Sure, there aren't any surprises, but I do wind up with exactly what I want.
This year I went a little overboard on books, buying new cookbooks and design/DIY books all fall.
These are my favorites, in case you have a few gift cards to use up in the new year.
I love every single Barefoot Contessa cookbook, so this year I bought Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. Her desserts are always my favorites, and this cookbook is full of easy, you-can-totally-do-it recipes.
As I mentioned in my post on meatball, chard, and white bean soup, I'm in love with Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table. I love the writing, the ease that the recipes are presented, and the idea of cooking and eating together as a family.
Another favorite food blog with a new cookbook out, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook does a great job on everything, especially comfort foods, baked goods, and she makes everything in her tiny NYC kitchen!
Then I took Emily Henderson's advice, and bought a trio of design books which I devoured instantly.
Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors
Then, another favorite, for printing the actual budgets of projects is Home by Novogratz.
Any others I should gift myself?
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