As I’m writing this cookbook, Food Gift Love, I’m recounting and recording my favorite recipes. It’s been a blast to relive the moment I first tasted homemade fried dough. I’m also playing with my favorite non-traditional pesto recipes, all chunky and green and perfect for the biggest bowl of homemade pasta possible. And spring rhubarb, just about to come to an end in New England, is turning up in several cookbook chapters, because I love you that much. So much.
In addition to sharing 100 food gift recipes, I’m also documenting fun, easy, special, and sometimes fancy ways to gift wrap all of them. And every time I find a new piece of gorgeous, old fabric, I want to wrap a food gift with it – sort of like putting a bird on it but, instead, putting fabric on it. It’s a compulsive blessing, really: using leftover fabric scraps to wrap a gift is a great way to reuse and recycle. Plus, it looks pretty darn good.
So, are you going to a dinner party this weekend? I bet you’re going to a dinner party this weekend. And I bet you’re going to bring wine or a large bottle of beer or maybe some gin. Gin is good. Vodka works too. Either way, if your host is getting a boozy gift or contribution to the big event, here’s the easiest – easiest way – to wrap up that bottle at the last moment.
How to Gift Wrap a Bottle
- 1 piece of fabric, twice the height of your bottle
- 1 12-inch piece of string, twine or ribbon
- Lay your fabric square out on a table. To mark your position, place your bottle upright in the dead center of the square. Gently lay it down so the top of the bottle lines up with the center of one side of the fabric square.
- Fold up the other side of your fabric square to cover your bottle and form a rectangle, with the bottle inside. Roll up one side of extra fabric toward the bottle. Repeat with the other side.
- Lay the piece of string under the neck of the bottle, making sure the string captures all the fabric, and tie into a knot. Trim string and/or fabric as needed to make the prettiest presentation, but I think it’s just perfect as is.
Photos taken and styled by Heidi/White Loft Studio.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.