I can’t believe it’s December already. The year seems to have just flown by. I squeezed a lot into the year but at the same time, there are more things I wanted to achieve. There’s still some time left, I suppose – more I can get done before the fireworks go off and the new year begins. But it looks like some dreams will be carried over to next year. That’s not a bad thing – chasing down dreams keeps life interesting!
Now that December is upon us, Christmas preparations begin in earnest and we start planning our Christmas gifts. I’ve always been a practical person when it comes to gifts. I hate waste and the idea of buying novelty gifts just doesn’t sit well with me. I won’t be buying you a pair of Santa slippers or a Minions onesie. I prefer to give thoughtful, useful gifts that I know the recipient will still be enjoying come January.
With that in mind, I have prepared a list of 10 Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers. They cover a range of prices, so there is something here for every budget. When I curated the list I did have gift recipients in mind, but really these are things I think all food lovers should own, so feel free to treat yourself (or to drop large hints to anyone who might be buying you a gift!)
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All items have been selected independently by me and are either items I already own or items I would love to own. However, the post does contain affiliate links so if you buy any of the items using the links provided I receive a teeny, tiny commission.
Under $20 / £20
1. Jay Rayner – A Greedy Man in a Hungry World
I love Jay Rayner as a food critic. His reviews are always a wonderful mix of humour and cynicism. He knows good food when he finds it and is as likely to recommend as to criticise. In this book, Rayner examines the food system across the planet pointing out the good, the bad and the downright absurd. He tackles real issues in an engaging and entertaining manner. Highly recommended. [BUY]
2. June Molloy Vladička – Lithuanian Cooking: Nine of my traditional Lithuanian dishes
Yep, that’s me! Earlier this year I released a short memoir based on my experiences with Lithuanian food, from my first attempts while still living in Ireland to finally “cracking” the dishes here in Lithuania. The book contains nine of the most popular Lithuanian dishes, including cepelinai (potato dumplings), kugelis (potato pudding) and koldūnai (meat dumplings). The recipes are very detailed, with step-by-step instructions and notes on ingredients, so that they can be followed by anyone, even those not familiar with the dishes. [BUY]
3. Wine Glass Plate Clips
4. Gin Balloons
While we’re on the subject of gin, can I also recommend my friend Katia’s blog post on G&T garnishes.
5. Microplane Gourmet Fine Grater
Microplanes are the bees-knees when it comes to graters. For me, no others compare. We have the fine grater and use it several times a week, primarily for Parmesan and cheddar, but also for garlic, ginger, nutmeg and for zesting lemons. It’s stylish enough to bring to the table and the slip-free handle is very comfortable to hold. If you don’t already own a Microplane I would start with this one, adding others as you need them. [BUY]
6. Nigel Slater: The Christmas Chronicles
Just read this extract from a paragraph entitled “On coming in from the cold”:
“You hang up your coat, tug off your boots and light the fire. You will probably put the kettle on our pour yourself a drink. Not so much as a way to get warm, more to welcome yourself home. Home means more to us in cold weather. Making ourselves comfortable is a duty. Making friends and family comfortable is an art.”
This is a tome of a book, covering the period from November 1st to the end of January and including all the Christmas classics. A gorgeous book to own and give. [BUY]
7. Pasta Machine
8. Meat Cleaver
* Yes, I know – the name is unfortunate. I have to admit I squirmed a little typing “dick cleaver” into my search engine!
Premium – Over $150/£150:
9. Le Creuset Roaster
10. KitchenAid Mixer
Apart from the Nigel Slater book (and the gin glasses, because I don’t drink gin!) this is the only item on the list I don’t own – yet! I know from talking to my foodie friends that these are the ultimate food mixer, as well as being an iconic piece of kitchen kit. While I bake a lot of bread I don’t make that many cakes or sweet treats, but if there is a baker in your life I assure you – they want one of these! [BUY]