I think the biggest advantage of buying cookbooks instead of fiction books is once I read a novel and know the story I’m done with it and it just sits there collecting dust. Whereas a good cookbook can be used again and again. This is purely my opinion, I’m sure you might be reading the same novel again and again, I’m not judging you 🙂
So point of the matter is if you are in the market to buy a book for a food blogger, it is a great idea to buy a good cookbook. With so many books available, it is also a good idea to keep the interests of the said blogger in mind. For example, Amazon shipped us a ‘Paleo Diet‘ cookbook by mistake and asked us to keep it if we wanted it. I would have jumped up in joy if it was vegetarian/ vegan/ baking related. Paleo diet is completely foreign to me, so we sent it back. Knowing the interests is key.
My sister definitely knew my interest in baking and she recently bought me ‘Betty Crocker’s – The Big book of Cupcakes‘ cookbook. I like to bake cupcakes more than regular size cakes. They are easy to decorate and so much more easier to eat. Portion control is also easy 🙂
This past weekend was my sister’s birthday and she wanted a nutty cupcake like this Pistachio-Rosewater cupcake. I found these hazelnut cupcakes in the book she gifted me. The recipe is basically spiced up vanilla cupcake with chopped hazelnuts and topped with hazelnut-chocolate frosting. Original recipe had egg in it, so I used my basic vegan vanilla cupcake recipe and added the spices to jazz them up. Here’s how I made these cupcakes.
Hazelnut-Chocolate Frosting: This is a super simple frosting with semi-sweet chocolate chips and Nutella (or other chocolate-hazelnut spread).