Books and Gifts for Foodies

If you've got food fans to buy for then look no further, we have loads of books and gift ideas for foodies to keep everyone happy. In amongst our gifts for chefs and bakers we have a range of fun things they can add to their kitchen. Alternatively, getting them a cookbook is a great idea - especially if they decide to let you try the tasty meals they'll be making! Whatever you think your food-loving friends and family members will love, we have lots of suggestions in our list of books and gifts for foodies.

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1. Grow Your Own Herbs Pot Pack

This set allows you to easily grow your own herbs to add to your home recipes. Included in the pack are basil, mint and parsley seeds, plus three terracotta pots, a growing guide book, a trowel and three wooden seed sticks.

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2. Mary Berry: Set of Four Cake Plates

Each of these four porcelain plates, part of Mary Berry's kitchenware range, features either a goose print or a patterned design. Simple but elegant, these plates would make lovely presents for your foodie friends.

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3. Retro Treats - Set of 3 Chalkboard Jars

These fun and colourful jars are great for people who like bringing a retro style to their kitchen. Each jar features a chalkboard heart so that you can write whatever you want on your jars, whether that be labels, messages or reminders, these jars would find plenty of use in anyone's home.

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4. Popcorn Tray

If you know someone that loves a movie night at home then they'd have a lot of fun with this tray. It has a vintage style and is spacious enough to hold all your movie snacks.

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5. Flamingo Storage Boxes: 3-Piece Set

These bright and fun Flamingo themed storage boxes are great as lunchboxes. In this 3-piece set each box is a different size and as they are made from bamboo, they are eco-friendly and have resealable lids. These are great as gifts for foodies who like taking their cooking creations with them on the go.

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1. Claridge's: The Cookbook

Martyn Nail and Meredith Erickson

Claridge's, one of London's most iconic hotels, have created this book to share their fine dining recipes with you to try at home. In this stylish book there are loads of gorgeous photographs to make your mouth water and a range of recipes for every meal of the day. There are breakfast, afternoon tea, main course and dessert recipes to explore, with the desserts including lemon meringue eclairs and the main courses including, of course, caviar. This is the perfect gift for foodies who want to try putting together a high-class menu.

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2. Primrose Bakery Celebrations

Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas

The Primrose Bakery is an incredibly popular cake shop in London and in this cookbook the founders of the bakery, Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas, show you how to bake the cakes that have made their cake shop so popular. The step-by-step recipes include bakes for children, cocktail-flavoured cupcakes for adults and a range of sweet and savoury recipes for every occasion. With guides on decorating your cakes and more, this book would work as a great gift for expert and novice bakers alike.

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3. The Big Family Cooking Showdown

This cookbook brings together the best recipes of the first series of The Big Family Cooking Showdown, the BBC's exciting new show. The series sees multi-generational family teams compete in a cooking competition where they must make their favourite recipes. This cookbook, therefore, features recipes that have been passed down through families, perfect for foodies that want to try making hearty new family meals.

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4. Homemade Memories

Kate Doran

Kate Doran, the writer behind the blog,, has written this tasty cookbook that aims to revisit the treats you loved as a child. With 100 recipes to try, including peanut butter jammie dodgers and triple chocolate caterpillar cake, all of Kate Doran's recipes have a fun, homemade quality to them. This book is the perfect gift for a foodie who loves making sweet treats.

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5. The Hairy Bikers' Chicken & Egg

Hairy Bikers

This book ties into the Hairy Bikers TV show where they used the meal staples, chicken and egg and created a range of tasty meals and treats. In their cookbook, Chicken & Egg, they teach you how to make a variety of recipes using these ingredients and more. With recipes including roasts, casseroles, pies, puddings and more, you'll be surprised at all you can make with chicken and egg.

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Whether you're looking to get your foodie friends a cookbook for a food-related gift, we've given you loads of ideas to keep them happy but if you still need more check out our range of cookbooks and gifts.

  • Popcorn Tray - Other - 5050993196445
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    Perfect for a movie night at home, this vintage-style and circular tray has enough space to not only hold your bag of popcorn and your drinks as well!

    Size: 300 x 300mm
  • Retro Treats - Set of 3 Chalkboard Jars - Other - 5050993196438
    • £7.99
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    These three gorgeous, little jars are perfect to keep in your store cupboard. They are dishwasher-safe and have chalkboards on them that can be used to write the contents or leave a note for a loved one.

