Bake the Book: Edible DIY

[Photograph: Steve Legato]

As the saying goes, "'Tis better to give than receive." But at this time of year, all that generosity starts to add up. Before long, you're giving 'til it hurts. Why not offset some of that holiday pressure and unwind in the kitchen? If you follow the suggestions from Serious Eats contributor Lucy Baker, you'll end up with presents, to boot.

Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share is exactly what it says on the cover. There's an entire year of seasonal and holiday-appropriate treats inside, from traditional (like New Year's Day), to the more general (your standard dinner party, or kid's birthday). They're sorted by chapter, with the always-convenient use of adjectives as titles. If something crunchy, boozy or sweet seems to suit the occasion, turn to pages 24, 50, or 74, respectively.

Though there are plenty of sweets contained in those chapters, as you'll see with our selected recipes, the savories offered are just as compelling. We've chosen to feature the salty, peppery Cacio e Pepe Crackers, but beyond that, there's an entire feature on spiced and salted nuts, as well as flavored salts. Also, the Cranberry Champagne Jam with Ginger is just one of several promising jams and jellies (the Fig and Onion Marmalade was a close second to the Cranberry).

Of course, it doesn't need to be somebody's birthday or major holiday to try one of these recipes. We'll also be featuring Spicy Pumpkin Seed Pecan Brittle and Pecan Granola Bars; two recipes that are appropriate anytime, anywhere.

Take a load off your wallet and exercise your creative skills with Edible DIY: you'll feel like Santa all year round.

Win A Copy!

Thanks to the generous folks over at Running Press, we are giving away five (5) copies of Edible DIY this week.

All you have to do is share your favorite DIY gift in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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