A Christmas gift guide… for the foodies

So, I was watching Sunrise yesterday morning before work, and heard that this weekend is meant to be the BIG one for Christmas shopping, both online and in store. And while I’ve finished my Christmas shopping already (yes, I know, freak), I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of the holiday gift guides that are popping up on my dashboard – because once Christmas is done, the birthdays continue, so the ideas are still much appreciated!

So just for funsies, I thought I’d also contribute to the 50,000 gift guides already circulating for the big weekend of shopping ahead! I’ll have a few over the next few days to help get you all sorted, but let’s start with a book list for the foodies – here are some of my favourite food-related books and cookbooks…

Clockwise, from top left…

1. I Quit Sugar: Simplicious by Sarah Wilson
What’s it all about? Healthy food, simple and essential, full of nutrients and low on sugar. It’s about making life easy for yourself, reducing waste and increasing sustainability by buying and cooking in bulk, freezing and preserving food, and using scraps.
Buy it for: The time poor, yet health and budget conscious.

2. Eating Well by Australian Women’s Weekly
What’s it all about? Shunning the bulls#!t diets and cooking with real foods, while catering for those of us with food intolerances (like the gluten and lactose intolerant) as well as those who’ve made special diet choices (like the sugar free and paleos).
Buy it for: Anyone who has special dietary requirements.

3. La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy by The Italian Academy of Cuisine
What’s it all about? I’ve had this book for years, and it’s one of my absolute favourites. It’s the most stunning and complete collection of Italian food from every part of the country, often with multiple recipes for the same dish, each with minor variations according to the different regions it’s made in.
Buy it for: Anyone who loves Italian food and doesn’t need photos in their recipe books.

4. T2 The Book by Maryanne Shearer
What’s it all about? By the brain behind T2, it tells the story of how the empire today came to be. Also, great tea infused and inspired recipes, tasting notes, and history.
Buy it for: Your favourite tea aficionado (or nanna)

5. L.A. Son by Roy Choi
What’s it all about? I bought this book while I was travelling in American last Christmas, and I absolutely bloody love it. It’s part memoir, part cookbook, detailing his life from childhood to the edge of his meteoric rise to foodie fame.
Buy it for: Your legitimate foodie friends and anyone who likes a good not-so-old-fashioned underdog story. And food.

6. Flavours of Melbourne by Smudge Eats
What’s it all about? A breathtaking photo documentary on Melbourne’s streets and laneways, with a focus on the food found around them. Lots of signature recipes, too, from Melbourne’s big names in food, like Gingerboy’s sesame crusted kingfish tataki, Chin Chin’s crying tiger, Chuckle Park’s pulled pork rolls and Caterina’s Cucina’s baccala con polenta fritta.
Buy it for: Anyone who loves Melbourne’s streets and laneways, street art and incredibly diverse food scene. It’s like the ultimate Melways with all the good stuff.

7. Mug Cakes by Leslie Bilderback
What’s it all about? 100 easy recipes you can throw together and cook in a matter of minutes. All you need is a coffee mug and a microwave.
Buy it for: Anyone who appreciates quick and simple, or is prone to having a bad day and looking for solace in cake.

8. CWA Classics by the Country Women’s Association
What’s it all about? All of the classics – the cakes and slices, biscuits and preserves, puddings and tarts. This is the ultimate baking bible, for me, and because it’s CWA, the recipes are all super simple and never-fail.
Buy it for: Classic cookbook collectors, those who have been baking for years, and those who are new to baking and likely to be intimidated by lengthy recipes.

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