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I always love receiving books at Christmas. Whether you opt for fiction or non-fiction, a new book is always a fantastic gift.
So in this gift guide, I’ve rounded up some of the great books on offer this Christmas time. I’ve picked out some fabulous cookbooks, wonderful novels, and exciting travel books.
I’d be happy to unwrap any of these books on Christmas morning. But if you’re really struggling to choose, you could always opt for an Amazon Gift e-voucher* or gift card. You can choose from a range of card designs, and pick the amount that you want to give them. Click here to take a look at the range of card designs available*
And as an added bonus one lucky SallyAkins.com reader will win a bundle of three fabulous cookbooks to start off 2019 in culinary style.
Food and Drink
The Mushroom Cookbook – Michael Hyams and Liz O’Keefe
This beautifully-illustrated book by the well-known Mushroom Man is a guide to edible fungi. There is a directory of wild and cultivated fungi, and a collection of tempting recipes. First discover the local and imported mushrooms available in greengrocers, farmers markets, and supermarkets. Then explore 50 mouthwatering ways to cook them.
A beautiful portrait gallery of the different mushrooms offers ideas for making the most of each one, grouped by season. Suggestions include Pulled Rabbit and Morel Ravioli, Chestnut Mushroom and Mousseron Tart, and a Gourmet Mushroom Burger.
Home-made Cheese – Paul Thomas
This gorgeous book proves that cheesemaking is simple enough to try at home. Start off with some of the easier dairy products like butter, crème fraiche and paneer before moving on to the Mozzarella, Cheddar and Camembert.
Home-made Cheese will impart the home cheesemaker with a broad foundation of knowledge. Paul Thomas has thought of everything in this book: from do-it yourself alternative equipment, and food safety information, to the ingredients and processes involved in cheesemaking.
Regional Italian Cookbook – Valentina Harris
Italian cuisine is famous for bold flavours, seasonal ingredients and vibrant colours. It’s no wonder that it has repeatedly been voted the world’s favourite cuisine. But there is much more to this nation’s food than the ubiquitous pasta, pizzas and risottos offered at many restaurants.
Regional Italian Cookbook is a large, deluxe hardback culinary tour of Italy including Lombardy, Liguria, Tuscany, Campania, Sicily and more.
This comprehensive book by Italian-cooking expert Valentina Harris is a must-have reference for anyone who is passionate about cooking authentic Italian food.
Grow Happy, Cook Happy, Be Happy – Bryony Hill
Grow Happy, Cook Happy, Be Happy is packed with practical gardening advice, and mouth-wateringly easy-to-make recipes to help you feel happy inside and out. Bryony Hill guides you on a seasonal journey from garden to kitchen in her own unique, friendly and relaxed style.
This 256-page book is packed with plenty of photographs taken within Bryony’s own kitchen and garden. It’s a beautiful book that taps into our growing desire to become more self-sufficient and enjoy real food.
The Love Detective – Angela Dyson
Clarry Penhaligon hasn’t quite got the hang of being an adult. She’s doing a bit of waitressing, and living pay cheque to pay cheque. The only bit of stability in her life is the cottage left to her in her grandmother’s will. But she is a good friend, and she listens whenever her friend Laura come around with tales of another disastrous relationship. Which happens a lot!
So when Laura offers to pay Clarry to snoop into her latest flame’s background, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe this is her true vocation?
Angela Dyson’s debut novel is also the first novel featuring Clarry Penhaligon, aka The Love Detective.
Appetite – Anita Cassidy
Appetite is, first and foremost, a book about love. It is about how people manage their relationships with food, and sex, and other people, and how to take that first step towards change, by becoming more self-aware.
Appetite holds a mirror up to society’s fascination with food, particularly sugar. It looks at how many of us use food, or drink, or the Internet as distractions from the sadness we have inside.
The book challenges the reader to understand the hopes, fears and desires that drive us all beneath the surface. Through this, the story helps to connect us with each other.
In The Fast Lane – Lotte Moore
It’s a family saga that reveals the craziness and triviality of life ‘in the fast lane’. Serena runs a high-end interior design business for the West London elite, while husband Lang is entangled in corruption in his high-flying City job. Vivi is a therapist with serious doubts about her marriage to internationally-renowned concert pianist Theo.
At least their brother, Jonty, seems to have found a happy balance as a forester in Oxfordshire. Meanwhile his wife Cheryl runs a riding school for the disabled.
Their mother, Beady, finds an unexpected new role as the cornerstone of the family, when catastrophe strikes for her grown-up children. In The Fast Lane is an emotional, moving tale of suddenly being needed again in old age, written by prolific 82-year-old author Lotte Moore.
The Not So Perfect Plan to save Friendship House – Lilly Bartlett
Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.
When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.
Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone. The women aren’t about to let that happen.
Wartime at Woolworths – Elaine Everest
Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind… With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them?
Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family.
Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends.
With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?
Travel and Adventure
The Gemstone Detective: Sri Lanka – Kim Rix
This travel guide is for anyone considering a trip to the beautiful country of Sri Lanka in search of a special memory to treasure forever. Written by gemmologist (GIA) and professional photographer Kim Rix, this unique book unveils how you can become a ‘Gemstone Detective’ on your next adventure.
It is a mine of expert advice and practical tips to help you better understand the gemstone and jewellery market.
The ‘Gemstone Detective’ series provides advice and easy-to-follow steps to help travellers avoid the pitfalls, disappointments and scams of a bad buying decision. It’s ideal for for anyone who wants to experience the fun, excitement and romance of buying unique and beautiful gems or jewellery around the world.
The World is Never Enough – Sarah Donohue
A thrill-seeker by day and glamorous showgirl by night, Sarah Donohue believes in living out her dreams and living life to the full bringing colour and laughter to the lives of everyone around her.
Even after a high-speed powerboat crash putting her on a life-support machine, Sarah didn’t let dying for four minutes or a face held together by titanium plates dampen her spirits. The crash was documented as one of the worst crashes seen in powerboat racing history yet Sarah returned back to racing. BBC’s ‘999’ and ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ even hired her as the stuntwoman to re-enact her own near fatal experience. Soon after she became the European powerboat champion.
Her journey of triumph over adversity is both inspiring and extreme.
And one lucky SallyAkins.com reader will win this fabulous foodie cookbook bundle worth £54.99
Thanks to Literally PR, the winner of my new Christmas giveaway will receive one copy each of The Mushroom Cookbook, Home-made Cheese and The Regional Italian Cookbook!
This selection of cookbooks that would be perfect for anyone who loves cooking and good food. Or perhaps for someone who wants make cooking their new hobby in 2019.
Of course, entering the giveaway is as simple as ever. You just need to log into the Rafflecopter below and answer the simple question. And there are additional bonus social media entries that you can use to boost your chance of winning.
This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Entries will close at 11.59pm BST on 7th December 2018.
And the question you need to answer to enter this giveaway is: What is your signature dish – the one that you can always rely on?