Edible Gifts, Oh My!


From homemade candy and cookies to kombucha, kimchis, and more, everyone loves to eat and drink at the holidays, right?

Well, if you're tired of giving books as gifts (impossible, we know!), and you've checked out all of our favourite reading recommendations, along with The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year, then how about giving homemade food and drink for the holidays (with the help of some amazing cookbooks, of course)?

Last month, the Vancouver Public Library's Cook and Tell Cookbook Club hosted an edible gifts event, with participants bringing in a treat or two, made from books featured on this inspired list:

Food Gift Love: More Than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, & Share by Maggie Battista

Better Homes and Gardens Jams & Jellies: Our Very Best Sweet & Savory Recipes

Jerky Everything: Foolproof and Flavorful Recipes for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game, Fish, Fruit, and Even Vegetables by Pamela Braun

Brew Better Beer: Learn (and Break) the Rules for Making IPAs, Sours, Pilsners, Stouts, and More by Emma Christensen

Mastering Basic Cheesemaking: The Fun and Fundamentals of Making Cheese at Home by Gianaclis Caldwell

The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea by Hannah Crum

Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap

Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments, and More

The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ Sweet & Savory Recipes Reminding You to Always Eat Dessert First by Shelly Jaronsky

The Art of the Cookie by Shelly Kaldunski

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff

Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More by Marisa McClellan

Sally's Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-tooth Fix by Sally McKenney

A la Mere de Famille: Recipes from the Beloved Parisian Confectioner by Julien Merceron

Pop, Bubble & Fizz: Recipes for Homemade Drinks & Snacks by Tove Nilsson

The Complete Art & Science of Sausage Making: 50 Healthy Homemade Recipes from Chorizo to Hot Dogs by Tonia Reinhard

Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes by Kirsten Shockey

Rubs: Over 100 Recipes for the Perfect Sauces, Marinades and Seasonings by John Whalen

Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen: More Than 100 Culinary Inspired Presents to Make and Bake by Alison Walker

A la Mode: 120 Recipes in 60 Pairings: Pies, Tarts, Cakes, Crisps, and More by Bruce Weinstein

If cooking just isn't your thing, then giving a cookbook on its own also makes a terrific gift – and there's the added bonus of potential payback when the recipient invites you for dinner. Either way, wishing you a holiday season filled with happiness, great books, and delicious food!