The sleeper hit of Christmas has to be the book I gave Mrs. F called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. In short this book is amazing. We have always dabbled in baking but this book is head and shoulders above any bread book we have in both ease and sheer deliciousness of the food. Basically the method in this book is to make a large batch of dough in a certain way, which you can then keep for up to two weeks. When you want some fresh bread you break off an appropriate amount add the supplemental ingredients and viola! There are many different types of dough and tons of recipes. We have had baguettes, focaccia, olive bread, sun dried tomato loaf ,brioche and beignets to name but a few. Without fail the bread has been phenomenal. The beignets, which we had last night, were better than Cafe du Monde on Jackson Square. They were so good that Mrs. declared that she will not make those again unless company is present since we scoffed down every last one of them last night. I was a model of restraint and limited myself to five or six.