    Dimensions: 120 x 255mm
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    The easy way to grow your own tasty supply of fresh herbs, this box is perfect for any would-be gardener. It includes seeds for basil, mint and parsley and also has three terracotta pots to grow them in.

    The set also includes a growing guide book, a trowel and three wooden seed sticks with names.

    Box size: 250 x 250mm
  • Primrose Bakery Celebrations - Hardback - 9780224086912 - Martha Swift
    • £5.99
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    This collection of brand new recipes from the talented bakers behind one of London's favourite cake shops, the Primrose Bakery, will help you create a range of cakes, cupcakes and treats to make every day a celebration with your friends and family. Learn how to throw Primrose-themed parties and follow the step-by-step illustrated guides to bake delicious and beautiful cakes for every age and any event, including sweet and savoury ideas, recipes for small children, and cocktail-laced cupcakes for grown-ups. Simple, tested and utterly delicious, each recipe has plenty of Primrose wit and even features brilliant ideas for how you can best decorate your creations. Perfect for parties and adding some sparkle to your everyday baking, this is a must-have book for avid cake-bakers from some of the best in the business.
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    Part of the Mary Berry range of kitchenware, this is a stunning set of porcelain plates that will look just as good as your home-made cakes taste.

    With a lovely goose print and a patterned design to choose from, they'll delight any lover of sweet treats.

    Dimensions: 200mm x 200mm x 60mm
  • HMEM
    • £6.99
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    In this incredibly nostalgic cookbook, Kate Doran brings to life the recipes and stories that have made her blog,, so popular.

    It contains simple recipes for 100 classic treats that will remind you of your childhood and many of them have been reinvented with an irresistible home-made twist, including peanut butter jammie dodgers, triple chocolate caterpillar cake and peach melba baked Alaska.
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    You'll have seen Si and Dave bring a whole new variety of flavours to the standard meal staple of chicken and egg in their latest hit BBC show. Now you can bring these tasty treats into your own home with the help of this tie-in cookbook.

    With recipes perfect for the whole family, this cookbook is bursting with chicken recipes and egg-based puddings and starters. The recipes are easy to follow and there also tips to swap ingredients and techniques to learn from.

    Featuring the Hairy Bikers at their best, this is a cookbook that shows how there is far more to chicken than you would expect. It truly is a show-stopping celebration of this traditional favourite - it shows you how to make roasts, bakes, pies, puddings, casseroles braises and so much more.
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    The Big Family Cooking Showdown showcased some of the finest meals the families of Britain had to offer and this accompanying cookbook is bursting with over 120 recipes from the BBC show.

    They range from hot-pots to fish and chips, curries and pasta that even top chef (and show judge) Giorgio Locatelli said he would be 'proud to serve in his restaurant'.

    Including all the best recipes from the hit series, many of which have been passed down through generations, this cookbook is packed full of mouth-watering photography.
  • Claridge's: The Cookbook - Hardback - 9781784723293 - Martyn Nail
    • £10.99
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    Claridge's is one of the iconic London hotels and this cookbook offers a glimpse inside the walls while also showing you how to recreate the fine dining on offer in your own home.

    Available with an unbelievable Book People saving off its RRP of #30, it's full of stunning photographs and places and makes a gorgeous gift book for anyone who likes the more glamorous side of life and fancies themselves as a foodie. There are even gatefold spreads that show the kind of treats on offer.

    From breakfasts to afternoon tea and main courses including caviar and roast rack of Kentish lamb to sweet desserts like lemon meringue eclairs and salted caramel peanut bars, there is so much to try. This book even has tips on hosting dinner for 100 and coming up with a cracking Christmas selection.
  • Flamingo Storage Boxes: 3-Piece Set - Other - 5060515910435
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    These dishwasher-safe lunchboxes come in three different sizes and feature a fabulous flamingo theme.

    Made from bamboo, they are eco-friendly and come with resealable plastic lids so that your food and snacks are kept moist and safe. The smaller size makes them perfect for transporting around, too.
    Sizes 160 x 160mm, 130 x 130mm, 110 x 110mm. Not suitable for microwave or oven use