Books Make Great Gifts for Foodies

Do you have an avid bookworm in the family?  Are you planning to do your holiday shopping early? The world is full of  many different kinds of book lovers and we want to help you find the perfect gift for the reader in your life. Below are a few books that we think would be the perfect stocking-stuffer to give to the foodie in your life.

The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine by Patrick Alexander

 Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world’s great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines, and much more.  

The Cocktail Companion by Cheryl Charming

 The Cocktail Companion is a compendium of all things cocktail. This bar book features 25 must-know recipes for iconic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Martini; cultural anecdotes and often-told myths about drinks’ origins; and bar etiquette, terms, and tools to make even the newest drinker an expert in no time. Learn from well-known bartenders from around the country as they offer up advice on everything, including using fresh-squeezed juices, finding artisanal bitters, and creating perfect cubes of ice that will help create intriguing, balanced cocktails. The Cocktail Companion spans the cocktail’s curious history—from its roots in beer-swilling 18th-century England through the illicit speakeasy culture of United States Prohibition to the explosive, dynamic industry it is today. Discover famous and classic cocktails from around the globe, how ice became one of the most important ingredients in mixed drink making, and how craft beers got so big, all with your own amazing drink—that you made yourself!—in hand. 

Eating Across America by Daymon Patterson

 Daymon Patterson is better known as Daym Drops, an American food critic, YouTube celebrity, and television presenter. He initially gained popularity on YouTube for his video review of a Five Guys takeout meal, which spawned a viral online song by the Gregory Brothers. With hard work and determination, he eventually made his way to becoming Rachel Ray’s Food Correspondent. He travels abroad, sampling dishes and many QSR locations, all to give them a Super Official Food Review from the front seat of his truck. And now, Daym Drops offers Eating Across America for all traveling foodies like you. Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the country’s best food trucks, street foods, and cheap eats. Sometimes messy, but always made with love, eating out at local trucks and holes-in-the-wall has become a movement. Daym Drops details the definitive road map to truly tasting Americana. Eating Across America is the perfect tour guide for the travel foodie in all of us.  

A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass

Instagram sensation and specialty baker extraordinaire Jana Douglass will make you rethink your concept of cookies. With her inspired ideas, your confections will bring you raves and plenty of party invitations for life! What sets A Cookie to Celebrate apart is Jana’s detailed instructions for gorgeous special occasion cookies, from birthdays and engagement parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and much more. In A Cookie to Celebrate, she shares her baking expertise along with foolproof recipes for these delicious desserts. Each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to stand out and destined to become the most Instagrammed sweet treats you’ve ever made! 

Cooking, Making, and Baking by Cynthia O’Hara

 From the creative mind of the “Harried Housewife” blog comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking, and Making includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For spring, serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece as you watch the flowers bloom. In the hot summer, delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters. In autumn, admire the turning leaves as you bake Dilled Beer and Cheddar Bread and make Autumn Harvest Potpourri. And in winter, enjoy Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes and make Festive Votives while snuggling by the fire. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed a wide variety of recipes that reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. 

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