Cooking Gifts

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   Thanks for the comments on the video I posted yesterday.  My daughter and I had fun with it.  If you haven’t had a chance to complete my reader survey, please click the link at the top of the page.  I’m hoping this information will prove useful to me…I’ll tell you about it soon.  May you have a wild and crazy Black Friday -  spend carefully, smile often, and drink lots of caffeine.

Although I’ve refused to cook a Turkey this year, my family is far from starving.  Considering the fact that both FringeMan and I are currently involved in weight-loss challenges, I must be doing something right.  The problem is that sometimes, I just want to eat something different. The internet is always good when you need a quick recipe, but there’s nothing like thumbing through a cookbook complete with mouth-watering pictures.

As fulfilling as creating a good meal can be, at times it’s much more satisfying to have someone else cook a good meal for you.  My solution is give cookbooks as gifts.  Odds are pretty good one of the recipients will make a recipe and feed it to you.  At least those are my hopes.

So here are a few suggestions for your holiday shopping list.

200 Best Panini Recipes – $14.95

*  I borrowed this cookbook from the library and drooled all over every page.  Includes many great ideas for leftovers.

The Bread Bible – $23.10

*  If you like to bake bread, you’ll love this book.  You’ll love it even more if you like eating hard, crusty loaves of rustic carbs.

The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion:  The All Purpose Baking Cookbook. – $23.10

*  If you enjoy baking, I think this is a foundational book.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl – $13.50

*  I hardly need to mention this book.  Ree is traveling all over signing these books for millions of adoring fans.  On the other hand, how can I not mention it?  Her recipes are amazing!  Just be sure to take your cholesterol medicine, because Ree likes cream and butter.  If you gift your mother with this cookbook and she begins making these meals for your father every night, realize she may have an ulterior motive.  In the past women used cyanide, now they use butter and cream.  It’s much subtler.

The Biggest Loser Cookbook – $14.93

(Sorry, no picture)

*  This is for those of you on a diet.  Now if you give this cookbook as a present, make sure you won’t be insulting the recipient.  Could get you in trouble.

Healthy Kids:  Help Them Eat Smart and Stay Active–For Life – $13.56

(Wish I could get a quick picture of this book, but you’ll have to follow the link.)

*  I have this book.  I’m not a total health nut, but this book is loaded with good principles for raising a healthy family.  It also gives you lots of recipes full of good ingredients that your children will love.  If what you want is a healthier lifestyle for both you and your children, this book is for you.  It’s also a great gift for new moms or that ‘organic’ friend of yours.

I’d take any of these books for Christmas!  Mom are you listening?


I know you read…

I’m done.  If you have a great cookbook to add to the list, feel free to leave the title in the comments section.  Happy shopping and cooking!


  1. I love anything Lidia Bastianich!! Lidia’s Italy, Lidia’s Family Table – both of which I have signed copies. King Arthur is great too!! The catalogs that they send in the mail have great recipes too!!! America’s Test Kitchen, love that too!! You can get the DVD’s and the recipe book for the season. So much fun!!!!

  2. robinaltman says:

    I’ve been a dieting maniac lately, and my muse is “No Fat in Nothing Flat” by Linda Rosensweig. Even the boys and Adam love the recipes.

  3. I just survived Black Friday!!! No more shopping for muah!!

  4. I would like to look at The Pioneer Woman’s book as well.

    I like “500 Low Carb Recipes” by Dana Carpender. Love her. She is a really good explainer of the low carb lifestyle.

  5. I would love to have the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook and the Biggest Loser cookbook.


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