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Posted by RG on 25th Nov 2021

Christmas Gift Guide (Part 3) - Food & Drink

Sweet Roasting Tin


Sambal ShiokIf the recent series of The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef have tempted you try some new recipes in the kitchen – or maybe you’re trying cooking for the first time – we’ve got a great selection for foodie lovers and beginners alike.

To begin with, can there be anything simpler than using one tin to cook a meal? It’s quick, easy and far less hassle than using up lots of pots and pans. If this sounds like a good idea, then you’re not alone. Rukmini Iyer’s Roasting Tin series has now sold over a million copies, one of which is  The Sweet Roasting Tin: One Tin Cakes, Cookies & Bakes.

For a more relaxed approach in the kitchen, there’s always  Weekend: Eating at Home: From Long Lazy Lunches to Fast Family Fixes by Matt Tebbutt, the host of BBC TV’s Saturday Kitchen. This features some easy suppers, push-the-boat-out Saturday night dinners – plus a little bit of decadence!

Nick says: “My most used has been Jane’s Patisserie this year. Jane’s Patisserie is a brilliant book for when you need a simple recipe that produces showstopping results –  Jane's Patisserieyou don’t need to be an expert to make beautiful and delicious bakes! I’ve already gifted one to my mother-in-law this year after she was eyeing up the cheesecakes in my copy and I have been so happy with the cakes and cookies I’ve been able to make. It’s an obvious choice for me to gift to anyone I know that has a sweet tooth.” 

If you fancy something more adventurous, then why not experience the tastes of Malaysia and India with these two stunning books: Sambal Shiok: The Malaysian Cookbook and Thali: A Joyful Celebration of Indian Home Cooking.


So, you’ve found something to cook, but you don’t want to spoil it with some cheap plonk. If you’ve ever searched for a bottle of wine in a supermarket, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed with the choice on offer. New World or Old? Red or white? Or perhaps a bottle of rosé instead? For some quick, no-nonsense advice, help is at hand with  Best Wines in the Supermarket 2022.

Best Wines for Supermarkets

Lastly, if you know someone that is gluten-free then you’ll really make their Christmas with one – (or both!) – of these books from Becky Excell who's been described as “the Queen of gluten-free baking” by non other than Nigella Lawson. Over years on social media she’s worked out how to cook delicious GF food (which is no mean feat) but she's also shared her knowledge in these two books she brought out this year: How to Make Anything Gluten Free and How to Bake Anything Gluten-Free.

If these books have whetted your appetite, then you might want to check out the Cookery section of our Christmas Shop here.

How to make anything gluten free How to bake anything gluten free