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Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style Paperback – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
Dinah Corley is a cooking teacher and a designer and decorator. She has designed restaurants and residences. She wrote this book to show people how to "craft containers for my true talent - cooking." Corley lived on Martha's Vineyard for 20 years; she now lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.
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Cons: Poorly organized, distracting layout, some recipes are not giftable
This book has an unusual organization which could be clever if it were better done. Rather than being by type of food (e.g. cookies, preserves, etc.), recipes are grouped by other attributes such as size of the batch, cost of the food, so forth. This could be very useful if there was a list of recipes within each section so that you could quickly see what was there without having to page through the entire book. At least there is an alphabetical index that can be read, not quite the same thing.
In particular, for each recipe, there is a list of traits about cost (inexpensive or not), easy or hard, whether it ships well, etc. It would be really good if there was a chart of all of these at the back, so I could quickly find all the recipes which ship well, or all the recipes which are easy, etc. They went to the trouble of classifying all of these recipes, too bad they didn't use these classifications in any interesting way.
Also the graphical layout is distracting. Multiple fonts and colors of text, and many colored side-bars, make it hard to cut through the ink to clearly see the words. It was too busy being arty to be clear.
Finally, this collection has many recipes which are more suitable to bringing to potlucks rather than giving as gifts, such as trifle (layers of cake, whipped cream, and cut-up fruit), or a vegetable salad layered with dressing.
One novel plus is giving many clever packaging or presentation suggestions. But while the recipes are interesting, this book is too unusable to rate highly.
The book has practical information that should be a must for every cookbook. For each recipe, it lists shelf life, whether it can be shipped, whether you can double or triple it, and prep times.
This is a relatively heavy book, it weighs over 2 pounds, roughly 9x7 inches, and around 3/4" tall.
The introduction of the book is a must read if you are planning to make some of these, so you can get a perspective and get a feel of the ground rules set forth by the author-chef.
The book is divided into six chapters, four big ones, and two small ones. The four big chapters cover: 1) small things 2) high volume (for example, you have 50 cousins and everyone gets the same gift), 3) affordable items with a total price of $15 or less 4) expensive
The two small chapters cover "feel better" recipes with feel-good and cheer-up type of things, and "special delivery", recipes that are good for shipping.
Most of the recipes are intermediate to advanced, part of the work is the artwork and packaging for the "gift" aspect of the "gourmet gift".
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