Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

More Than 100 Culinary Inspired Presents to Make and Bake

Book - 2014
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From homemade cookies to marshmallow hearts, flavored oils and spirits to panforte and spice kits, each of the more than 100 gift ideas has an easy-to-follow recipe along with inspirational ideas for presentation. Whether you're baking for a friend's birthday or bringing a thank-you gift, this book is your guide to creating elegant and tasty treats for any celebration.
Publisher: [Vancouver, B.C.] : Appetite by Random House, 2014
Edition: Appetite by Random House edition
ISBN: 9780449016671
Characteristics: 176 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 641.5 WAL


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ksoles Mar 10, 2015

In her promising new book, Food and Drink editor for Country Living Magazine, Alison Walker, extols the virtues of homemade gifts. They usually cost less and always garner more appreciation than their store-bought counterparts; plus, you don't need master baking skills to produce treats worthy of a spot under the Christmas tree. Indeed, Walker includes a wide variety of sweet and savoury recipes here, from chocolates to jams and chutneys, flavoured oils and salts to syrups and sauces. She splits the 100+ recipes into nine chapters and even includes a brief chapter on packaging ideas.

The book contains decent photos and clear, concise instructions in numbered order. Recipes (with both metric and imperial measures) range from simple ones, with which children can help, to the more complicated and time-consuming, ensuring cooks of all levels will find something appealing.

Though it seems the book has much to recommend it, it very unfortunately contains many errors. The Mocha Muffins recipe, for example, includes enough ingredients for 24 full size muffins, yet the recipe instructs bakers to use a mini muffin tin. The Viennese Whirls recipe includes an instruction to blend the flour and baking powder but baking powder doesn't appear in the ingredients list. Harissa Paste calls for very little seasoning and thus turns out spicy but flavourless.

If you tread carefully and have the necessary experience to edit the recipes as you go, "Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen" provides some lovely and delicious gift ideas; if not, it may only provide recipes for disappointment.


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