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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

10 Gift Ideas for Book/Food Lovers

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and it can always be tough to figure out what to get friends and loved ones. But for those of you who know book lovers and/or people who love to cook, going the cookbook route is often a great way to go. Being a book lover, scratch cook, and member of the Amazon Associates program, I spend a lot of time looking at all kinds of cookbooks, including many from local folks who you may be familiar with, including 10 books from them that are listed below. By the way, look for a "Part 2" of this post soon, as there are many more cookbooks that are worth getting--and the next part will also include books that have not come out yet, just in case you're looking for some post-holiday season gifts (or some reading for yourself).

DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters, and More: From Almonds to Walnuts (by Melissa King)
A book with recipes for homemade nut milks, butters, and more, from Texas resident (and former Bostonian) Melissa King, who is the founder of

American Burger Revival: Brazen Recipes to Electrify a Timeless Classic (by Samuel Monsour, Richard Chudy)
A wide variety of recipes for burger lovers, from Sam Monsour, formerly of jm Curley in Boston and now doing private events in Los Angeles, and Richard Chudy, co-owner of personal chef and catering company The Skinny Beet and founder of Boston Burger Blog.

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe (by Joanne Chang)
A sprawling book with countless recipes based on items offered at the Flour bakery-cafes, from Joanne Chang, owner of Flour (and co-owner of Myers + Chang).

Superfood Sandwiches: Crafting Nutritious Sandwiches with Superfoods for Every Meal and Occasion (by Katie Chudy)
A book featuring recipes for fresh and healthy sandwiches, from Katie Chudy, co-owner of personal chef and catering company The Skinny Beet and food writer/photographer for Eater Boston.

The Classic Slow Cooker: Best-Loved Family Recipes to Make Fast and Cook Slow (by Judy Hannemann)
Classic appetizers, meals, and desserts using a slow cooker, from Judy Hannemann, founder of the food blog

The Apple Lover's Cookbook (by Amy Traverso)
A book that offers all kinds of apple-based recipes (and a guide to apple varieties), from Amy Traverso, who is a senior editor at Yankee magazine.

Chef Daniel Bruce Simply New England: Seasonal Recipes That Celebrate Land And Sea (by Daniel Bruce, Mat Schaffer)
A look at contemporary New England cuisine, from Daniel Bruce, Executive Chef at The Boston Harbor Hotel and founder of the Boston Wine Festival, and Mat Schaffer, former restaurant critic and food editor of the Boston Herald and former restaurant critic for Boston Magazine.

Food Gift Love: More than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share (by Maggie Battista)
A perfect book for the holiday season that includes recipes for edible gifts and detailed wrapping instructions, from Maggie Battista, founder of the Eat Boutique blog/shop.

The Single Guy Cookbook: How to Cook Comfort Food Favorites Faster, Easier and Cheaper than Going Out (by Avi Shemtov)
A man-centric recipe book that includes all kinds of comfort food, from Avi Shemtov, owner of The Chubby Chickpea restaurant in Canton and its affiliated food truck and catering company.

Halloween Nightmare At Fenway (Tipsy Sensei Series) (by Richard Auffrey)
Not a cookbook, but a supernatural thriller from food, wine, sake, and spirits writer Richard Auffrey that includes some of his favorite restaurants and talks about Sake as well (Auffrey is creator of The Passionate Foodie site at



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