20 Gifts for Food Lovers

by Maxwell Tielman

I’ve always been a bit confused by the term “foodie.” Not because I don’t know what it means or I don’t believe that such people exist, but because I feel like the love of good food is universal. Unless you’re a robot, chances are you eat and make food—and you probably want it to taste great! This is why, whether you’re buying for a five-star chef or a first-time cook, good food and great tools always make great gifts. From beautiful kitchen essentials to artisanal treats from some of our favorite grocers and restaurants, these 20 gifts are sure to please the tastes (and the stomachs) of whoever they meet! —Max

Clockwise from top: Max Poglia's heirloom-quality utility knife, handmade using horn, brass, and repurposed steel. Momofuku Milk Bar's "Crack Pie" makes for a great hostess gift. Atlas Pepper Mill in brass. Eataly's "The Everyday Eatalian" gift set comes packed to the brim with all sorts of Italian cooking essentials.
I love the glass-handled version of the classic Chemex Brewer—no need to detach a wooden handle every time you wash it!
1) Hudson Standard's Apple Coriander Apple Shrub, a modern take on an old-school drink mixer.

2) Rockerbox Spice Co's assorted spice powders are fabulous additions to any meal (they also taste great on popcorn!).

3) Noble's Tonic #1 barrel-aged maple syrup.

4) This chocolate bar from Fruition is made from 100% Peruvian Cacao—no sugar or additives of any kind. Get ready for the ultimate chocolate fix.
East To West Wood's black walnut cake & cheese knife.
Public Espresso's "Coffee Nerd Starter Kit" features everything for the coffee lover—a mug, a ceramic coffee dripper, paper filters, and a pound of Public's coffee, roasted daily in Buffalo, NY.
1) Tommaso Caldera's "Pita" marble mortar and pestle features a conical design that fits into your hand.

2) Crate & Barrel's marble utensil crock

3) Crate & Barrel's marble pastry slab
Greenpoint Brooklyn's Bellocq's holiday tea collection.
Got any cheese lovers on your list? This assortment from The Bedford Cheese Shop comes with a handcrafted wooden paddle, three wedges of cheese, a jar of chutney, and crackers.
The "Artisan Tote" from Haven's Kitchen features an assortment of treats from Brooklyn-based artisanal producers.
Blackcreek Mercantile's cutting boards and cutting board oil, both handcrafted in Kingston, NY.
And lastly, a little something for the mixologist-in-training—a barkeeper's gift set that includes a Ball Jar cocktail shaker and a copy of Eric Prum and Josh Williams' Shake.

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