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Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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About the Author
Sur La Table is the trusted authority when it comes to all things cooking related. Sur La Table entices aficionados and curious beginners alike with its amazing selection of cookware, bakeware, tools, cookbooks, and cooking school programs designed to make any cook's life easier. They have coauthored nine cookbooks including The Art and Soul of Baking (2008), which received the 2009 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking, was chosen by Gourmet magazine as a book club selection, and was nominated for 2009 baking book of the year by the James Beard Foundation. Baking Kids Love (2009) was also nominated for a 2010 IACP Cookbook Award for Kids/Family Cookbooks. The original store and headquarters are in Seattle, Washington.
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Her other cookbooks include: Skinny Dips, The Christmas Table, The New Thanksgiving Table, Grill Every Day, Salmon, Pizza, Delicious Dips, The Thanksgiving Table, Midnight Munchies, Cooking For The Week, The Basic Gourmet, The Basic Gourmet Entertains, and Dressed To Grill: Savvy Recipes for Girls who Play with Fire, all from Chronicle Books. In addition, Diane has a cookbook, Gifts Cooks Love, written in conjunction with Sur La Table and published by Andrews McMeel.
She has been involved in the world of food for more than 30 years. She spent six years in Chicago as a caterer and chef for an executive dining room. Leaving behind Chicago's blustery, frigid winters, Diane moved to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Portland, Oregon. Her focus shifted to teaching cooking classes and pursuing a career in food writing. Her first cookbook, Entertaining People: Menus from a Pacific Northwest Cooking School won an IACP/Seagrams cookbook award and was followed by Very Entertaining: Menus for Special Occasions.
Diane's holiday cookbook, The Christmas Table, was featured in Oprah's "O" magazine with six-pages of glorious photographs highlighting food gifts from the kitchen, all created by Diane. Better Homes & Gardens featured six recipes from The Christmas Table in a beautifully illustrated article. Her decadent recipe for Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes was on the cover of December 2008's issue of Cooking Light magazine.
Diane has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times food section and has written for Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Clean Eating, The Oregonian, and Edible Portland. She has appeared on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, CBS Early Show, The Food Network, Smart Solutions on HGTV, Seasonings on PBS, and Good Day Oregon. In addition, for the past two years, Diane has consulted on the core menu, promotional seasonal menus and recipes for a Northwest chain of family dining restaurants. Her website is: www.dianemorgancooks.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I have not tried any of the recipes yet but found several to bookmark with the intent to do so soon. These are not ordinary home canned type recipes and some have ingredients that may not be in the local grocery store. However, this is a book of food gift ideas with people who love to cook in mind, so something out of the ordinary or that itself becomes an ingredient for a creative cook is what would be appreciated.
The author includes a suggested list of tools and equipment, most of which are things that many cooks would already have. (I personally have never owned a food processor and have yet to find a recipe I couldn't make without one.) There is a chapter devoted to decorative packaging and another of tips and techniques for preserving and dehydrating.
The book is organized by types of food: sweet preserved, savory preserved; smoked, cured and dried, baked, confection and chocolate, drinks, no-cook gifts, and make-a-gift kits. Recipes include Moroccan Spice Blend that can be sprinkled on food or used as a rub for meats, a S'Mores Kit that includes homemade marshmallows and graham crackers, Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers, Chipolte Chile Candied Pecans, Rhubarb Compote, Meyer Lemon Curd, and Apricot-Bourbon Mustard, plus others for mustards, dried vegetables and fruit, biscottis, jams, jellies, chutneys, and pastas.
My only criticism is that the book could have provided source information for the various containers they used in their creations. It is not hard to find canning jars, but some of the smaller glass bottles with the swing tops are difficult to find.
Each recipe comes with Gift Giving Tips about how to wrap and present the delicacies and includes text that you can use on the Gift Card that tells about the treat. My family's favorite recipe is the Toasted Coconut Marshmallows, which by making homemade are so much better than the store bought variety. And we absolutely love the smell of the coconut toasting in the oven -mmmm!! Gifts Cooks Love definitely lives up to its name, and is just a pleasure to look through the stunning photographs and come up with ideas that my foodie friends would love!
Scrumptious is the word that comes to mind. I have yet to make anything from the book. There will be plenty of recipes that I will try out. In perusing the book, the recipes all seem quite easy with readily available ingredients and instructions that have wonderful cooking tips. My only criticism is I found one recipe that called for corn syrup. I am the enemy of corn syrup. It is the cheapest cooking ingredient around with evil lurking about-just think fat. Unhealthy and unnatural.
That said, I am rather enticed by the thought of making dried porcini mushrooms and panforte.
What I believe that sets this book apart from other gift giving recipe books is the the presentation of the final product and ideas for gift baskets. You could give someone a smores basket, making your own chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, or how about an Italian basket, with pasta, sauce and mushrooms.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really like this book. Lots of great ideas to make for Christmas.Published 15 months ago by LauraJean
. . .but not for me. It's really hard for me to put a finger on exactly what I didn't like about this book, but I wasn't thrilled with it. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Sarah
Limoncello recipe is great. Reminds me of drinking it in Italy! Mine is almost ready to bottle! Will know more after it's completely finished.Published on February 21, 2013 by Karen Elledge
this is a good cookbook for me as i like to dabble with cooking and making jams and such. The service from the provider was excellant.Published on February 2, 2013 by pat swanson
Got this book as a gift to our daughter in law who has recently started learning how to can and preserve items from the farmers market. A fun read with lots of great ideas.Published on January 8, 2013 by carpoolqueen
After all the favorable reviews, I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on this book. I love to cook, and in the current economic climate homemade gifts are not only unique and... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Jane Harper