November 17, 2006

The Cooking News Holiday Gift Guide - Cookbooks, DVDs and Kitchen Gadgets

Looking for things to give your favorite foodie for the holidays? Here are some suggestions if you're stumped and need some ideas.

Cookbooks

The Silver Spoon $19.99
"First published in 1950 and revised over time, Italy's bestselling culinary "bible," Il Cucchiaio d'argento, is now available in English. The Silver Spoon boasts over 2,000 recipes and arrives in a handsome (and weighty) photo-illustrated edition complete with two ribbon markers."

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition $18.00
"The much anticipated 75th anniversary edition of Irma Rombauer's kitchen classic Joy of Cooking promises to be as indispensable as past editions of this generational favorite. In addition to hundreds of brand-new recipes, this Joy is filled with many recipes from all previous editions, retested and reinvented for today's tastes."

The Bon Appetit Cookbook $23.07
"Now, for the first time, The Bon Appétit Cookbook brings together more than 1,200 of the magazine's all-time, best-loved recipes for every meal and occasion. These recipes represent the very best of the magazine's sophisticated, foolproof style: easy-to-make dishes that incorporate a variety of regional and international influences--recipes that are delicious the first time out."

The Best 30-minute Recipe: A Best Recipe Classic $23.10
"300 Fast and Flavorful Recipes from America’s Most Trusted Test Kitchen"

Starting With Ingredients: The Quintessential Recipes for the Way We Really Cook $26.37
"The book offers a hundred chapters in alphabetical order, Almonds through Zucchini and Other Summer Squashes: some categories are wide-ranging (Beans: Dried and Fresh-Shelled) while others narrow (Ugli and Other Unusual Fruits—seemingly chosen to fill a gap in the alphabet). Bakers will appreciate recipes that offer both scratch and shortcut versions, but perhaps best of all, the book reflects perceptive appreciation of cooking the world over; in its broad embrace, it evokes the hopeful ethos of using food to open doors and build bridges."

DVDs

Julia Child - The French Chef $31.96
"Cooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child, along with her pioneering public television series, The French Chef, introduced French cuisine to American kitchens. In her passionate and sometimes breathless way, Julia forever changed the way we cook, eat, and think about food.

Now chefs of all ages and abilities can share Julia's love of fine French food and learn to cook some of her most-loved dishes with this special collection of 18 episodes from her original 1960s series, The French Chef."

Flavors of Italy: Northern Italy and Tuscany $8.98
"Italy is considered one of the culinary capitals of the world. Each of its great cities exhibits its own culinary identity, and its own exciting and colorful cuisine. In this program, we travel through the great cities of northern Italy and Tuscany, experiencing the local history and pageantry. Under the guidance of Italy’s most famous chefs, we learn to prepare the cuisine that has made the Italian kitchen justly famous. The splendor of Italy and the wonders of its kitchen await us. Buon appetito!"

Martha's Favorite Cookies $11.24
"Martha makes everything special, and making cookies is no exception. Martha's Favorite Cookies features 33 of Martha's best cookie recipes your whole family will enjoy --- such as Chocolate Malt Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fig Bars, Snickerdoodles, Scottish Shortbread, Coconut Pinwheels and much more!"

For the Kitchen

Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7 Cup Food Processor $99.95
"A perfect gift for new homemakers, the food processor has become an integral part of modern cooking, speeding up a multitude of processes, including kneading dough, slicing, chopping, shredding cheese, vegetables and meat, mincing garlic and parsley, mixing batters, and emulsifying mayonnaise. Cuisinart's Pro Classic comes with a 7-cup work bowl, four basic attachments for slicing, shredding, chopping, mixing, and kneading, and also features two feed tube options, one big enough to handle a whole potato."

KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer $168.88
"KitchenAid's stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 250 watts of mixing power make child's play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. The kid in you will appreciate how quick and easy it is to mix up a batch of cookie dough; the 4-1/2-quart bowl can hold up to 8 cups of flour, which translates into as many as 192 sweet treats."

All product quotes from Amazon.com product listings.

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Posted by Michael Dupuis at November 17, 2006 4:53 PM
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