Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Wine and Food:

For a quick bite, why not stay with a healthy snack? Nairns Oatcakes  biscuits are high in fiber. They are made with wholegrain oats to a wheat free recipe. They contain no hydrogenated fat, GM ingredients, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

From Brookstone,  the Aero™ Wine Aerator Releases wine’s full flavor and bouquet in seconds – the smarter, faster alternative to traditional decanting. Simply insert in bottle or glass and press button to aerate for 30 seconds. Oxygen softens tannins for smoother, better tasting wine. Includes 2 stems (long stem for full bottles, short stem for glasses) and storage stand. If you don't believe this product makes a difference, you are wrong - definitely something everyone should try!

Finding your favorite bottle of wine doesn’t have to be an exercise in pretension. In Uncorked (North Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books,  2012), Shelley Boettcher has collected 150 wines, all under $25! Filled with helpful hints and tips on which wine goes with which occasion, this book will demystify the world of cork-dorks. Each wine includes tasting descriptions, food pairings, label art, and average price.

For the fruit and veggie lover in your life (or for yourself!):

V Cuisine: The Art of New Vegan Cooking (North Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books,  2007) “isn’t just for vegans and vegetarians, it’s for people seeking fresh flavors, vibrant colors, and tones of fun.”

The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook (North Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books,  2012) is the only book you need to incorporate quinoa into a vegetarian diet. It features over 125 recipes, contributed by professional home economists, for quinoa-based meals that can take you right through the day.

Veggie Revolution: Smart Choices for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Planet (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Books,  2005), authored by the mother-daughter team of Sally and Sara Kate Kneidel, explores all aspects of the decision-making process while providing explicit detail and facts on the ills of typical American eating habits. This book provides a balanced perspective offering choices for all, plus a selection of delicious recipes for you to try vegetarian cooking for yourself.

Bring year-round beauty to your yard and luscious, organic fruit to your table with Landscaping with Fruit (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing,  2009). A plant-by-plant encyclopedia recommends 39 eye- and palate-pleasing species that are especially well-suited to home landscapes.

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(Disclaimer: I was sent these items for possible inclusion in this Gift Guide. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this post, or agree to use item in the Gift Guide. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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1 comment:

  1. Great, diverse list! And some ideas for the hubs--thank you.