Cookbook Book Club: A Food Gift Love party!

For this month’s instalment of Cookbook Book Club (my once a month most months “cooking from the same cookbook” meal with Jan and Jenn)  we worked with the gorgeous Food Gift Love by food gift expert Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique.

foodgiftlove-cookbook-coverThis is a book celebrating Maggie’s enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted goods in which she hopes to inspire cooks, bakers, food enthusiasts and DIY fans to gift food year-round, not just for special occasions.

The book is inspired by some of the most popular posts on Eat Boutique, and includes: Homemade Chicken Stock; Vin d’orange; Cranberry Crumb Muffins; Candied Clementines; Red Wine Chocolate Truffles; Cranberry Vanilla Syrup; Rose Sugar; Basilcello; and Pickled Fennel and features:

  • over 100 edible gift ideas for every season and everyone – fresh gifts, pantry gifts, candies gifts, baked gifts, preserves and spirits
  • simple recipes and detailed wrapping instructions
  • tips for how to create your own Food Gift Love pantry so that you will always have something gift-able on hand when unexpected guests drops by
  • guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style
  • information on how to ship food gifts
  • advice for choosing what type of food gift to offer someone
  • a list of gift wrapping essentials as well as a comprehensive list of stockists and sources

According to Maggie, “a food gift is always well-received and never goes out of style.”

Jan, Jenn and I thought it was the perfect book to work from for our final Cookbook Book Club of the year. What better timing than the holiday to brush up on our edible gifts?

Both Jenn and I made beverages – I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to try the elderflower cocktail – a mix of elderflower liqueur and a simple lemon syrup.

Elderflower cocktail from Food Gift Love on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe mixed this with prosecco for a bright start to our gathering…

Elderflower cordial cocktail on eatlivetravelwrite.comInterestingly, the three of us each chose something chocolate-y to bring (because we weren’t just gifting the items, we would be enjoying them too!). I made the peanut butter balls and coated them in three types of chocolate:

Chocolate peanut butter balls from Food Gift Love on eatlivetravelwrite.comJenn made Irish cream truffles

Chocolate truffles from Food Gift Love on eatlivetravelwrite.comand Jan made the graham cracker toffee

Graham cracker toffee from Food Gift Love on eatlivetravelwrite.comJenn also brought grenadine (who knew homemade grenadine was so easy?)

Grenadine from Food Gift Love on eatlivetravelwrite.comTo counter all the sweetness, we each brought a cheese…

Cheese plate on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt was a lot of fun flipping through the book and choosing what to bring. Because it was not a straight “food swap” – we wanted to make sure we had some things to snack on as well as give each other – and because we weren’t serving a full meal – we figured the cheese board was a good idea to accompany our treats and beverages.  It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in early December before things get too crazy…

Food Gift Love is a beautiful book that will inspire you in the kitchen as well as in the gifting department. The photography is stunning and the book would not be out of place on a coffee table, though it’s such a good read that it would also work on a nightstand. And hey, perhaps my goal for next year should be to work on my gift wrapping (there are so many ideas and tips in the book, even for less-than-creative folks like myself!).

Interested in our Cookbook Book Club? So far we’ve enjoyed dinner with Marcella, dinner with Nigella, dinner with Ottolenghi, dinner with Maria Speck, dinner with Naomi Duguid, lunch with Jamie Oliver, a dessert party with Butter Baked Goods, dinner with Jacques Pépin, dinner with Smitten Kitchen, recipes from Rachel Khoo, we brunched with Donna Hay, dined with Mark Bittman, got together over a Gatherings-inspired baby shower brunch, dined with Simple Bites, cooked from Food 52’s Genius Recipes and ate dinner from The Broad Fork.




Order your copy of Food Gift Love for yourself on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store in or closest to your country) or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository.





Disclosure: I received a copy of Food Gift Love for review purposes. I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions 100% my own and I only recommend products that I really love.

1 thought on “Cookbook Book Club: A Food Gift Love party!”

  1. Okay Jan, that graham cracker toffee was super! I had to stop from eating the entire care package you sent home with Mardi with my morning coffee…

    (Can’t comment on the other two sweets, seeing as only Jan provided a Mr. Neil selection; sniff, sniff.)

    The elderflower liqueur would likely be a great mix with the Prosecco.


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