Savvy Gift Guide: Foodies!

Looking for a little holiday shopping inspiration? We’ve got you covered, Savvy Readers! Today we’ve rounded up some of our favourite cookbooks for the foodies on your list. You’ll be begging anyone who unwraps one of these to have you over for dinner ASAP!

Jamie’s Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver


What’s your go-to comfort food? Mac n’ cheese? Burgers? Jamie’s Comfort Food has recipes that explain how to take a favourite and crank it up a notch. True to form, Jamie Oliver emphasizes flavour and freshness over labour intensive preparation, so these dishes are a pleasure to make. The book is elegantly bound and full of mouth-watering photos. Give the gift of cozy comfort food this season!

For a sneak peek, check out a recipe for Jamie’s Gorgeous Gado-Gado!

The Everyday Squash Cook by Rob Firing & Ivy & Kerry Knight

9781443424462Did you know that you can make pasta with squash? How about brownies? This book is perfect for your friend who’s always looking for a new favourite superfood. Filled with bright and fun photos, this book teaches you how to tackle those impressive gourds and easily turn them into meals. Watch Rob Firing fry up some squash bacon here!

Made in Quebec by Julian Armstrong


Julian Armstrong, longtime food writer for The Gazette of Montreal, has spent her career eating, cooking, thinking and writing about Quebecois food. Made in Quebec: A Culinary Journey is the result of those years of delicious effort. Quebec is home to a passionate foodie culture, and this book is a comprehensive celebration of the unique amalgamation of cultures that makes up Quebecois cuisine – plus the pictures are absolutely amazing! This would make a special gift for the proud Canadian or the foodie always on the hunt for the next best trend in food.

The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

9781443418669It’s always more fun when you let yourself make a bit of a mess in the kitchen. And Charmian Christie agrees! The Messy Baker is a down-to-earth guide to making some deliciously decadent no-fuss desserts. Give this to that friend who knows how to appreciate a good brownie and a bit of whimsy.

Want a sneak peek? Try a recipe for Peppery Pear And Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby!

You Gotta Eat Here Too! by John Catucci

9781443429481Do you know someone who just loves a good greasy spoon? Well John Catucci can relate! He has dedicated himself to finding the best hometown restaurants and hidden gems. He visits them all for his hit Food Network show, and now you can read all about even more finds in this collection! You Gotta Eat Here Too! paints a picture of the country’s most tempting eateries and the colourful characters that have made them legendary. Anyone with a penchant for hunting down the undiscovered will love unwrapping this book!

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

9780062252555Lisa Leake had had enough of the ‘food-like substances’ that her family was eating with processed foods. So she and family decided to completely overhaul their diets: only real food for 100 days – nothing processed or highly refined. And they were surprised to find how easy – and delicious – it could be! Lisa tells it like it is, and offers practical advice for shopping and cooking your way to cleaner eating. A thoughtful gift for anyone who wants to make the switch from freezer to fresh.

JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook


First of all – how gorgeous is the photography on the cover here? And there are plenty more pictures of Jamie Kennedy’s signature style of simple and elegant cooking inside. One of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, Jamie Kennedy is incredibly passionate about his work. In the elegant JK, he explores his inspirations and the restaurants that made him the chef he is today. Any aspiring chef will be inspired by this sure-to-be classic.

Me, Myself, & Pie by Sherry Gore


Amish food writer Sherry Gore has put together one of the most adorable and appealing cookbooks on pies. Filled with classic recipes like pecan pie that have been passed down and perfected through generations mixed in with some surprise modern twists like pie-pops, there’s something in here for everyone. She’s also included vignettes that highlight the beauty and simplicity of the modern Amish lifestyle. Give this book to a friend who will share their creations with you!

Check out a recipe excerpt for Candy Bar Pie (spoiler alert: YUM).

And that’s all for now, Savvy Readers! Are you drooling yet? Check back next week for even more gift-guides.

~ Susannah

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