2012 Gift Guide: La Cuisine d'Hélène Cookbooks to give this Holiday Season

My 2012 Gift Guide:

Reading Gift Guides is always a pleasure for me. This Gift Guide is all about cookbooks. Some I have received from different companies and some that I have bought this year. Offer a cookbook this Holiday season to a foodie in your life.

What a nice cookbook. We visited Bouchon Bakery in Vegas and really like all the pastries that we tried. Any baker would love to receive this cookbook this year.

For more info: Bouchon Bakery Cookbook

For anyone on your list that loves food styling, photography La Tartine Gourmande will inspire them.  In this beautiful cookbook you will find nearly 100 gluten-free recipes that use whole grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and nut flours. A must for a foodie!

For more info: La Tartine Gourmande cookbook

I have been following Tartelette for years. It's the book that I turned to for food photography inspiration. This one you should buy for yourself!

For more info: Plate to Pixel

Another favourite in my home. Desserts in jars are fun to make and, of course, to eat, and they are especially suited for gift-giving. They store, travel and stay fresh well, and even can be delivered with a lid on the jar and with gift tags, ribbons, and other embellishments. Olmanson devotes a special chapter to as-yet-unbaked mixes, with the flour, brown sugar, and so on attractively layered in the jar, a timeless idea now undergoing its own revival.

For more info: Desserts in Jars

I've baked from this cookbook, click to read my post. The Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins have been a bit hit in La Cuisine d'Hélène this year. You should buy the book just for the muffin recipe. 

For more info: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Chocolate Mint Meltaways. PB&J Cups. Chai Latte Lollipops. Cherry Cordials, Spicy Pralines, and the cult favorite, Beer and Pretzel Caramels. Plus candy bars—the Twist Bar, the Nutty Bar, the Coconut-Lime Bar, inspired by commercial favorites (Snickers, Twix) but taken to new heights of deliciousness. And the French-style sea salt caramels that Daniel Boulud claimed were better than those he’d tasted in France. Yes, you really can make these sublime treats at home thanks to Liz Gutman and Jen King, the classically trained pastry chefs who traded in their toques to make candy—and now lead the candy-craft movement as proprietors of Liddabit Sweets, the Brooklyn confectionery whose products have drawn the attention of The Early ShowFox and Friends, the Cooking Channel, O, The Oprah MagazineReal SimpleFood & WineGQ, and more.

Doing for candymaking what Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream did for ice cream, The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook is the perfect marriage of sugar and spice, packed with 75 foolproof recipes, full-color photographs, and lots of attitude. The approachable recipes, offbeat humor, and step-by-step photographs remind us that home candymaking is meant to be fun. The flavor combinations, down-to-earth advice, and easy directions make this the guide to turn to whether making candy for a treat, a holiday, a gift, or a bake sale.

For more info: The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

Lidia Bastianich—one of the most beloved chefs and authors in America—presents her most accessible and affordable cookbook to date, a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals for her very own family. But these are not only Lidia’s personal favorites; this book is a love letter to her fans. Here, she is giving us the recipes for dishes that you have raved and written about over and over—the best, the most comforting, and the most delicious dishes in her repertoire. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs,Lidia’s Favorite Recipes will give both new cooks and longtime fans something extraordinary to celebrate.
In Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, you’ll find a fresh take on more than 100 of Lidia’s signature and irresistibly reliable dishes, including:
· Fried Mozzarella Skewers—Spiedini alla Romana
· Escarole and White Bean Soup—Zuppa di Scarola e Cannellini
· Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage—Ziti con Broccoli Rabe e Salsicce
· Baked Stuffed Shells—Conchiglie Ripiene al Forno

