I hope you’re winding down your holiday shopping at this point. Or, maybe if you’re like me, not. It’s the thrill of out hustling hundreds of other last minute shoppers for that special gift that makes this time of year oh so special. And, based on the time I have left, this year is shaping up to be more special than most.
If you want you can opt to finish up your list from the comfort of your cushy desk chair (coward). But, don’t blame me if you end up feeling that there’s something lacking from this years shopping adventure.
We’ve got some great last minute gift ideas for you. Some cookbook reviews and some best of 2011 lists are linked below for your reading pleasure.
FYI – Next week I’m going to reveal to the world my favorites from last year. Don’t get all excited. It’s not another best of… countdown or slideshow gallery. You can get those anywhere.
If you were looking for an old school start to the 2012 holiday shopping season then Black Friday was your day. The tradition requires you to battle big crowds of sometime less than good mannered shoppers, all scratching and clawing for the best deals. Staying up late and getting up early are all part of the drill.
But, if you’re looking for a more sane way to start crossing things off your holiday shopping list, one that doesn’t include the risk of being pepper sprayed or trampled at a department store, then Cyber Monday is your launch day. It’s the day when you can sit back and let your fingers REALLY do the walking.
There have been so many great cookbooks released in 2012. But, this past year will be known as the year when the digital cookbook found it’s way into kitchens around the world. Up until now, we’ve all played with an app here and there, but, a real, functional, working cookbook hadn’t reached the point of mass acceptance. Suffice it to say, it has.
It seems only fitting that for this Cyber Monday that we give you a list of some of the best eCookbooks on the market. So, we’ve put a little visual aid together to help get you going. Ready? OK… Point, click, shop, cook.
Of course this is just the start of our holiday gift giving suggestions. We’ll be posting more great ideas for every cook on your list. Keep your eyes peeled.
The bell has officially sounded on the 2012 holiday shopping season. And, as always, cookbooks are sure to be at the top of a lot of folks Santa wish list. In the weeks ahead we’re going to feature all kinds of great cookbook gift giving ideas for you.
But, until then, we don’t want you to miss out on your little piece of Black Friday. We’ve put together some early shopping ideas to get you in the holiday spirit. You can check them out by clicking below.
Times up! If you haven’t gotten all of your holiday shopping done, I’m afraid you may soon be out of luck. But, if you’re reading this and it’s not quite Christmas morning yet, then you may have one last shot at your local bookseller.
Here’s the last part of our 12 Days of Cookbooks recap:
That’s it for this year. Hope you’ve had as much fun checking out our holiday cookbooks as we have had bringing them to you. Have a great and safe holiday. Happy cooking!
Well the big day is almost here. So, it’s time to give you a flashback of what we have been recommending for your holiday gift giving this year. We’ll have part two tomorrow. Today is the last day you can order any of these books for overnight delivery. Tomorrow it’s the mall!
Here are the first five:
Well, there you have it. That’s the rundown. Just in case you missed any of the first five days. Tomorrow we’ll recap the final five for you. Now, get out there and shop!
Do you have a geek living under your roof? Do you know someone who has a geek living under their roof? Odds are that the answer is yes to one or both of these questions.
Guess what? Geeks like to eat too! Really they do. And, if you’re not cooking for them, that means they’re fending for themselves. This holiday season give the geek on your list a gift that will help with their general welfare and survival. The Cooking For Geeks cookbook.
Author/geek/cook Jeff Potter unravels some of the great mysteries of cooking science with his take on what a cookbook should be all about. It’s not just a bunch of recipes thrown together and bound into a book. It’s just what the tag-line suggests: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food.
Got a geek on your holiday list? Surprise them with a gift that doesn’t have a power cord or a Lithium-Ion battery. They will be happy that you have recognized their geekness and impressed that you care enough to buy a suitable gift.
Author: Jeff Potter Publisher:O’Reilly Media Pages: 432
Re-Released: August 2, 2010
I’ve got one or two in my kitchen, you probably do too. My first one I got as a birthday gift a bunch of years ago. Since then I’ve picked up a dutch oven and a couple of smaller pans. And, I love using all of them.
What? The humble cast iron skillet of course. It’s one of the oldest (regularly used) pieces of cooking equipment that I own. Now, I’m not saying I break mine out everyday or even every week. But, there are certain dishes that I don’t think I could make without it.
We have all seared steaks and made fried chicken or a fantastic dark roux, but, how about Pecan Sticky Buns? Thought so. That’s where The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook comes in.
This book probably isn’t going to replace any of the tried and true cookbooks in your collection. But, it does have some interesting ways to use that heavy piece of iron. How about attempting the Dungeness and Tillamook Cheddar Souffle? A little less daring? Then maybe you could whip up a Classic Grilled Reuben.
In addition to a bunch of new recipes, Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis-Hearne have some helpful tips on how to keep your iron in tip top shape.
Did you buy someone a cast iron skillet a while back and notice that’s it’s been collecting dust ever since? This might be the perfect thing to help get that pan out of the back of the cabinet and onto the top of the stove.
Author: Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis-Hearne Publisher:Sasquatch Books Pages: 192
Re-Released: October 4, 2004
This is going to be a really short post. Why, well look at the title. What more could possibly be said about one of the most reviewed, written about and discussed cookbooks out there? That’s right, theJoy of Cooking.
The 75th anniversary edition of this kitchen classic contains 4,500 recipes in 1,152 pages. It’s BIG. It’s intimidating at first and it’s loaded with culinary information that you can use for a lifetime.
If it’s possible that you know someone who doesn’t own a copy of the Joy of Cooking (I would find that hard to believe), you should right that wrong this holiday season. You might was to consider delivering this one yourself, don’t want to weight down Santa too much.
Author: Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker & Ethan Becker Publisher:Scribner Pages: 1,152
Re-Released: October 31, 2006
Bet you’ve been waiting for one like this. OK, the New England Soup book was up this same alley, but, it’s hard to beat a one pot meal at this time of year.
As a matter of fact, I usually have the crock pot going pretty much every Sunday. It’s not only easy, but, you usually end up with a pretty fantastic one pot meal. I call it the lazy man’s way to cook. I’m not saying I’m lazy or anything…
The Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook helps you get the best from your one pot. It’s really kind of amazing, a bunch of loose, uncooked ingredients go in… 6-9 hours later a wonderful meal comes out.
Learn how to make, The Easiest Beef Short Ribs, Mexican Black Beans with Pork, Parmesan Risotto or maybe try your hand at Crock Poached Salmon with Hollandaise. That last one sounds interesting.
Authors Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann have put together a nice collection of simple comfort food recipes.
This is an awesome book for anyone on your cold weather gift list.
Author: Beth Hensperger & Julie Kaufmann Publisher:Harvard Common Press Pages: 512
Released: January 25, 2005