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Hi friends! We are just a few weeks away from Christmas! As you may know, I am a cookbook junkie. It’s true. I mean, what decent food blogger likes books that involve food? Crazy! I am also terrible at shopping in advance. You can call me Last minute Lucy. So when it is time for holiday shopping, I need all the help I can get. In the Imperfect Holiday Gift Guide 2017, you’ll find a wide variety of ideas for you or your favorite food person. Hey, we all could use a little help this time of year, right?
First off, let’s start with a Culinary Collection I think everyone needs. Melissa’s Produce has a set of books, perfect for you or for the food enthusiasts on your holiday gift list! These 6 hardcover books are filled with great recipes and the reference information everyone needs to make the best and most delicious use of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The set includes Melissa’s Great Book of Produce, Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce, Melissa’s 50 Best Plants on the Planet, Melissa’s Hatch Chile Book, The Great Pepper Cookbook and DYP’s The Perfect Everyday Potato Cookbook!
Once you have those cookbooks, you’re going to need a great cutting board and knife to chop all those delicious fruits and vegetables! Here’s my favorite style of Chef Knife. It’s very balanced in your hand and works well for all skill levels. I am a huge fan of wooden cutting boards too, so to get a packaged set is a double win in my book!
Have you joined the Instant Pot craze yet? It’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon and learn to make amazing dinners in a short amount of time! My favorite is the Instant Pot brand because the buttons are easy to read and the amount of information/recipes available online is HUGE. This is the one I have and I love it! It’s the Instant Pot Duo 6 Qt, 7 in 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. This baby does almost everything!
Four of my favorite cookbooks this year (that should be on your list too!):
Fellow Blogger Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen has a new cookbook. She’s wonderful and I am so excited about this book! In fact, some friends and I will be cooking through it next year. If you’re interested in joining us, get the book HERE and then link up with the “Tuesday’s Menu” Facebook Group for some delicious eats in 2018!
A MUST have and recently named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2017 by the LA Times, Chef Jet Tila’s new cookbook! We have enjoyed several of the dishes from this book and all the recipes are straight-forward and simple to follow. If you are ready to learn about a variety of Asian dishes and be successful with them, this is the book for you!
101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes by Chef Jet Tila
Kate McDermott is the quintessential pie maker of our time. She’s down-to-earth, approachable and has wonderful stories about life to go along with her equally wonderful pie recipes.
“Art of the Pie – A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings and Life!” by Kate McDermott
Coffee Obsession – More than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world each day. In Coffee Obsession, take a journey through the coffee-producing nations around the world and learn the different styles, flavors, and techniques used to brew the perfect cup. Explore how coffee gets from bean to cup in each region, and what that means for the final product!
Best Cookbooks for Cooking with your Kids or Grandkids! Save yourself the trouble of looking all over the place, these are the only two cookbooks you need for your little Sous Chefs (ages 6-12). They have great photos, simple directions, kitchen rules, and recipes kids want to cook! There are even fun stickers and recipe cards. Both cover basic kitchen vocabulary, cooking equipment, the importance of finding/growing great, fresh ingredients, cooking safety and they are spiral bound so they lay flat on the counter. You can’t go wrong with these books!
Some basics everyone needs:
Finally, what kind of Master Food Preserver would I be if I didn’t give you ideas for Canning and Preserving?
I hope this helps you! I’m going to get shopping too. So much to do this time of year. Happy Holidays and much love from My Imperfect Kitchen to yours!