I am firmly of the opinion that you can never have enough books. I have bookcases bulging with books on every subject and a never ending pile of books that I must read. I would love live in a house with a library. The sort that has ladders that slide around the bookcases, comfy chairs, discrete reading lamps and a roaring log fire in the fireplace. I know plenty of people who are just like me, who hoard books and love nothing better than opening the pages of a new one. Recently I discovered The Beautiful Book Company gifting service. This is a gifting service that personalise and create book bundles allowing you to give a gift a bookwork will treasure. It is really simple to use, you can either choose to send a book a month for whatever length of time you choose or you can send a box of books. You then need to choose a category for the type of books the recipient would like and a fill in a few details about them. You can then sit back and relax knowing that beautifully wrapped books will be delivered each month which they will enjoy. The first book comes with a card that tells them who the gift is from.
I recently got a chance to try out the service and was sent one of the books from the Chef’s Collection. The book arrived securely wrapped in brown paper and inside it was beautifully wrapped in tissue paper tied with string. There was a gift card. It was exciting opening the tissue paper to find out what book was inside. After carefully unwrapping the package (well I actually ripped it) I found Natural – Wholesome recipes for pure nourishment. This is a book published by Paragon books which focuses on using natural and simple ingredients in your cooking to help boost your health and happiness. I have been trying to do more cooking from scratch recently so this was the perfect book to provide inspiration.
Natural – Wholesome recipes for pure nourishment.
Natural – Wholesome recipes for pure nourishment starts with an introduction which explains why it is good to eat natural foods and what foods are good choices for your body. It also describes each of the sections in the books and why they have been added. From healthy breakfasts to desserts, sauces and snacks they are all included. There is also a section on superfoods and why they are so super. Following the introduction there are eight chapters:
- Wake Up! – a section on energy boosting breakfasts
- Energy Fuelling Lunches
- Super Charged Snacks and Sides
- Dressings, Sauces and Dips
- A Feast of Vegetables
- Power Packed Protein
- The Sweet Stuff
- Healthy Nectars
Each section is filled with recipes that are beautifully set out. There is a small introduction at the top of each page under the recipe title, the method and a picture showing what the finished recipe looks like. The book has large pictures which I love in recipe books. It makes it so much easier to see what the dish looks like.
I found each of the chapters provided me with plenty of inspiration and looking though the book there were a lot of recipes I wanted to try. Sometimes with recipe books you look though and find hardly anything you fancy. These recipes all look lovely. I am going to be trying out some of the breakfast and lunch ideas in the near future. I find it hard to make healthy lunches to take to work and often just take sandwiches. I will definitely be trying some of the wrap and salad ideas in this book.
If you know someone who loves to cook The Beautiful Book Company Gifting Service would be a perfect gift idea. You can specify food preferences and experience level so that the books will suit them. The subscription comes in a three month package for £49.99, a six month package for £99.99 or a book box for £99.99. Don’t forget there are other subscription options so there is bound to be something for the person you want to treat. The Beautiful Book Company also has a gifting option for children which is a great idea.
If you are looking for cookery book ideas for Christmas presents The Nerdy Nummies cookbook would make an unusual and quirky gift. For a more special gift why not give a book with some chocolate, the Hotel Chocolat Festive Selection has some lovely ideas for chocolate lovers.