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Gifts from the Kitchen - 100 Irresistible Homemade Presents for Every Occasion
by Annie Rigg
Kyle Books
ISBN 978-1-906868-57-4
Published September 2011 - Hardcover - 176 pages - $24.95

It's never been easier to make gifts and presents as personal as you can these days.  Endless molds, an enormous array of packaging and wrappings to make or choose from, and now some ideas of things to make and give from the kitchen.  Some people are so inventive and others are thankful for their inventiveness.  People like me are the grateful ones, for I wouldn't know where to start making gifts in my kitchen.  I loved the first recipe for Turkish Delight and would really like to try it someday.  This book is divided into seasons and followed by Celebrations that include Mother's Day, Christmas and Jewish Celebrations among others.  I've never seen a recipe for nougat before, and the illustrative photo is scrumptuous.  Neither had I ever seen a recipe for Candied Citrus Peel.  Not all of the gifts are "sweet" as you'll discover recipes for Spiced Plum Sauce for Grilling, Marinated Goat Cheese, and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes.  In my life I have made pickled beets, pesto, biscotti, pickled cucumbers and panforte (absolutely delicious and full of wonderful ingredients) so I know I am capable.  I loved the molds and shapes, colors, ribbons, utensils, etc. used throughout this book.  Many of these recipes filled me with ideas for gifts for friends.  Now, if only I had my own kitchen I could run wild in!
Beautifully illustrated.  No nutritional guides.
Conclusion - A wonderful book for anyone wishing to explore their creative side in the kitchen.

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