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The Best Holiday Gifts for Foodies: 2015

Screen-shot-2015-11-03-at-3.09.16-PMFinding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be tricky, but if any of your family or friends are rabid foodies, it should actually be a breeze.  That’s because New York is flooded with original, artisanal products, sure to wow your gastronomically inclined loved ones this Christmas — from the ultimate at-home chefs knife to awesome Farm-To-Table subscriptions, and even Momofuku Milk Bar‘s DIY Crack Pie!

Misen Chef’s Knife: Truly great knives can cost a pretty penny; but even the most discerning chef will lust after this high-quality, $65 blade.  Featuring a 15-degree angle (ideal for sharp, precision cutting), a slope
bolster for comfortable, proper gripping, and premium Japanese steel, you’ll never look at Henckels and Wustoff’s astronomically priced slicers the same way again.

cookie-mix-corn.1c94aef45f4c314f5e934daf0451208eMomofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie Mix: Sure, you can head to one of Milk Bar’s New York stores and pick up a ready-to-eat pie, for the whopping price of $44.  Or, for only $16, you can grab an easy to use mix for Christina Tosi’s outrageously addictive treat, so your gift recipient can whip up a pie bursting with fresh-out-of-the-oven, ooey gooey flavor.   And, the best part is, with all the money you saved, you can even throw in a Compost Cookie Tin and box of Cranberry Gingerbread Cake Truffles for good measure!

IMG_7252-211Quinciple and Farm to People Subscription: Now that Quinciple (a grocery delivery service specializing in local, artisanal purveyors) has teamed up with Farm to People (a similar organization focusing on farm-fresh vegetables, charcuterie and cheeses), there’s even greater incentive to sign up for a subscription.  For anywhere from $49.90 a week to $598.80 for three months, participants will receive boxes brimming with impeccable products —including everything from golden oyster mushrooms and Virginia ham to hazelnuts and stollen — accompanied by helpful recipe suggestions, such as butternut squash beef stew and lamb merguez with yogurt sauce.

NT-GSW-01-2TNobleTree Coffee Set: With a roastery based in Brooklyn, Nobletree is the first vertically integrated coffee brand in New York, featuring premium beans sourced from its proprietary farms in Brazil.  Which means discriminating caffeine-fiends will adore this gift set from the company, including three bags of coffee (such as the chocolate-scented Dromedaire Cuvée, the heirloom varietal Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gutiti, and the award-winning Nicaragua Bella Aurora AAA), along with a silver-plated engraved cup and spoon, tucked into an engraved alder wood box.

Brrrr-Polar-Bear-Ice-Tray-1Brrrr Ice Tray from Abode: Why should even the tiniest detail escape the eye of the chic culinarian?  Give your giftee carte blanche to throw away all their cheap, cracked plastic ice trays this winter, and send them this stylish, seasonally appropriate polar bear from Abode New York instead.  In addition to being adorable, the dishwasher-safe, BPA-free bear allows you to decant individual cubes without having to touch the ice; and since its sealed, your ice won’t absorb odors and crumbs from other foods in your freezer.

charity-water-cookbook-ipad“Water Changes Everything” Cookbook: Everyone wins when you purchase this $30, downloadable cookbook, which features recipes from Dominique Ansel, Joey Campanaro, Alice Waters and more.  The catch is, the amount of water needed to complete each dish is missing, requiring a small donation to unlock the specific info.  Not that you’re being milked for extra money, as 100% of proceeds go to charity: water; a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.


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