For more info: Lidia’s Favorite Recipes

Cake Balls begins with nine basic cake recipes and ten basic frostings, ganaches, and glazes, which Wilson spins, with some design tricks and extra ingredients, into 63 distinctive creations, each handsomely photographed in full color.
The recipes include kid-friendly ideas, such as Jam-Filled Cake Balls, S’mores, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls; sophisticated treats like Cocoa-Dusted Truffle Cake Balls and Cranberry-Toffee-Walnut Cake Balls; and whimsical creations like Teddy Bears, Cake Ball Pumpkins, and the statement-making Cake Ball Tower, made of cream puffs. Wilson offers inspiration for baking pros with tips for original cake ball inventions, and guidance for rookies and bakers-on-the-go with tips on making cake balls from a mix.
For more info: Cake Balls

'All You Knead is Bread,' photographed by Peter Cassidy, aims to inspire you to start baking by explaining the basic techniques, demystifying the process and showing you, with step-by-step photography, how simple it is to make a huge variety of breads. The recipes come from the four corners of the globe, but they all have one thing in common - they are easy to follow and the result is so much better for you than anything you can buy in shops. Choose from more than 50 recipes, such as pitta bread, soda bread, cinnamon buns, cheese rolls, rye bread and corn bread. Spanning wheat and the myriad other grains used from country to country, this book will teach how to make bread and understand its unique ability to bring people together to celebrate, share and enjoy it.

For more info: All you Knead is Bread

Food blogger Lindsay Landis has invented the perfect cookie dough. It tastes great. It’s egg free (and thus safe to eat raw). You can whip it up in minutes. And, best of all, you can use it to make dozens of delicious cookie dough creations, from cakes, custards, and pies to candies, brownies, and even granola bars. Included are recipes for indulgent breakfasts (cookie dough doughnuts!), frozen treats (cookie dough Popsicles!), and outrageous snacks (cookie dough eggrolls! cookie dough fudge! cookie dough pizza!). The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook features clear instructions and dozens of decadent full-color photographs. If you’ve ever been caught with a finger in the mixing bowl, then this is the book for you!
For more info: The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook

When Ian Knauer was a cook in the Gourmet test kitchen, he quickly became known for recipes so stupendously good that they turned the heads of the country’s top food editors—effortless combinations that made the best of seasonal produce or treats from the Pennsylvania farm that has been in his family since the eighteenth century.

In The Farm, Knauer brings his creations to your kitchen. From Cold-Spring-Night Asparagus Soup to Brick Chicken with Corn and Basil Salad, the 150 recipes in this book will help you make the most of your market, garden, or CSA. They are fresh, modern spins on American classics, with ingredients anyone can obtain. Each one is simple, distinctive, and satisfying, getting the best food to the table in the least amount of time. They are both homey and sophisticated.

You’ll find recipes that incorporate all parts of the vegetable, like Pasta with Radishes and Blue Cheese, which incorporates the radish leaves as well as the root, and spritely Swiss Chard Salad. You’ll learn how to make great food from simple ingredients you have on hand, like Potato Nachos. You’ll discover recipes for less-familiar produce from your market or your backyard, such as Chicken with Garlic Scape Pesto and Dandelion Green Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing.

For more info: The Farm

This cookbook features more than 100 recipes for delicious breakfasts, snacks, wraps, main courses (with vegetarian options), and desserts. Learn how to make your own tortillas or use any store-bought brand and create an Avocado and Leek Omelet Wrap, Tortilla Soup, BLTA Tacos, Grilled Salmon Tostadas, a Duck Quesadilla or Ice Cream Tacos. Whether you stuff, wrap, bake, roll or fry it, the world is your tortilla!

For more info: Tortillas to The Rescue Cookbook


  1. What a great selection of books for gifts! Now how do I get my husband to find this list~ LOL!

  2. They all look interesting..

    I have been tempted for certain:)This is a great way to inspire..Thank you for the recommendations..

  3. I want every single book! Wonderful gift ideas!

  4. What an excellent cookbook selection! I don't have any of them, so maybe Santa will know that I was a very good girl this year and would bring me one of each! (Yea right, huh?)

    Merry Christmas Helene!


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