01. MATALI CRASSET FOR ALESSI
Designer Matali Crasset (in the picture) and pastry chef Pierre Hermé have collaborated to create Essentiel de pâtisserie, a series of pastry tools designed for Alessi. The four piece collection consists of a cake plate, cul-de-poule mixing bowl, whisk and spatula. The utensils themselves are designed to be rational and straightforward.
02. SNACKS AND DELI BY DEAN & DELUCA
The best way to appreciate Italian cuisine has arrived at Dean & Deluca just in time for Christmas: gift baskets and packages with the best of the Italian pantry. For example, Deluca Dop Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rustichella d'Abruzzo Stortini Pasta, slow-simmered Traditional Italian Sauce, Peperoncini a Treccia Chile Pepper Braid, Dean & Deluca Rosemary Grissini Sticks and a stainless steel colander. For the true epicureans, an assortment of 18 traditional metal candy boxes.
03. GREAT BRITISH CHEFS IPHONE APP
You can make a great impression without spending a lot; like an iTunes gift card with which your foodie friends can download the app for Great British Chefs -- Feastive HD, which contains 60 recipes for the Christmas Holidays by some of Britain’s most dynamic, creative chefs.
04. MOBILE FOODIE SURVIVAL KIT
The perfect gift for a passionate traveller and foodie? The Survivor Kit that conatins organic herbs and spices, so that you won’t have to sacrifice your favourite flavours even when you’re not home. You can choose between the traditional, Thai, Indian and Mexican.
05. FOOD SAFARI
If you’re in London, give your adventurous friends a voucher for a Food Safari, a program that hosts workshops with themes like butchery secrets, learning to fish, or cheese production. The Food Safari team will reveal the hidden production secrets of the foods you love. The fun workshops last a half or whole day and will familiarize attendees with farmers, fishermen, butchers and bakers who perfectly convey the passion they feel for their trades.
06. NINJABREAD MEN COOKIE CUTTERS
Charming Ninjabread Men cookie cutters will delight the youngest cooks as they begin making their desserts. The set is made from plastic and comes in a special gift box.
07. COOL SHOOTERS ICE SHOT GLASS
This kit in silicon can be used to make surprising shot glasses in four easy steps.
08. KITCHEN AID PRO 500 SERIES 5
A touch of ‘60s design in perfect foodie style. The KitchenAid Pro 500 Series 5 is the multi-functional appliance par excellence: made completely from metal, it’s robust, stable and long-lasting and features a high-speed mix option and a direct transmission engine.
09. FILET KNIFE CHROMA TYPE 301
A perfect gift for those who love design and...fish! The filet knife Chroma Type 301 is extremely flexible and features a Japanese blade with a high carbon content that makes it almost of surgical quality.
10. TEAPOT AND APRON BY MARIMEKKO
Fun and colourful, Marimekko products always make a strong impression. Like the multi-colour teapot by Sami Ruotsalainen, with its clean lines and Japanese design, or the floral apron.
11. LE FOODING GUIDE 2012
The latest Le Fooding guide has just been published, with its rating and reviews for restaurants, cafés and brasseries throughout France. It’s the perfect guide for refined palates, as well as for those who are looking for more offbeat, innovative places. Some of the books’ categories: the best 'love' restaurant, best interior design, the "dig in!" award, the honourable mention, du meilleur delirium, best cookbook, best table.
12. WHISKY STONES
For fine whisky and bourbon lovers: whisky stones are perfect for aficionados who enjoy their beverages with a slight chill, but don’t want to water down the perfect balance of flavors in their chosen spirit. Stones are nonporous, so will not impart any flavors or odors to your drink. To use, simply store them in your freezer and when needed let the stones stand for five minutes before dropping them into your drink.
13. WELCOME TO... LA SCUOLA OF EATALY!
For the passionate lovers of Italian cuisine, why not give the gift of a cooking class from Eataly? Among the lessons organized by Lidia Bastianich, you’ll find many occasions to perfect your palate and enjoy authentic Italian flavours.
14. ANNA ETOILE BY ALESSI
Make design collectors and designer Alessandro Mendini fans happy with the limited version edition of the Anna Etoile corkscrew, restyled by the famous Anna G. Only 9 of them have been produced in gold-plated zama with applications of diamonds, topaz and coral.
15. SPICE INFUSER
For your health-conscious friends, try the Spice Infuser, on sale in the MoMA shop.
16. ULTIMATE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
A Gingerbread House like you’ve never seen before. It comes with all the necessary ingredients as well as a clear, simple instruction booklet. Guaranteed fun for the whole family.
17. INSIDE OUT CHAMPAGNE GLASSES
Chic and impressive, these original champagne glasses can be found at the MoMA online store. It’s an elegant choice.
18. MOMMY, LET'S COOK
A book to help you cook with your children and teach them quick, fun, colourful recipes. Mommy, Let's Cook. Italian meal to make with kidsis the first book from the company Il Gufo, which specializes in clothing and products for children.
Moustaches have come back in fashion... even among foodies. If you looking for a fun, inexpensive gift, don’t miss Munchstaches, 5 Cookie Cutters that will help you create cookies in the shape of moustaches.
20. SOIREE WINE DECANTER
For the wine-lover in your life, here’s the Soirée Wine Decanter. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and, thanks to its spherical shape, lets wine air instantly in the specific quantity used, without any waste.
21. NY CAKE ACADEMY CLASSES
Perfect for those who adore decorated cakes, cupcakes and other delicious baked goods. Give someone a class at the Cake Academy of New York where you can learn to decorate birthday cakes with "foundant", create all kinds of creamy flowers and create adorable, witty cupcakes.
22. STAUB COCOTTES
A gift in the best French tradition: the cast iron Staub pots are perfect for wintery warm stews, soups and roasts because they maintain heat and distribute it evenly.
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