I don’t know about you but I am nearly beside myself with excitement.
With finger hovering over mouse, I am this close to clicking play on my Pandora Classic Christmas station. Bing Crosby and I are old friends and it’s been too long since I’ve heard his voice caroling in my ear.
You know what time it is. You know you do.
It’s officially the holidays, my friends. It’s true!
So November and December editions begone! It’s an extra-special edition of Food Love Fridays this month in honor of this most special time of the year.
One of the things that make the holidays so are that they are not about the gifts we get but about the ones we give.
Here are five great gifts for the food lover or cook on your list. And since it’s not about how much you spend but about the sentiment behind one’s gift, you don’t even have to spend a lot to give so much.
So grab yourself some eggnog, let Mr. Crosby rip … it’s time to get the food love started, holidays-style.
The Saveur 100. Available in December, it’s Saveur magazine‘s once-a-year Jan/Feb edition I wait. all. year. for. And if your food lover or cook knew about it, they would too. Like the best Top 10 list times 10, it features the world’s one-hundred best foods. It’s gorgeous and fascinating and a foodie fantasy of epic proportions. Read it cover to cover in one sitting, it rivals getting a homemade pie hand-delivered by Julia Child herself.
$5; Saveur.Com or booksellers nationwide
Foodie Fight. Now, I’m not one to encourage the wasting of food by hurling it around willy nilly, but the kind of foodie fight I’m talking about here is of the trivia variety. Like Trivial Pursuit but for food lovers, this board game is jam packed with over a thousand food-related questions almost certain to entertain, delight and educate the most hard-core foodie on your list.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. This book changed my life, and if your food lover cares even just a scoach about 1.) the locavore movement or 2.) having their very own backyard homestead one day, reading it will change their life too. Beautifully written and at once alarming, inspiring and funny, they’ll never look at food the same way again.
$15; Amazon.Com or booksellers nationwide
S’mores Kit from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery. When I still lived back in Seattle, my brother and I battled spoons over this cakery’s strawberry shortcake. If your foodie loves s’mores, this s’mores kit will get down on one knee and propose to them. 100% organic, it comes with homemade everything: graham crackers, corn syrup-free marshmallows and (wait for it) … a bar of artisan smoked chocolate. No fire? No problem. They can make them in the oven instead.
Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker, Stainless Steel. There’s pasta, and then there’s fresh, homemade pasta. Get this much-lauded pasta maker for the cook you love, throw in a bag of Caputo Semola Di Grano Duro Rimaninata Semolina Flour and don’t be surprised if steaming-hot bowls of tender, chewy noodle-love materialize before you forever after.
$69.95 (on sale); Amazon.Com
Have a wonderful, love-filled weekend everyone! See you all back here soon and …
[Food Love Fridays is a once a month Friday-of-most-months series featuring at least one food-related thing I’m loving. Found something you love? Then please share it below! For more Food Love Fridays, follow along on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.]