com blogger Kathy’s Strahs’s Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is so packed with recipes for every meal of the day, they’re barely going to have time to let the grill cool down. It’s a real winner for your friends and family who love multi-use gifts and appliances. Throw in some accessories to make prep and cleaning even easier, and you’ve got a complete panini gift basket.

    Ultimate Panini Gift Basket

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  • For the Trendy Crafter

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    With Desserts in Jars, the possibilities are endless. Rustic-wrapped Pumpkin Cheesecakes for a Friendsgiving celebration? Check. Bubbly Peach Granita Bellinis for a swanky soiree? Check. Peach-Raspberry Verrines with Lemon-Thyme Cream for a summer picnic? Check. This is the cookbook for your creative friend who wouldn’t even consider bringing store-bought treats to a party. Pair it with mason jars, baking and embellishing supplies, and serving pieces, and you’ve just earned yourself some major brownie(in-jar) points.

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  • For the Lover of the “Great Indoors”

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    Hot Chocolate Cookbook // #BooksForCooks

    We can’t think of a better companion for the holiday season, or winter in general. The subtitle says it all: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort. From classic twists on the warm drink, like peanut butter hot chocolate, to ones with a bit more “spirit,” like mint and bourbon hot chocolate, this is the book to end all Swiss Miss instant cocoa packet gimmicks. It does come with a warning though: Don’t expect your recipient to say yes to any plans that involve leaving the house on cold nights for a while…!

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  • For the DIY-er

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    Gourmet Gifts // DIY Food Gifts Cookbook // #BooksForCooks

    We all have that friend or family member who is just SO hard to shop for, simply because they go above and beyond in all gifts they give. This book will make finding their perfect DIY gift all the easier. A beautiful mix of DIY, crafting, and food, it is the first cookbook that gives equal weight to both the recipes, and how to package them. Projects range from hostess gifts like Chalkboard Cheese Board with a Quince Paste, to get-well offerings like Herbal Tea Sachets presented in teacups. You may be giving this book, but we have a feeling you’ll soon be receiving something in return… :-)

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  • For the Francophile

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    The Bonne Femme Cookbook // #BooksForCooks

    While we all may want to receive a plane ticket to Paris in our stocking, or at least some fresh Laduree macarons, Wini Moranville’s The Bonne Femme Cookbook is a bit easier to give, and lighter on the wallet. Four-color and full of sweet illustrations and authentic recipes, it is the ultimate cookbook to gift. Also helps to re-acclimate your “semester abroad” son or daughter who just returned from Normandy…!

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  • For the Ingredient-Focussed Foodie

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    Flavored Butters Cookbook // #BooksForCooks

    For home cooks who like to add a bit of flair to their everyday dishes, Flavored Butters is the book for you. Fifty recipes to dress up your burgers, braises, pastas, veggies, bread, and even desserts with Lucy’s sweet butter recipes. Gorgonzola-Chive… Truffled Fois Gras… Salted Caramel Butter… is your mouth watering yet?

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  • For the Newlyweds

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook // #BooksForCooks

    We have two favorite things about Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook. First, if you know anyone who owns a crock pot or slow cooker (say, anyone who got married within the last ten years), chances are they are letting it collect dust somewhere and could use some flavorful recipes—like Twice-Crocked Stuffed Potatoes with Cheddar and Chives and Thai Pork with Peanut sauce—as inspiration to dig it out of the back of their cupboard.

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  • For the Cocktail Connoisseur

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    What’s a well-stocked bar without festive glassware, a sleek ice bucket, extra shakers, and—of course—a library of cocktail recipes? Books like Good Spirits, Champagne Cocktails, and Bourbon are perfect for entertaining with their creative recipes, unique variations on classic cocktails, and endless tips and tricks from drink connoisseurs. Plus, they make great gifts when paired with other fun home bar accessories!

    Cocktail Connoisseur Gift Set

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  • Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook in the News

    12/3/13
    Included in Examiner.com’s Holiday Gift Guide for Her.

    10/16/13
    Jessica interviewed and book featured on Parents Magazine’s GoodyBlog.

    9/24/13
    Book and Easy Stovetop Ratatouille recipe featured on Eve of Reduction.

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  • #BooksForCooks

    Happy December! It is officially gift-buying season. Though this year, we going to attempt to make this season as low-stress as possible for you, as we offer 15 Days of creative present ideas for everyone in your life– from the crafty college kid, to the cocktail connoisseur, to the ultimate foodie! Check back each weekday in December for new gift-giving inspiration, and join us in saying Give #BooksForCooks.

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  • For the Baker: Baker’s Field Guides

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    christmas cookie cookbook; christmas candy

    Here are two books that make perfect gifts for the home baker, or for you as you delve into the holiday baking season! With recipes like Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Cranberry Snowdrift Bars, and classic Sugarplum cookies, Santa won’t know what hit him!

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