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Cookbook Review - Edible DIY

Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share

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Edible DIY by Lucy Baker Book Cover

Book Cover from Running Press
Written by Lucy Baker
Published in 2012 by Running Press Book Publishers

Gifts from the Heart

Even before it became economical to give edible gifts, I've made them because they truly are gifts from the heart. Lucy Baker, author of Edible DIY, agrees and wrote: "If there is a better way to show your affection for someone than by making that person a delicious edible ... gift, I'd like to know what it is."

When I think of homemade gifts, I instantly think of homemade jams and jellies, cookies and spiced nuts. Lucy Baker goes way beyond those gifts in Edible DIY.

Beyond the Standard Edible Gifts

I've gotten so many cool gift ideas from Edible DIY that I can't wait for the holiday gift-giving season to begin. Of course, edible gifts are perfect for more than just the Christmas holidays. They can be made for Superbowl Parties, Fourth of July, hostess gifts, kid's parties and more. Lucy Baker has gift suggestions for these holidays and more.

Lucy Baker has recipes for flavored salts, homemade potato chips and dark chocolate-dipped orangettes. Having already shown her taste for everything alcoholic in her earlier cookbook, The Boozy Baker, she's included the tasty gifts of flavored bourbons, gins and vodkas. She doesn't even stop at offering recipes for gift-giving, but she also includes ways to package these homemade goodies in Edible DIY.

If you're someone who needs an excuse for buying this book, I've got one for you. Everyone of us has at least one person in our life who is often giving homemade gifts. Typically, these gifts are are for a specific reason, and sometimes they are for "just because". They will be thrilled with this cookbook. You'll be pleased too, especially if your one the the many recipients. If you're one of the gift-givers, you deserve this book. Think of all of the people who will benefit from it.

Chapters with Sample Recipes

A Year of Edible Gifts:
This chapter is a calendar of gift-giving holidays from beginning with New Year's and Super Bowl to Christmas ending with Kid's Party and Hostess gifts.

Crunchy
Curried Cashews
Chili-Lime Peanuts
Everything Breadsticks

Boozy
Pineapple-Mango Tequila
Cucumber-Jalapeno Vodka
Ginger Liqueur

Sweet
Chocolate-Covered Bacon Turtles
Gingersnap Balls
Whiskey Butterscotch Sauce

Spicy Condiments, Pickles, and Snacks
Lavender Salt
Bread-and-Butter Zucchini Relish
Root Beer Jerky

Jams, Jellies, and Other Preserves
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Butter
Cherry-Apricot Chutney
Winter Fig Jam

Edible Gift packaging instructions are spread through-out the entire book.

Edible DIY, Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share by Lucy Baker, Running Press, 2012

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