Here are five fabulous gifts to win brownie points from the foodie in your life. They will sigh with delight as they unwrap any of these creative cooking tools. And if you are lucky, you will be the recipient of some great cooking and cocktails! Lucky you… and your foodie.
Molecular Mixology Cocktail Set – $85 / Uncommon Goods
Oh la la! What do you get when you combine food, liquor, chemistry, and art? You get to deconstruct your favorite drink, to change the look and feel of ingredients, impress dinner guests, and to take your tastebuds on an adventure–also known as molecular gastronomy!
These contemporary takes on the classic margarita, mojito, and cosmopolitan to bring modern mixology to a whole new level. Deconstruct the drink’s standard ingredients–such as the mojito’s mint leaves, the cosmo’s cranberry juice, and the margarita’s lime–into buoyant “caviar” bubbles or flavor-filled clouds of foam. It’s even possible to encapsulate every ingredient in the drinks into spheres that explodes with flavor, introducing your tastebuds to the very essence of each cocktail.
All-Clad 7-Qt. Deluxe Slow Cooker with Cast Aluminum Insert – $249.95 / William Sonoma
Imagine the benefits of your favorite foodie sharing delicious slow-cooked meals just for you. They will be that grateful! All-Clad’s top-of-the-line cooker features a nonstick cast-aluminum insert that you can use on the stovetop to brown ingredients before transferring it to the base for slow cooking. Push-button controls and easy-to-read digital display eliminate guesswork.
French Spice Collection – $55 / DEAN & DELUCA
For the creative foodie who paints with spices and herbs this gift will make them sigh with delight. Particularly Provence…Lavender to scent custards…French Tarragon for stuffing under the skin of chicken…rare and savory Yellow Mustard Seeds for pork or vegetables. A pinch from any tin turns any dish into a progeny of the Gauls. Also included in this collection are Chervil, Fines Herbes, Four Pepper Blend, Herbes de Provence, Savory and Thyme. Packaged in our signature DEAN & DELUCA spice box.
DIY Goat Cheese-Making Kit – $35 / DEAN & DELUCA
Imagine the fun your foodie will have experiencing with their very own creamery in a box. This kit from artisanal cheese maker Belle Chevre comes with everything you need to make your own goat cheese including citric acid, cheese salt, a thermometer and a cheese towel. You provide the goat’s milk and ten minutes of active time and within a few hours you’ll have fresh, tangy goat cheese made in your home kitchen. Makes a wonderful gift for the agrarian or home chef in your life.
Le Creuset Signature 5-Piece Cookware Set – $499.95 / William Sonoma
OK speaking of winning “best friend” points from your favorite foodie – this has to be one of the most seductive gifts you can give. Le Creuset continues nearly a century of culinary craftsmanship with its Signature collection, the next evolution of the company’s classic enameled cast-iron cookware. A foodies dream if they haven’t experimented with these top of the line kitchen items.
Brooklyn Cruiser / MOMA – $580
What better way to get around town or ride to the market and shop for fresh produce? With a design inspired by vintage bicycles, this updated step-through bicycle is built to last. Modern features include a three-speed internal hub, front hand brake and rear pedal brake, full front and back fenders, a rear carry rack, a comfortable leather saddle, swept-back handlebars with leather grips, cream-colored tires, and a double-sided kickstand.