Posted 21st Nov 2014
We uncover the top 10 books that your loved ones will enjoy this festive season...
For the gluten-free foodie
As the winter nights fast approach and the smell of Christmassy baking takes hold of our kitchens, cooks are turning to the Gluten-Free Christmas by Hannah Miles for inspiration this December. Filled with gluten-free goodies for all to enjoy, such as banana salted caramel tartlets, mini pecan pies and Christmas fancies, Gluten-Free Christmas is the ideal way to enjoy the festive season without anyone feeling left out. Perfect for gluten-free newbies or anyone catering to gluten-free guests this Christmas.
Gluten-free Christmas by Hannah Miles, published by Ryland Peters, is available to purchase on Amazon or at www.rylandpeters.com, RRP £9.99.
LandLove readers can purchase Gluten-free Christmas for the special price of £7.99 and free p&p. To purchase please call Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699, quoting 'GLR J4J'. Expires 24th December 2014.
For the flower enthusiast
Have you ever glanced upon a beautiful rose and wondered where it got its name? From Cornelia Africana to Nur Mahal and Gertude Jekyll to Constance Spry, the roses that sit proudly in our gardens were inspired by an array of women who were once queens, aristocrats, duchesses, pioneers and even passionate gardeners. Each flower's story is illustrated with portraits of these influential women and striking imagery, the perfect gift for a friend who has a passion for a stunning rose.
Women in my Rose Garden by Ann Chapman, published by Palazo, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £14.99.
For the historian
The diversity of England and its various counties and titles, Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the lesser used British Isles, can seem like a confusing place and, in order to demystify it, Matthew Engel travelled around its 39 counties. Visiting Essex, Wiltshire, Kent and the capital city, among others, Engel's England takes you county by county through each places history, learning about his beloved country and just how unique it really it is. A history buff's dream pressie this Christmas.
Engel's England by Matthew Engell, published by Profile Books, is available to buy from www.profilebooks.com, RRP £20.
LandLove readers can purchase Engel's England for the special price of £16 including p&p. To order please call Profile Books on 020 7841 6313, quoting 'LandLove Offer'. Expires 31st December 2014.
For the insect identifier
Often we catch a glimpse of red, blue or green colours fluttering by as we stroll through gardens or enjoy a walk in the nearby woodland, however many are camouflaged by their impressive markings and you may just miss them. Seeing Butterfilies by Philip Howse is an insight into the world of butterflies, their patterns and colourings, as well as mimicry and their use of illusion. A beautifully detailed book, using exquisite imagery of butterflies displaying their vibrant colours and detailed wings. This would be a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys the uniqueness and beauty of a butterfly.
Seeing Butterflies by Philip Howse, published by GMC Group, is available to buy from www.thegmcgroup.com, RRP £16.99.
LandLove readers can purchase Seeing Butterflies for the special price of £12.74 plus p&p. To order please call 01273 488005, quoting 'R4722'. Expires 31st December 2014. Please note that p&p is £2.95 for the first item and £1.95 for each additional item.
For the baker
Exploring the process of mindful baking, reconnecting with the ingredients by using your hands and focusing on judging proportions is all covered in Julia Ponsonby's, The Art of Mindful Baking. A conversational and engaging book that gives a well-rounded view of baking with a more hands-on approach, such as a chapter on 'Using our hands', as well as providing a more enlightened view of the act of baking. Not just a recipe book but a guide to the different elements involved in the process of making bakes, The Art of Mindful Baking gives you a better understanding of the physical, mental and social benefits of baking for a beginner or seasoned pro.
The Art of Mindful Baking by Julia Ponsonby, published by Leaping Hare Press, is available to buy from Waterstones and all good book shops, RRP £8.99.
For the egg-cellent cook
The egg, a simple, natural ingredient that can be used in a myriad of ways, whether eaten on its own or combined with other ingredients to become part of something bigger, the egg is a versatile food that can make or break a dish. Michael Ruhlman, author of Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient, knows all too well that the egg is a staple in any household and, as such, has provided more than 100 recipes showcasing eggs at their best. From a simple fried egg or poached in water to being used in custard and incorporated into nougat, Egg features step-by-step instructional photographs and detailed recipes, as well as an illustrated egg flowchart which details the many uses of the egg, whether its boiled, coddled or separated – perfect for any egg-lover.
Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredientby Michael Ruhlman, published by Jacqui Small publishing, is available to buy at www.jacquismallpub.com, RRP £25.
For the traveller
As the second most visited National Park in Britain, the Peak District offers keen walkers stunning views, history and gorgeous wildlife across six of the country's counties. Peak District: Walks with History by Dennis Kelsall encompasses the top 10 walks hidden within the boundaries of this vast patch of land, offering readers the chance to explore each walk, what will be seen and an exact route. A pocket-sized companion for anyone who enjoys the fresh air and exercise that comes with an exciting and historic walk.
Peak District: Walks with History by Dennis Kelsall, published by Northern Eye Books, is available from www.top10walks.co.uk, RRP £5.99.
For the bacon-lover
The delicious and unmistakable aroma that comes from cooking bacon is one of life's many joys for meat lovers. The succulent pieces teamed with a slice of thick cut bread and drizzled with sauce is a comfort food, a hangover cure or a Sunday treat. However, though a highly appreciated meat, bacon's versatility is often left unacknowledged. Bacon: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating by Theresa Gilliam brings bacon to life, with instructions on curing and smoking it in the comfort of your own home, before making scrumptious recipes, both sweet and savory. Whether its bacon and cheddar scones, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloins with a pomegranate glaze or a bacon Manhattan cocktail, Bacon is the perfect gift for a meat enthusiast.
Bacon: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating by Theresa Gilliam, published by Jacqui Small Publishing, is available to buy from www.jacquismallpub.com, RRP £25.
For the literary admirer
Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl or Virginia Woolf? Ever wondered how their captivating masterpieces were brought to life and where their own inspiration came from? The Writer's Garden is a window into the world of these literary greats, taking you back through time to the gardens that helped mould the landscapes of their novels and poems. Visit Hill Top and discover Beatrix Potter's paradise, Chartwell where Winston Churchill made his mark or Walter Scott's scenic Abbotsford. Find out which locations birthed your favourite writer's famed works, and enjoy beautiful photographs of the places they spent their time.
The Writer's Garden by Jackie Bennett, published by Frances Lincoln, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £25.
LandLove readers can purchase The Writer's Garden at the special price of £20 and free p&p (mainland UK). To order please call 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting 'APG269' and your name and address. Expires 31st December 2014.
For the flavour raver
Adding a touch of flavour to dishes is something the English is not known for, however Tracklements: Savoury Preserves by Guy Tullberg and Beck Vale challenges this notion, showing you how to make the best handmade accompaniments for meat, cheese or fish. From pickles to chutneys, Tracklements uses the best ingredients to produce flavoursome preserves. Partnered with delicately drawn illustrations and striking photographs of jars brimming with preserves, this book will guide you to a more flavour-filled menu and tingle your taste buds at the same time.
Tracklements: Savoury Preserves by Guy Tullberg and Becky Vale, published by Pavilion Books, is available to buy in all good book shops, RRP £16.99.
LandLove readers can purchase a copy of Tracklements: Savoury Preserves for the special price of £13.00 including free UK p&p. To order please call 0844 576 8122, quoting 'C1883'. Expires 24th December 2014.
By Lauren Morton