Ultimate Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide 2010

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I do believe this may be the first ever A Sweet Spoonful Gift Guide. And I’m excited to share with you a few things that are making me happy right here right now, and that may make a few of your loved ones smile as well.

Gift guides are kind of a funny thing, aren’t they? They’re from a very particular point of view and perspective, so you’ll notice that mine are heavy on the treats and books. Shocking, I realize. Before we get started, have you ever stopped to think about what makes a really good gift? Something relatively unique that you don’t necessarily find in every big-box store. Something that will make people smile -- that will indulge the senses or the imagination or the mind. I think you’ll find one or all of those things here. Happy gifting!

Canal House Set

Canal House Cooking Collection: Does Canal House really need an introduction? In short, these are visually stunning little quarterly cooking tomes organized by the seasons. For the holidays they’ve bundled the first 3 in a sweet little box. If you jumped on the Canal House bandwagon a bit late like I did and don’t yet own the first 3, this is your chance. Order soon -– they’ll sell out. (Note: Wow. They sold out fast!)

Alice's Cook Book

Alice’s Cookbook by Alice Hart: I’ve been hearing quiet rumblings about this book for a few weeks now and for good reason. Quadrille Press is putting out a new series of books focusing on undiscovered talent, and Alice Hart is leading the way. She’s actually in her 20′s, so this would make a great gift for someone just starting to get into cooking but really, Alice’s book is lovable in its simplicity and distinct point of view. I’ve fallen for it, and am looking forward to trying her dhal soup, sweet potato samosas, and stickiest gingerbread.

One Big Table

One Big Table by Molly O’Neill: This has been a banner year for cookbooks and there’s so many I could name and recommend for you here. However, I’ve chosen One Big Table for the 2010 Gift Guide because it will appeal to a broad range of folks from more advanced chefs to bakers to occasional dabblers. Molly spent nearly a decade traveling the country and gathering recipes and stories for the book -- mostly from everyday people like you and I. The result? 600 pages of truly exciting American recipes (and photos), proving -- as Molly intended -- that cooking is a living art. Standout recipes (for me) include Nora Ephron’s chocolate cream pie and Flo Baker’s yellow cake.

Sundays Are for Lovers

Lines and Shapes is a great little art and design collective, putting out books and other more impromptu publications with a visual aesthetic that I fall for each time. They’re great. And they’re bundling some of their lovely books together for holiday gift-giving. I recommend Sundays are for Lovers and Brooklyn Diary. (Note: Lines and Shapes is closed through January 5th. Everything will be restocking then!)


Remedy Quarterly is a great food-ish magazine by stylish blogger and savvy writer, Kelly Carambula of Eat Make Read. For the holidays, Kelly is bringing together the first three issues in a nice little gift bundle. Support small publications this year!



Megan Gordon

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