Welcome to Follow Me Foodie’s Holiday Gift Guide!
Top 10 Gift Ideas & “Must Haves” for Foodies & Gourmets!
I get it. There are several definitions of a “foodie” and my definition may be different than yours. We come in all different shapes and sizes and some of us are only interested in the eating part while others in the cooking or dining out. Whatever category you fall in I’m not going to judge… well not out loud anyway. Kidding!
I couldn’t bare to group you all together so I’ve made a holiday gift guide for all different types of “foodies”. I couldn’t help it. I like to be specific and “foodies”, foodie lovers, food enthusiasts, or gourmets have different needs and wants and therefore require different lists.
This top 10 list features gift ideas and “must-haves” for the general “Foodie” and “Gourmet”. I have a separate list for edibles and foodies who prefer the eating part of being a “foodie”, as well as just the cooking part. This list touches upon both in a broad way and it is not specific to either.
For this list, my definition of the “general foodie and gourmet” (whatever you prefer to be called or not called) is someone who appreciates everything to do with food including eating, cooking and dining out.
I have things for the general foodie/gourmet who enjoys food and cooking and does it for fun. Gifts for the foodie/gourmet who treats food and cooking as an intense hobby. And last, but not least gifts for the foodie/gourmet who is serious about food and cooking and approaches it professionally. Make sure you know who you’re shopping for, or just add these to your wish list!
1. Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good food Fast – We all want good food fast, unless you have time to cook big fancy meals everyday, but let’s face it – most of us don’t. This cook book is full of international recipes and it shows you the skills, shortcuts and ideas that will make cooking enjoyable and less time consuming. You won’t sacrifice on quality and flavours and it’s “30 minute meals” without relying on processed unhealthy food.
2. __(Food)__ of the Month Club – Whether it’s chocolate, cheese, ice cream, salsa or bacon, there’s something for everyone at Amazing Clubs. There are several online “___of the month” clubs for foodies, but the quality and service can vary. For example there are cheese clubs for beginners and then premium cheese clubs for those who can tell the origin of a cheese by the way it looks, smells and tastes. Most clubs offer monthly memberships, tasting notes and serving suggestions.
Price: $30-55+/month (depends on club/product/company)
Where to buy: Amazing Clubs offers all sorts of food, Zingerman’s or Bacon Freak is good for bacon (I have a feeling this will be a hit), and Artisianal Premium Cheese is good for cheese.
3. Modernist Cuisine At Home by Nathan Myhrvold – Yeah I know you want it. Heck! I want it! Either you’re part of the MC cult, or have no idea what it is. I don’t want to sound dramatic, but the first series of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking really changed the way I look at ingredients and how I cook food. I honestly couldn’t put the book down and I lost sleep over it… which I don’t regret at all. While the first series was more catered towards the chef and general “food geek”, this one is for the home so it’s more practical, approachable and realistic for most home cooks.
4. Digital Scale – If you’re experienced, chances are you already have one, and if you don’t then you need one. If you are attempting a more advanced recipe than I strongly recommend using a scale. The success rate of a challenging recipe will be more promising with a scale. It’s much more accurate and precise than measuring by volume. The Good Grips Digital Scale allows you to pull the display away from the base and it features an optional backlight. This is the one I use. Kitchen Scale – Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale is also excellent.
Where to buy: Call the Kettle Black
5. Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit – If you’ve never made cheese before and are a bit intimidated by the process then ease into it with a prepared kit. The one from The Cheese Connection is a comfortable introduction with everything you need included except for the milk and pot. The Cheese Connection kit includes: American made plastic cheese mold, butter muslin, thermometer, citric acid, flake cheese salt, Calcium Chloride for store bought milk, lipase for great tasting Mozzarella cheese, liquid rennet, step-by-step instructions, pictures and recipes included for 30-minute Mozzarella, pH Tested Mozzarella and Whey Ricotta Cheese.
6. Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook – True story. This witty book actually has 50 recipes for chicken and it’s cleverly written and the recipes sound pretty good. “Chicken with a Lardon”… c’mon? That’s funny. It’s an entertaining read even if you don’t make anything and the photos are hilarious. I turned red reading it. It’s the most literal definition of “food porn” I’ve come across.
7. Grow-it-Yourself Phoenix Oyster Mushroom Kit, for Indoor or Outdoor Mushroom Gardening – Read your food porn while growing your own mushrooms… you are the culinary bad @$$. Anyway I don’t know if you’ve ever been mushroom picking before, but it’s not a walk in the park. It’s dirty, it’s muddy and it’s obviously outdoors. So if you want to “cheat” and “forage” in the context of home then try growing your own mushrooms. I promise this is totally legal. Each kit contains specially-prepared sawdust pellets, vigorously-growing mushroom spawn, a professional growing bag with built-in air filter, and complete directions.
8. Come In, We’re Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World’s Best Restaurants – Okay… I’m getting to the point where I’m listing things that I want. Actually everything I’ve listed is stuff I want/have/tried/read. Anyway I want this. I don’t even work in a restaurant kitchen, but at good restaurants the staff are treated like family. Cooking and eating together is important for team building. This book includes exclusive interviews and never-before-recorded recipes from 25 world renowned restaurants including The Fat Duck in London, England, Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain, and WD-50 in New York City, New York.
9. Coffee Joulies – These are very new to the market and were first featured on Kickstarter. It is 5 polished 18/10 stainless steel (high end silverware quality) shelled “coffee beans” that are the size of cherry tomatoes. They are designed to cool your coffee/tea down faster to be enjoyed at the right temperature and also keep it hot for longer. They are made in the USA from 85% recycled stainless steel. I know they sound pricey, but the quality is there.
10. DVO Enterprises Cook’n Recipe Organizer Version 10 – Cooking geeks unite! This is for an ultimate type A. It’s the #1 best selling cooking software and you can enter your own recipes, capture internet recipes, create menu plans, make shopping lists, analyze nutrition, adjust serving sizes, create your own cookbook, share recipes through e-mail and on blogs, and even get it to wash your dishes! Actually it doesn’t do the last part, but it’s a lot more advanced than the human brain and is perfect for any type of cook. It supports MAC & PC.
11. SousVide Supreme – Okay so I included an extra. I have a promo code for you to use, so I had to add it! This is one of my favourite kitchen helpers this year. This is the epitome of “modern chef at home”. Sous vide is a cooking method used by world renowned chefs and now you can do it in the comfort of your own home (see one of my experiences here).
Think of it as “poaching 2.0”. It’s cooking food in vacuum sealed pouches at a controlled temperature over a duration of time. The result is the most tender and perfectly cooked meats, seafood and vegetables. This would go well with Under Pressure by Thomas Keller if it’s a gift for an experienced cook or chef… or someone you really really like and don’t mind spoiling.
Price: SousVide Supreme Demi $369 and SousVide Supreme $469
Promo Code: Use “Mijune” and SAVE $20!
Where to buy: Cedarlane Culinary