Something I’ve discovered – from this side of the equation as well as that side of the equation – is that cookbooks and cooking dvds make wonderful gifts. What cook wouldn’t want to open a present and find Paula Deen smiling at her/him, like she is on the cover of Food Network Paula’s Home Cooking Vol. 4: Complete Sweets (above). Recipes include Cheesecake with Praline Sauce, Savannah Chocolate Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce, Gooey Toffee Butter Cake, Fresh Strawberry Sorbet, Caramelized Brownies, and many more. Disc 1: Paula’s Desserts Sugar and SpiceSexy Southern ChocolateJust Desserts Disc 2: Sweet Endings Ice Cream SocialPaula’s Sweets ShopBirthday Party Disc 3: Celebration Sweets Sweet EndingsCandy/SweetsPie In The Sky. (Running Time: 210 minutes.)
Another huge hit would be the Food Network Favorites: Recipes from Our All-Star Chefs Cookbook. This cookbook brings 120 restaurant-quality recipes, reliable cooking tips and easy instructions from some of today’s hottest Food Network chefs like Paula Deen and Wolfgang Puck right into your kitchen. Bonus features include question and answer sessions with the featured chefs about favorite foods and secrets from their kitchens.
See the product above? That’s what an ingenius product looks like. I’ve always wondered why in the culinary world more cookbooks aren’t produced in Recipe Card form. A recipe card is so much easier to take to the grocery store! The Semi-Homemade Cooking Recipe Cards also cost less than a typical cookbook would. Without the costly hard cover and glossy pics, I guess the publisher keeps their cost down and then passes those savings along to us. A prospect that delights me.
Last, but not least, someone I really miss on the Food Network, Jamie Oliver. The Naked Chef is a cookbook you’ll want if you’re as big a fan of Jamie’s as I am.
From the Publisher:
Jamie Oliver—a.k.a. the Naked Chef—is England’s #1 bestselling food sensation, a charismatic, streetwise culinary wonder boy whose personality is as fresh and unpretentious as his cooking. In this extraordinary cookbook, Jamie takes all of the trade secrets he has accumulated since he started cooking at age eight and distills them into a refreshingly simple style that really works for people who are passionate about food, but don’t always have a lot of time, money or space. Jamie has applied his strip it bare then make it work principle to all his meals—from salads to roasts, desserts to pastas— and has created a foolproof repertoire of simple, feisty, and delicious recipes that combine bold flavors with fresh ingredients. With more than 120 no-fuss recipes, this book, a sumptuous feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, is modern cooking at its best.
Speaking of charismatic, back to back episodes of Ace of Cakes are on tonight. YIPPPEEEEEEEEEEE! This show, thanks to its cast of characters, oozes charisma and fun. It’s one of the Food Network shows that could, I think, easily make it on Network television. When they aired the first episode I thought, “They have got to be kidding me. A show built around a cake decorating studio?” I watched, of course, because it’s my beloved Food Network – and one of my cats gets cranky if the channel is turned. By the first commercial break, I knew I’d never miss a minute of Duff, Mary Alice, Geoffrey, and the rest. (“And the Rest…” That sounded so Gilligan’s Island.) Click HERE to learn more about these deliciously off-beat and entertaining personalities. And, by any means possible….yes, even if it means wrestling for the remote control….watch the episodes tonight. There’s nothing on television quite like Ace of Cakes.