We like to open gifts in small spurts around here. You know, it's what we wished we could do as kids, but we weren't allowed. Well, we play by our own rules now.
When I was an undergrad I used to watch the hell out of cooking shows and one of my favorites was Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef. I really dig his approach to food. He has been cooking close to the home since long before it was the cool thing to do. His style in the kitchen is challenging for the everyday home cook, but it is far from unapproachable.
To my great joy, Meg bought me Jamie's Cook Your Way to the Good Life. The book is his account of the relationship between his kitchen and his garden. He broke the book into seasons and shares a few recipes that have ingredients that come from that season. The recipes seem simple and the results look anything but ordinary.