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Gifts for food lovers

EatDrink Jr. just finished writing his Christmas list. The good news is, it doesn’t include a dog or an iPad. The bad news is, it includes a Furby. Looks like I’ll be needing some ear plugs if Santa brings one of those. As for me, my list consists largely of food-related stuff. Not gizmos or gadgets, but things like a good bottle of wine, some balsamic vinegar and a box of chocolates. In this week’s feature, I offered some ideas for holiday gifts for the food lover, most under $20. You can read about it all here.In the meantime, I’ll be posting some other gift ideas throughout December. I’ll start with some books that I’ve particularly enjoyed.

Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash, Fair Winds Press, $19.99. First of all, I love the layout of this book. There’s one recipe per page so you don’t feel bogged down in text and lots of color photos. Second, the recipes are interesting enough that you want to try them, but no so out of the norm that they feel like special-occasion dishes (i.e. Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato Planks, Arugula and Shrimp Salad with Orange Vinaigrette).

Food Blogging for Dummies by Kelly Senyei, Wiley, $24.99. I’ve been blogging about food for six years, but there’s always something new to learn. When people ask me how they can start a blog, this is one of the resources I suggest.

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne Sauvage, Chronicle Books, $24.95. I haven’t actually tried any of the recipes in this book yet, but I can’t wait. The photos are very appetizing and there are recipes for all the traditional wheat-heavy favorites like gingerbread cookies, pound cake, pumpkin pie, dinner rolls and even fried desserts like pizzelles and struffoli.