Gifts for Foodies

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by Joan and Nancy on November 19, 2010

Foodies are great because it’s easy to find wonderful gifts for them. Here are some ideas the foodie in your life will love:


  • The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Wonderful, unusual, simple recipe ideas for dinner.
  • The Pleasure of Cooking for One by Judith Jones. As a young woman Judith Jones was Julia Child’s editor for Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This legendary editor, now widowed for 13 years, wrote this beautiful cookbook that celebrates the joy of preparing wonderful food.
  • American’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Nancy wrote about this cookbook earlier this year. This is the cookbook to give singles, newlyweds, or anyone looking for a solid, reliable, reach for again and again type cookbook.

Herbs & Spices

Nancy received a small tin with four gourmet salts from her friends MJ and Liz. It’s one of the nicest little gifts she’s ever received.The best thing about this salt assortment is it costs $10.00, making it a just the right stocking stuffer, hostess gift, present for a good friend, or for someone you don’t know very well. The company also makes a pepper assortment. Check them out: is the place to find a vast variety of the top herbs and spices from around the world. Currently they are offering cute little mini themed gift boxes with 4 spices for only $7.95! If you know someone who loves to bake treat them with a bottle of Penzey’s double vanilla and their extra fancy Vietnamese cinnamon.

Smoked paprika. We love smoked paprika, especially pimenton, the oak smoked paprika from Spain. Joan goes through cans of it making pots of pinto beans. Nancy loves it for paella and chili. The trio pack from La Tienda makes a lovely, affordable gift.

Oil & Vinegar


For the serious foodie you can’t go wrong with a subscription to Cooks Illustrated:

Yummy Food

Food Fun

  • Personalized M&Ms – various $ Joan says: Perfect for someone who has everything! Lots of great choices, but a gumball-style dispenser and 21oz. of M&Ms with your favorite sports team’s logo on it is $60.  Go uber-personalized with the PHOTO and message of your choice starting at $18
  • Chocolate-oply – $21 Just like Monopoly, but with a chocolate theme.  Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life!
  • Ice Princess Star-shaped Ice Cube Trays – $11 Wanna feel like a princess when you sip that gin and tonic?  This one’s for you!  (Check out the whole line from Fred – he’s got an ice cube shape for everyone.)
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters $9 These gingerbread men weren’t quite fast enough…  SO funny!

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Nancy Nancy November 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

He is just buying a big present for himself. And may I remind my family that the MOST PASSED present last year was my margarita gift basket????????

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