Of course, regular readers will know that I have something of an obsession with Christmas books, but I’ll spare you for the time being (lots of madness to come!) and give you some great recommendations for fab pressies for Christmas.
First up is my lovely Twitter friend Genevieve Taylor’s new book Marshmallow Magic. Marshmallows are majorly trendy at the moment, but if you think they’re too difficult for you, do buy this gorgeous little book stuffed full of great recipes for gourmet marshmallows. Check out the recipe for mojito marshmallows too! A gorgeous little stocking filler. I’m also looking forward to Genevieve’s new book A Good Egg, based on her fab blog.
I remember Rachel Allen’s first TV show years ago when we lived in Ireland. I love her recipes which are always easy to follow and pretty foolproof. Her newest book, Cake, basically contains every cake recipe you could ever need. This is the perfect pressie for any cake lover.
Andy Bates’ Street Food series on Food Network UK has been absolutely amazing (see if you can catch it – well worth it if you’ve got a bit of a food obsession). This new book, called simply Andy Bates, is a mix of recipes from his company, Eat My Pies, along with some really creative ideas for eating with friends, and proper British classics like roast dinners and home made tarts. I hate to be sexist (ahaha) but I think this would make a really good man pressie. Gorgeous.
Next up is the ever scrummy Nigella. Her Christmas TV programme is my absolute fave for getting me in the Christmas spirit. I wasn’t quite so sure about the Nigellissima series, but even if you were equally nonplussed, do buy the book – there are some really great recipes – even if the ‘meatzza’ didn’t grab you. The veggie section is particularly inspiring.
Lastly, here’s some proper ‘food porn’: Gordon Ramsay 3 Star Chef is such a clever idea. The book starts with 50 classic Gordon Ramsay restaurant dishes. The second part of the book show you how to recreate these recipes at home with step by step instructions. It’s quite full on, but if you’re a serious foodie and fancy having a go at recreating gorgeous Michelin star food at home, this is the book for you. It’s also quite beautiful, making it perfect for a present.