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Liz from Cumbria

Thoughts please?

My SIL is a very competent cook and, like me, she has most of Delia's books. I was thinking of buying her Jamie's 30 minute meals for Christmas for inspirational rather than slavishly following recipe purposes. I know she doesn't have this particular book BUT although I see this particular SIS several times a year I'm not sure how she'd feel about a Jamie book. When I was perusing a Nigel Slater book on her shelves a couple of years ago, she told me to take the book with her compliments (it had been a gift to her) but she used Nigel's book as reading material rather than used it as a cookbook (it's had great use in my kitchen!) However, I'm wondering if I buy her the Jamie book it will end up as a "passed on" gift somewhere down the line. Mind you, I've enjoyed Nigel's book and when I've cooked for SIL from that book, she's asked me for the recipe!!! Last time we saw her and BIL, Delia's Complete Cookery Course was perused "just to check" a couple of times. Thoughts appreciated as to whether Jamie's book is a good idea?

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Thoughts please?

It's a toughie, although I am sure what ever you buy she will appreciate the gesture, without actually asking you can't be sure it is a book she will use or enjoy.

Personally I don't like getting domestic things as presents, as I have quite clear ideas as to what I want, and also, it feels a bit depressing. You know, when everyone else gets sparkly fun things, and the housewife gets a kitchen thing. It can be a very nice kitchen thing, but it still says housework.

Ask her what she'd like maybe?

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Liz from Cumbria

Ask her...

I've tried that ES - answer was "oh I can't think of anything I really want" and yes, I have tried the "why don't we not bother with gifts for each other to get the reply "oh, it's so lovely to have a gift to open that is really a surprise" - arggghhhhh. Would buy her her favourite perfume but she could stock a shop with it herself and if I gave her a bit of sparkle, it would probably go to the next jumble sale (or today's equivalent of). Sad thing is that she has no hobbies but she's one of those who never sits still, she still works full time and cooks, cleans etc and occasionally reads "when she has a minute". People could buy me a crossword book and I'd be thrilled, not so SIL "don't have time dear!"

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Thoughts please?

Hmmmm yes, I can see my previous answer was completely unhelpful! She does sound a difficult customer.

Thinking again... you can probably work out if she is a Jamie fan by whether she watches his programs, has any of his other books, or has ever mentioned or cooked a Jamie recipe for you. It sounds like she has favourites, so might well have treated herself to a book already if he was on the list.

Other than a book, something consumable? Does she like gourmet products? A special cheese from Neal's yard? My standby for awkward customers is a beautiful bunch of flowers delivered to the door. I think all ladies secretly love flowers, even if they claim not to, and you can make it very personal if you know her favourite flowers.

Christmas is SUCH hard work isn't it!!!!

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JAMES

Thoughts please?

Hmmm, she sounds a difficult customer!

The Jamie book is a nice gift, and people should see it for what it is, a nice thoughtful gift, especially as you say, she still works full time, so getting a decent meal on the table in not too much time would surely be something she would be interested it. I appreciate she's been doing that for years, but we all need some fresh ideas don't we?


You can't control what she does with it, you just have to bear in mind that you thought about it and selected something you hoped she would enjoy.

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Thoughts please?

Yes, a bit tricky indeed.

But... Why don't you take the risk and buy the book, but write a Christmas message inside it (particularly as it has recipes in she had previously asked for), and then at least you know she won't give it to someone else!

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Liz from Cumbria

Good idea Nor

but I've been doing some sleuthing with her family and I've discovered that she does NOT have Delia's Happy Christmas - problem solved as I know she'll be happy to receive a Delia cookbook she doesn't have. I will write a Christmas message inside but she'd never pass a Delia book on anyway. I'm glad I asked niece to check on the QT for me.

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JaneMR

Christmas present for SIL

If you are not sure about a cook book, what about some special ingredients? Truffle oil, VG EV Olive oil, speciality vinegars? Or something really obscure for fun.

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sam from worthing

thoughts please

have you thought of suggesting she do an amazon wish list?

i have used amazon for many years, and have had a wish list for as many years, and my friends and family have found it very useful, they get you either from amazon or from another shop the exact item you want, or a very similar from another department store for example - and if they "check" the box, the item dissappears from your list - but you don;t know who has got it for you.

I managed to persuade several members of my family to set up a wish list this year - and its proved invaluable, especially for those who say, oh i don;t know what i want - oh get me nothing etc etc blah blah.....there is always something........ or get amazon vouchers. or book tokens maybe, popped inside a mini hamper comtaining some oils and flavoured salts and peppers etc, or a new set of wooden sppons type thing.

i think its a fabulous tool. and if you then shop at amazon via delias shop, that helps keep this site free to all to use.

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Liz from Cumbria

Sam....

"have you thought of suggesting she do an amazon wish list?"

She uses a computer rarely and isn't connected to the net in any case - strange but true! Good thought though and yes, I'm aware that going to Amazon via here gives the site a few pennies and do it myself. However, as stated earlier in the thread, did some sleuthing and she doesn't have Delia's Happy Christmas so that's what I've decided upon and I know that she will like it.


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GingerNut

Problem presents for cooks

How about a years a subscription to Good Food Mag or something foody, as you said she's a keen cook and reads a little. Everyone loves a magazine when they have 5 mins!

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GingerNut

Problem presents for cooks

How about a years a subscription to Good Food Mag or something foody, as you said she's a keen cook and reads a little. Everyone loves a magazine when they have 5 mins!

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Gravy Queen

Books for Cooks

You can't go wrong with the Delia Happy Christmas book, its a treasure of a book.

Just to let you know on the Jamie one though - I have it and I absolutely love it. The meals really are quick to do and the ones I have made so far have been fabulous.

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Rose Water

Jamie's Book

I think magazine subsriptions are a brill present.
A word about Jamie's book. I love it and have had great fun doing the menus, however you mentioned earlier about not slavishly following recipes,well in this case I think you have to. It is the only way they work. For me it doesn't matter too much about the 30 minute time schedule but it does make me produce several dishes at the same time and takes me out of my comfort zone. Great fun and mostly great results.

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Nausea Bagwash

Jamie's

"I think magazine subsriptions are a brill present.
A word about Jamie's book. I love it and have had great fun doing the menus, however you mentioned earlier about not slavishly following recipes,well in this case I think you have to. It is the only way they work. For me it doesn't matter too much about the 30 minute time schedule but it does make me produce several dishes at the same time and takes me out of my comfort zone. Great fun and mostly great results."
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I looked at Jamie's book with a view to buying myself a present but put it back on the shelf. It's very attractive with lots of photographs and the recipes and the concept are interesting but I don't think its really an experienced cook's book.

If I was buying it as a gift I think I'd be giving it to one of my young cousins who is in her last year at uni and is just getting interested in cooking and has started cooking for her friends.

 
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