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Follow the adventures of a single female diner as she navigates her way through all things dining related. Tina Patterson (aka Technicolorgirl) is a long time food enthusiast who enjoys exploring all things dining related – cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and events, exploring restaurant menus, and more. She credits... Read more

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To gift or not to gift?

The holidays are up on us and so is the pursuit of find a gift for a friend, loved, one or colleagues. Recently a friend asked me for suggestions about which gift to give a person she described as a “foodie”.  I wasn’t certain what exactly that meant ( i.e., does the person enjoy cooking, baking or dining out?) so I made several suggestions that I will share with you.

In general, I think a cookbook is a thoughtful gift for anyone who enjoys cooking or baking. I realize that some of the books are now available as apps, but I enjoy thumbing through the pages of the cookbook.

For someone who is just learning to cook a comprehensive cookbook is a wonderful way to discover cooking. I’ve had two of the cookbooks below for decades and still use them to determine emergency substitutions and variations on how to prepare a dish.

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For the cook who wants to experiment preparing cuisine of another country, consider purchasing a cookbook featuring the cuisine of a country they’ve enjoyed or are curious about.

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For the person who is interested in vegetarian cooking or becoming  a vegetarian, a cookbook focused on vegetarian dishes is a good choice.

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For the person who has a favorite local chef that has written a cookbook, consider buying the cookbook and inquiring whether the chef would sign the book. Many chefs are flattered by the request and appreciate the book sale.

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For the person who wants a basic understanding about wine, consider the book, “Wine for Dummies”. I still use the copy given to me years ago.

On a budget? Consider the bargain books section of the bookstore. Sometimes previous editions of a cookbook are available at reduced cost.  Theme or destination cookbooks compiled by a publisher are frequently available in the bargain book section.

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If you know for certain the person enjoys baking or cooking, is there a gadget they would love to own that won’t break your budget?  For example a sharpening steel can be purchased for under $20.  I received this adorable garlic mincer from my friend Ally- I use it often.2014-11-23 12.27.45

Gift certificates to cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and restaurants are another option as well as.

My friend sounded relieved after I shared the suggestions. What other holiday gifts you would suggest for a “foodie”? Share your suggestions below in the comments.

Be well,

Technicolor girl

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Tina Patterson

About Tina Patterson

Follow the adventures of a single female diner as she navigates her way through all things dining related – cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and events, exploring restaurant menus, and more! Trip Advisor Top Contributor. Open Table Top 250 Contributor.

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