Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift Guide: The Baker

June 30 (flour)
From Flickr User romanlily
She knows that the best way to anyone's heart is through their belly, especially if she touches a sweet tooth along the way. Whether a novice or a pro, honor her love for the sweeter things with innovative cookbooks, secret ingredients and tools of the trade for showing off her treats. Maybe she'll thank you with a nibble or two!

A new cookbook from the trailblazers behind Brooklyn's Baked bakery - Matt and Renato put their creative spin on everything from whoopie pies to waffles with delicious results. For a double feature, pick up their original book, Baked, featuring a sweet and salty cake out of your most mouth-watering dreams. Both available on Amazon.

A charming retro cake-topper from Bake it Pretty

A fantastic case of cupcakery - also from Bake it Pretty. This advanced set includes over 400 cupcake liners, sprinkles a piping kit and an offset spatula - all packaged up in a pretty paperboard suitcase.

The best thing since sliced bread - a tongue in cheek cake pan that offers up pbj poundcake and other sweet riffs on the sandwich. Available on Perpetual Kid.

 A cheery and bright vintage style kitchen timer, from Anthropologie.

A cheeky notebook for jotting down recipes on the run. Available on Amazon.

Quirky cool matryoshka measuring cups by Fred, just $12 at Urban Outfitters

A sweet (without being sickening) scent. Vanilla, coconut and and sugar made grown up with a hint of white musk. From Tokyo Milk

A no-fuss no-frills apron for serious baking, in blue ticking with a not so serious red twill tie. From thefabricsociety on Etsy.

A quick mix (or several)  from the Beverly Hills Bakery that started the cupcake craze. Sprinkles cupcake mixes in chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, lemon and banana. On Williams Sonoma

Cookie cutters of every description to fill her stocking, you can find them here.  

A cute cocktail ring from Etsy seller beautyspot.

A tale of tasty treats from blogger Orangette. This first book venture mixes heartfelt stories and homegrown recipes with delicious results. On Amazon.

A mitt that's a bit cutesy and kitschy from Paper Source

Sweet and simple letter-press recipe cards from Etsy seller confectionpress.

A gorgeous Vaseline glass cake stand. Not her color? Try jadeite or milk glass instead. On Fishs Eddy.

A sample pack of high-end vanilla from Nielsen Massey lets her taste the difference between Tahitian, Mexican and Madagascar Bourbon. Available at King Arthur Flour

Finally, Julie and Julia - the book and the movie, because I stand by the fact that both are fantastic in their own ways and that Meryl Streep makes the most divine Julia Child. Both available on Amazon.