As more and more people are drawn to re-discovering the old skills of cooking-as well as saving money-there is a renewed interest in giving gifts which are handmade and tailored to the individual. While these gifts are sure to delight and impress, they are also exceedingly accessible to even the most novice of cooks, who will find tremendous satisfaction from creating thoughtful gifts for their friends and families.
By focusing on rich, complex flavors and simple techniques, everyone can pick up this book and quickly find the perfect
present. The entire process is covered-from buying the materials and ingredients, through to making the confection, and lovingly wrapping it up in an elegant, eye-catching package.
Easy-to-understand directions with several pointers are included for more advanced cooks to take their gifts to a new level of excellence.
Growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, Jess McCloskey was raised around home-cooking and traditionally made preserves. A love for slow-cooking and growing her own fruits and vegetables forms the basis of how she considers crafting gourmet gifts. Having spent several years living in different countries, she has developed a taste for combining flavours and drawing on different traditional recipes to create new and exciting dishes. She spends her time working on her homemade confections business, digging in her garden, and working as a writer.
* A mix of classic and modern recipes-from truffles to pepper steak relishes-showcasing sweet treats and savory snacks, with several impressive relishes and preserves included * Clear, easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied with helpful hints and tips written in a friendly, experienced style * Gorgeous full-color photography of each completed recipe shows clearly how impressive these gifts will be * Templates for making card boxes and how to make recycled containers let you create perfect presentation packages for these delicious gifts