If you're a foodie, or you have a special foodie in your life, here are some ideas to inspire your holiday wish list or gift giving.
BooksBarefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust - While I find all of Ina Garten's recipes to be "foolproof," her latest book provides a great collection of trusted recipes that are guaranteed to bring you go back for a second helping. I can't wait to get my copy when Ina visits DC next week.
Home Made Winter - If you liked Yvette van Boven's Home Made, check out her inspired winter recipes that are perfect for the cold months ahead.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - Austin Kleon's book about creativity can definitely be applied to cooking and recipe writing. The first time I picked up the book at Kramerbooks in DC, I couldn't stop reading until I had finished the entire book.
The Daily Soup Cookbook - This is one of my most frequently used cookbooks. Every soup that I have made from this cookbook has been delicious, and I have made at least 20 of them at this point. There are soups for every season and palate.
The Cook's Illustrated Holiday Baking magazine is a perfect stocking stuffer for any baker.
MoviesI love a great film, but a great film about food? Spectacular. For some reason, many of my favorite food movies have yet to be released on Blu-ray. For now, we'll have to suffer through Standard Def versions of these foodie favorites.
Big Night - A great film about the conflict between the restaurant business and art of cuisine. A great story and a wonderful cast. This film will make you hungry, so make sure you eat a great meal before watching, or at least have reservations at a great restaurant for when you finish.
Julie & Julia - Every food blogger has to love this movie, right? This is one of the few available on Blu-ray.
Waitress - If you've never made a homemade pie, I bet you will be inspired to do so after watching Waitress. This movie is for anyone who's dreamed up recipes while trying to fall asleep at night.
Chocolat - For all the chocolate lovers. This one is also available on Blu-ray.
The Godfather, Part One - The Godfather is a food movie? Yes. Check out the scene where Clemenza teaches Michael how to make spaghetti for a crowd. It's also a holdiday movie in my eyes. In any case, it's worth owning on Blu-ray.
Like Water for Chocolate - Many of us use cooking to express our love for others, but this film takes that to another level.
No Reservations - A pretty typical romantic comedy, but with lots of time in the kitchen and talk about food.
For the Coffee LoverIf you're not already using the pour-over style to brew your morning coffee, I recommend starting now. The method doesn't require any expensive equipment or specialty coffee, and I think that you really can taste the difference.
But don't take my word for it - check out Katie Carguilo's tips on How to Make an Awesome Cup of Coffee.
I use the Chemex 6-Cup Glass Coffee Maker :
But the Hario V60 is a good option too:
You may want to get a kettle with a thinner spout, but it's not necessary:
Make sure to include some great coffee beans with any coffee-themed gift. Some of my favorites are:
Photo from Swing's Coffee
Swing's Coffee - My favorite local coffee shop also roasts coffee beans and sells them by the pound. I usually go for the Diplomat Blend because I'm a fan of dark roasts.
Photo from Peet's Coffee
Peet's Coffee - I used to get Peet's coffee shipped to my house before I discovered Swing's in DC. Peet's offers some good gift packages, as well as monthly "coffee tours," where you can get a new pound of coffee delivered every month for three, six, or twelve months.
Photo from Counter Culture Coffee
Counter Culture Coffee - These folks know their coffee. They're also offering $3 flat rate shipping in December, which is perfect for gift giving from afar.
For the Kitchen
Every serious baker deserves a great stand mixer. It's a big investment, but a good mixer should last generations.
My biggest kitchen splurge was on this Vitamix blender. It was worth every penny. Your soups, sauces, and smoothies will reach a new level with this blender.
Lodge now makes enameled cast iron items for any budget.
I just love Emile Henry's pie dishes. They are a bit of a splurge, but the crust always turns out perfectly.
Specialty FoodRancho Gordo Heirloom Beans - Heirloom beans are the perfect gift for any cook who is looking to improve the flavor and texture of their soups and salads. You might even want to cook up a pot of heirloom beans as a healthy holiday side dish. Throw in some aromatics with the cooking liquid, and the resulting broth will be extra flavorful.
Photo from Rancho Gordo