My Christmas Wishlist for 2015 - Unique Gifter

My Christmas Wishlist for 2015

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Ah Christmas.  The time to write letters to Santa.

My Christmas Wish List for 2015 - I bet you would love some of this stuff too!

Or, when you’re older, to send emails to your siblings, parents and in laws, when they message you asking what you would like for Christmas.

Then, you put on your thinking cap, because they want to have choices, not a one-item wishlist that leaves them with a rather specific price point and no choices.

So what I have here is the bulk of my Amazon book wish list, which as you’ll quickly note currently centers around 3 themes.  In addition, there are a few other odds and ends.  I would of course love to have a tablesaw and a mitre saw, but alas I live in a condo and really can’t justify owning them quite yet.

Go Sun Parabolic Solar Cooker

I have wanted a solar oven for quite awhile and this one is a new design that is much more efficient, much smaller and way more portable.  Doesn’t it look awesome?!

Gaia’s Garden- Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition

I am on a permaculture kick, despite living in a condo, and this book is a go-to that everyone recommends to me.

One Straw Revolution

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming

This is another book praised by the biodynamic, organic and permaculture crowds.  I can’t wait to read it!

36 Hours USA & Canada West Coast

The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, West Coast

Our rough plans for 2016 include some road trips, and this book is full of great itineraries.  Do you live on the west coast?  Can I come visit you?

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

Because #science.  I like food, and science.

Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City

Staying on-theme, I dream of being able to eat a lot from my guerilla gardening adventures.



Have you heard of molecular cooking?  I’ve never tried it, but Alinea is a dining experience, and I am fascinated.

An Experience.  Take a look at this video to see what I mean.

Food of Life

Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies

My aunt and uncle have a doctoral student as a tenant, who is from Iran.  I had some of her cooking while I visited them this summer and I am hooked!

Stacks: The Art of Vertical Food

Stacks: The Art of Vertical Food

We have been hosting fancy dinner parties lately and I am obsessed with stacking food.

Culinary Artistry

Culinary Artistry

And I want to be able to plate things better.

Food Presentation Secrets: Styling Techniques of Professionals

Food Presentation Secrets: Styling Techniques of Professionals

There are a lot of choices for plating books, what can I say.  I even read reviews!

Modern Buffet Presentation

Modern Buffet Presentation

Yup.  More on presentation.

1000 Food Art and Styling Ideas

1,000 Food Art and Styling Ideas: Mouthwatering Food Presentations from Chefs, Photographers, and Bloggers from Around the Globe (1000 Series)

I think this one is mostly a drool-worthy coffee table book.

Force of Nature

Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution

I am a capitalist hippie.  That’s a real thing.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better

See above re: capitalist hippie.

Where am I Eating?

Where Am I Eating: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy with Discussion Questions and a Guide to Going “Glocal”

Food security has been a passion topic of mine for quite a long time.  I also read Kelsey Timmerman’s “Where am I wearing?” a few years ago and enjoyed the premise.  I think this book will be even better, because he set out to make it, instead of deciding to make it halfway through his experiences with clothing manufacturing.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies

Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

My sister in law raves about this book, and her copy was given to her with comments on the front page about which ones were the best.

The index is all photos, at the beginning, with the cookies grouped by type, like soft, chewy, hard, etc.  #smart

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook

My cousin is obsessed with this fellow and I must admit that I have learned some sweet techniques while making some of his recipes.

Kitchenaid Ravioli Attachment

KitchenAid Ravioli Maker Attachment, Chrome.

I’m hoping to get a used one of these.  They are ridiculously expensive, but I miss being able to eat store bought stuffed pasta, and the flavours that I can make at home are way better.

Can I interest anyone in smoked salmon and goat cheese?  Mmmhmm, that’s what I thought.

Torx Wrench Set

Titan 12710 Tamper Proof Star Key Set

There’s a wrench that I don’t own!  It was a problem recently and I had to borrow one from my friend.  That put it on the Christmas wish list mightly quickly.

A Raclette

Swissmar KF-77081 8-Person Stelvio Raclette Party Grill with Granite Stone

This would be an awesome couples’ gift for us, so we can have delicious, delicious parties.

Whip Cream Maker

iSi Easy Whip, 1-Pint, Brushed Aluminum, Cream Whipper

I’ve been told that making coconut whipped cream is really easy with these, and I would love that because I have had horrible luck using my stand mixer.  Only one batch has turned out, but good golly was it DIVINE!

Cylinder Food Molds

Ateco Food Rings Mold Set, 3-1/2-Inch

I really want to play with stacking food, and my attempts at using a tuna can have not gone very well, the new cans seem to be curved on the bottom.

Silicone Shape Food Molds

Fancy Leaf Applique Silicon Mold

I want to be able to make fun shapes that you can stick into plates and create amazingly plated dinners.

Yes, this is the kind of thing I do with my spare time.  It’s delicious!


There you have it my friends.  My rather lengthy, but totally awesome Christmas wish list for 2015.

What are the highlights from yours?



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