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Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers

If you’re still trying to work out what to buy this Christmas, here are a few of my favourite food books from this year, as well as the things I have loved eating and using in my kitchen over the past twelve months. I’d be over the moon with any of these and what I really love about these presents is that they can all be eaten or have a real use day to day.

1. APRON – from the wonderful Enrich + Endure. Made of 100% Irish linen. I cook in mine time and time again and it only looks lovelier with wear.

2. SOURDOUGH + SEA SALT CHOCOLATE – from Pump St Bakery. Sourdough crumbs add pops of texture to this stand-out delicious chocolate, with an added crunch from sea salt crystals.

3. MODERN STEAMER – from Quitokeeto. An investment piece that is as beautiful as it is useful.

4. EAST LONDON JAM – from London Borough of Jam. Lillie does so many of all my time favourite combinations, including Blackberry + Bay, Rhubarb + Cardamom and Plum + Fennel Pollen.

5. VEGETARIAN CHEESEBOARD – good vegetarian friendly cheese can be hard to find, this is the best I have come across from the wonderful people at Farmdrop.

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6. THE VIOLET BAKERY COOKBOOK – failsafe baking from the brilliant Claire Ptak.

7. AT THE TABLE – an amazing yearly magazine, design-led, I know this will sit on my bookshelf for years to come.

8. STIRRING SLOWLY – Georgie’s book is filled with things I want to eat, cooking from the heart. It was one of my standout books of the last few years and is as beautiful as it is delicious.

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6. EARL GREY TEA – from The Rare Tea Company. My dessert-island tea choice would have to be this exquisite tin. It tastes bright and uplifting, like Earl Grey should.

7. CHUTNEYS – the lovely Kylee’s kitchen is not far from my house and I can vouch for these chutneys, the smell of them cooking always draws me in for a chat.  Lots of lovely choices to have with Boxing Day leftovers.

8. A HAMPER FULL OF CAKE – from Violet Bakery. Violet hampers have everything your sweet tooth could desire – from the best Ginger Molasses Cake imaginable, to a classic Christmas pud.

9. KITCHEN KNIFE – from Quitokeeto.  Classic and timeless. In fact, I’d like everything from Heidi’s site for Christmas please.

10. CHRISTMAS TREE SEA SALT – from Halen Môn the makers of my favourite ever salt from the crystal clear water of Isle of Anglesey. The sea salt makers have subtly captured Christmas in a salt it by smoking it over spruce, I have been adding it to roasted roots all December.

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11. EVERYTHING I WANT TO EAT – Squrl in LA has to be my favourite brunch spot in the world, and the long-awaited book doesn’t disappoint.

12. THE NEW VEGETARIAN – generous and beautiful offerings from friend and brilliant cook Alice Hart.

13. NEAR AND FAR – one of my all time favourites, Heidi’s gentle photographs are food for the soul and her food is stellar.

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