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A conversation with Dinah Corley, Gourmet Gifts:

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Just in time for the holidays. We are joined by J Dinah Corley, author of Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style  There’s nothing like giving someone a delicious, handmade gift. But after your lasagna has firmed, and your cookies have cooled, what’s the next step? Do you assemble your hard-won culinary feat on a flimsy paper plate? Hide its beauty in a brown doggie bag? According to longtime Martha’s Vineyard chef and cooking teacher Dinah Corley, it’s time to liberate beautiful handmade dishes from their humble wrappings. And in her new cookbook, Gourmet Gifts (Harvard Common Press, Nov. 2011), she not only provides recipes – but gorgeous packaging crafts that give edible gifts the presentation they deserve. After culling 30+ years of collected recipes for the very best travel-ready gifts, Dinah crafted eye-pleasing packages for each one. From money-saving gifts to opulent special-occasion gifts, foods that ship well over a long distance, gifts for people who are under the weather, and loads of ideas for the holidays, Dinah’s food crafts strike the perfect balance between tasty and pretty. Dinah is a lifelong chef, cooking teacher, restaurant consultant and gift-giver. Her culinary training includes apprenticeships with renowned chef icons, like Julia Child, James Beard, and Simone Beck.

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