Whether you’re cooking some kinda Thanksgiving or calling it off completely this year, do spend an evening in the kitchen next week cooking, crooning along with Frank, and bouncing to Missy Elliot…with our cooking playlist no. 7.
I’ve been looking forward to writing this year’s gift guides for at least a month. I don’t know if that’s because I’m channeling all of the year’s anxiety into holiday gifting and decor and menus (and forced joy) or if it’s because I just love writing a gift guide. Perhaps a combination of the two. In any event, I come bearing truly great gift ideas for the food-lovers, cooks, bakers, and professional drinkers in your life as well as a disclaimer: none of these gifts will fully alleviate the decade’s worth of madness we’ve experienced in the last twelve months. They will, however, make your loved ones smile, feel special, and get drunk, but in a gifty way.
Next week’s gift guide part 2 will be organized by who might be on your list, whereas the below is all about the Benjamins and how many you’re looking to spend.
Are they not sure what to get you? Forward this email to them STAT.
Truly great gifts for the cook(s) in your life and on your budget
The best meats you can buy (online): Porter Road’s Best Of box comes with 2 dry aged steaks, 2 pork chops, bacon, chorizo sausage, and much more for $100 on the dot
A few really, really good pantry items: Sicilian castelvetrano olives, hard-to-find and hand-harvested Greek oregano, singe origin turmeric, flaky sea salt, Sicilian pistachio cream because it’s shockingly good with cheese or fruit…
If they can stand the heat, look no further than the Truff variety pack. A three-fer with white truffle, black truffle, and hotter hot sauces.
Haus wine’s sampler kit, which comes with 4 bottles of their Sonoma-made aperitifs
A set of beautiful serving bowls made by a women’s cooperative in Oaxaca, Mexico
For the forever sweet tooth: A Milk Bar sampler, complete with some of their greatest hits like b’day cake truffles and a Milk Bar pie slice
Special gifts for those special people in your life
It would be impossible to overstate how good the Always Pan is (above). I am a convert and, really, there’s a reason they keep selling out…
A 3-month subscription to Mash & Grape’s Whiskey of the Month club, so they can impress you with their bourbon vs Scotch tasting notes
Wine Party’s wine connoisseur course to take them from two-buck-Chuck to wine pro in just six weeks (*EXCLUSIVE: Use code TOTASTE at checkout for 15% off)
An Estelle Colored Glass cake stand, my favorite is the rose colored
Six months worth of Blue Bottle coffee, delivered to their door
Have you seen a cooler decanter? Black and 16-carat gold porcelain, 100% fun
A lot, but worth it
Sometimes you just need to splurge…
Get the pizza oven everyone’s talking about: an Ooni. At $249, the Uuni 3 is sort of a steal especially when you consider it cooks a wood-fired pizza in 60 seconds.
The ultimate gift for your favorite food-lover: a premium caviar, uni, and homemade pasta box from Dorasti (pictured at top)
This kinstugi serving tray is a stunner, made of unique elements of porcelain and gold
They’ll adore this “generously sized” marble mortar and pestle, just like Julia Child’s
Happy holidays my dears,
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