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Whipping up delicious edible gifts for any occasion is a snap with this fun cookbook and packaging guide. From easy-to-follow recipes to creative presentation ideas, you’ll find everything you need to make special, personal gifts that taste great and look terrific. Step-by-step, professional food presenter and recipe developer Andrea Swenson shows you how to whip up tasteful ...
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Overview

Whipping up delicious edible gifts for any occasion is a snap with this fun cookbook and packaging guide. From easy-to-follow recipes to creative presentation ideas, you’ll find everything you need to make special, personal gifts that taste great and look terrific. Step-by-step, professional food presenter and recipe developer Andrea Swenson shows you how to whip up tasteful delights for every holiday and occasion, including:
  • Scrumptious chocolate candies, cakes and sauces
  • Delicious cookies of every description
  • Savory sauces and condiments
  • Dreamy cakes, pies breads, scones and pretzels
  • Edible and non-edible wrappings for your food gifts

Each chapter of Gifts From the Kitchen For Dummies gives you everything you need to get through the 75 recipes featured—from the basics of kitchen craft to more complicated preparation techniques. Here’s just a small sampling of the eye-popping, mouthwatering treats you’ll learn to make:

  • Cranberry-walnut monkey bread, pineapple-ginger scones and prosciutto-fig quick bread and
  • Pecan-cream pound cake and buttermilk-streusel coffee cake
  • Chocolate truffles, piña colada candies and candy sushi
  • Banana-mango chutney, grainy apricot mustard and scallion butter
  • Almond and date mandlebrot, eggnog cookies, crispy cappuccino froths
  • Strawberry-pineapple jam, sweet onion marmalade and pear-cranberry compote
  • Almond paste “wrapping paper,” chocolate nest, pastillage containers
  • Barbecue almonds, red pepper humus, South-of-Somewhere Salsa
  • Lemon-lime icebox pie, plum-almond tart, orange cannoli pie

Expressive your love and delight your friends and family with the tasty, attractive, homemade treats you’ll find in Gifts From the Kitchen For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554520
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Swenson is a formally trained chef, cooking teacher, and amateur food historian. She has worked as a food stylist and recipe developer for food companies, television, and print publications.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started: The Why, What, When, and How.

Chapter 1: It's More Than the Thought That Counts.

Chapter 2: To Market, To Market: Stocking Your Pantry.

Chapter 3: Selecting Tools for Your Kitchen.

Chapter 4: Technique 101.

Part II: Magnificent Mouthfuls.

Chapter 5: Chocolate: Life Vest for the Soul.

Chapter 6: Sweet Celebrations.

Chapter 7: Cookies and Their Cousins.

Part III: Over the Top: Flavorful Sauces and Spreads.

Chapter 8: We've Got You Covered: Sauces, Syrups, and Flavored Butters and Sugar.

Chapter 9: Preserving the Seasons: Gems under Glass.

Part IV: Into the Mixing Bowl.

Chapter 10: Let Them Eat Cake . . . and Pies.

Chapter 11: A Loaf of Bread and Thou.

Chapter 12: Hearty Party Fare: Dips, Spreads, and Cheesy Things.

Chapter 13: Mixes - the Gift of Time.

Part V: Tying Up Loose Ends: Wrapping, Packaging, and Mailing.

Chapter 14: Wrap Rap.

Chapter 15: Over the River and Through the Woods: Delivering the Goods.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Great Gift Baskets.

Chapter 17: Ten-Plus Web Sites to Shop for Food and Inspiration.

Chapter 18: Ten-Plus Places to Buy Cooking Gear and Wrapping Supplies.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    Perfect Timing!

    This book couldn't have come out at a more perfect time! Recently retired, I've been enjoying spending time in the kitchen, but have gotten bored with regular cooking and baking, so I was delighted by the opportunity to try a new spin on kitchen projects. And this book measures up! It's a cross between cooking and the arts and crafts I did as a kid, and I'm having a great time! It's fun to read, and fun to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    This book is great for beginners!

    This book was written for beginners like me, who are intimidated even by cookbooks, since they usually require some base level of knowledge. This one doesn't! The author laid out the basics in a clear, unintimidating and straightforward way that has made me feel a lot more confident. She then spelled out fun recipes that wind up tasting and looking great! I've even tried the section on chocolate-making -- something I never thought I'd be able to do! I'm buying this book as a preChristmas gift for my friends and sisters, so they can use it to make Christmas gifts.

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