I admit that self-proclaimed “foodies” such as myself can be kind of ridiculous and somewhat intolerable. God help you when one of us gets going on a tangent about how our breakfast danish was technically edible but the pastry just wasn’t quite flaky enough and the microfoam in our cappuccino wasn’t “micro” enough (and besides, the milk was clearly scalded). Feeling pressure to buy event-specific dishware, spatulas designed for use with one single food item, or fancy $72 biscuits could turn anyone’s holiday cheer to hate. In that spirit, the Bitch in a Box: Foodies Edition is here to help you holiday shop for all those people in your life who love making, eating, and taking pictures of food.
Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson. This cookbook by San Francisco foodie and cookbook blogger Heidi Swanson is the perfect gift for all your hipster-hippie hybrid friends. Buy this cookbook if you want to be eating dishes like homemade muesli, “Lemon-Zested Bulgur Wheat,” or “Baked Oatmeal” at your next brunch.
The Science of Good Cooking by Cook’s Illustrated For people who are serious about cooking, the folks behind America’s Test Kitchen are basically the PhDs of food. This cookbook is a perfect gift for your type-A foodie friends whose greatest satisfaction comes from painstakingly dicing their aromatics into uniform pieces or perfectly measuring a cup of flour. This cookbook is as much about method as it is about final food product.
Roots: The Definitive Compendium by Diane Morgan You know what is really “in” right now in the culinary world? Root vegetables. No, I’m not kidding. This cookbook is a encyclopedic guide to all things grown under the earth, from rutabagas to malanga to cassava.
Kitchen Tools and Accessories:
If you have a high-tech or chemistry-oriented cook in your life, this kit is perfect for them. With this gift they can learn molecular gastronomy skills like “spherification” (turning foods into balls), “gelification” (turning foods into gels), and “emulsification” (turning foods into weird sponge-looking gel-balls).
For the kitchen DIY-ers on your shopping list this kit has all the supplies to help you make Mozzarella, Ricotta, Goat Cheese/Chevre, Paneer or Queso Blanco.
The concept for this cocktail shaker was developed by two Virginia boys turned Brooklynites. They put their idea on Kickstarter and raised just under $75,000 to make it a reality.
Cute Handmade Things for the Kitchen:
Who doesn’t like supporting the people who make fantastic things by hand and sell them on Etsy? Foodies will level-up one in their “presentation” skillz with these cute little kitchen gifts. I doubt you will actually want to dry any dishes with MoxieMadness’ adorabe Gnome Tea Towels. On those rainy days made for drinking tea and reading check out SquackDoodle’s I Heart Rain Coffee Mug. Owl Ceramic Salt-n-Pepper Shakers by ceramicsbylisa will highlight the table in the color of your choice. And EastMesaDesign’s Bicycle Etched Stemless Wine Glasses are simply fab.