10 Great Gifts for Foodies: Holiday 2011
From nifty appliances to snazzy cocktail glasses, we’ve got the perfect holiday gifts for all the foodies in your life right here!
Have you been racking your brain about what to buy your friend or family member who loves all things food-related? Your search ends here! Holiday gift-giving can be one of the most rewarding and annoying tasks of the season, but it doesn’t always have to be full of stress. This foodie gift guide can help make your decision much easier. Whether it’s a cool appliance or a tasty treat, our list of goodies is sure to make any food-crazed loved one happy!
1. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Julie Gelman and Peter Zheutlin
Why give a ho-hum, everyday cookbook when you could give one that’s Don Draper-approved instead? This book serves up more than 70 recipes from the show, from the gazpacho that Betty would have served at the Draper’s Around the World dinner to the whiskey sour Don would have indulged in at the Playboy Club, as well as oodles of historical detail. Why was Joan’s choice of a Blue Hawaii cocktail on New Year’s Eve so era-appropriate? How did the avocado become such a craze in the ‘60s? The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is sure to appeal to foodies, history buffs, and Mad Men fans alike! ($10.93, amazon.com)
2. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit
Bring the outdoors in with this amazing—and green!—kit by Back to the Roots. Simply mist the soil (it’s made of 100% recycled coffee grounds) twice a day for ‘savory pearl oyster mushrooms in just a week or less. Foodies can get the kit online at the social shopping site opensky.com, which lets its members design their experience based on celebrity curators such as Bobby Flay and Molly Sims. ($20, opensky.com)
3. Lillet Rouge Aperetif Wine
Got a wine lover in your life? Then break out the Lillet Rouge! A cherry-red aperitif wine made from a mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and orange liqueur, it looks gorgeous in the bottle, but it’s even better chilled in a glass with a slice of orange on the side. With notes of black cherries, black raspberries, apricots, and pepper, it’s the perfect holiday wine. Or, if you’re feeling experimental, you can substitute it for vermouth in such classic cocktails as the Rob Roy or the Manhattan. Fun fact: It’s still made in the same distillery in Podensac, France as it was when the Lillet company was established way back in 1872. Food for thought! ($18.99, available at fine liquor stores nationwide)
4. Emeril by T-Fal Nonstick Individual Pie and Cake Maker
Baking just became a breeze! Make up to four individual pies, cakes, muffins, or even quiches with this incredibly easy-to-use tool. The top and bottom crust cutters let you create unique designs, and the nonstick surface makes for quick and painless clean-up. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or “just because,” this handy appliance gets it done in a snap! ($49.90, hsn.com)
5. The Green & Black’s Organic Ultimate Chocolate Recipes: The New Collection Cookbook
Perfect for the chocoholic in your life, this cookbook from master chocolatiers Green & Black’s is chock-full (see what we did there?) of amazing recipes for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads, tarts, and everything in between. For an extra-special gift, try giving a couple of bars of Green & Black’s incredible organic chocolate along with it. We like the 70 percent Dark, the Mint, and the Maya Gold bars, but when it comes to Black & Gold’s, you really can’t go wrong! ($19.83, amazon.com)
More fab foodie gifts, including a diva-tastic martini glass and and Black & Gold’s cookbook, up next!