>> Friday, December 16, 2011
It's that time of year again.
For people like me, who leave things to the last minute. It's time to think really hard - what gifts can I get for that difficult-to-shop-for [insert name]?
Of course, I don't claim to have all of the answers, but through the years I've amassed some pretty cool kitchen & photography things. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite (and perhaps more unique and unusual) things I've gotten over the past few years. Perhaps it can be the perfect gift for some food-loving friend or relative you know.
The Inner Kitchen Chemist
I actually got this present for my birthday about a month ago from some good friends of mine. It's perfect for my inner chemist who likes to play around with powders, liquids, and vials!
This molecular gastronomy kit includes many of the basic ingredients needed to execute all kinds of molecular gastronomy techniques. They also gave me the Alinea cookbook, written by none other than Grant Achatz, one of the leading masterminds of molecular gastronomy in the U.S.
Or Savor Beautiful Food Photography + Recipes
Speaking of books by amazing 3-star Michelin chefs, another great gift idea might be the new, gorgeous book by Daniel Humm about dishes from his newly minted 3-star Michelin restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. I got to try many of these dishes at a special "cookbook tour" dinner cooked by Daniel Humm himself (at Boston at Menton, of all places!) just a few weeks ago. Details from that meal will be posted, soon I hope! I haven't tried cooking out of the book, but I can attest to the fact that it's gorgeous and the food we had on the cookbook tour tasted incredible.
I've been meaning to try out these cool Japanese kitchen items I got in the mail from Korin, a cool specialty Japanese tableware and knives seller from New York City. They carry a lot of neat Japanese kitchenware, including many knives similar to my beloved Masamoto knives (among many other Japanese knives). They recently contacted me asking me if I wanted to review something from their store. I ended up picking this unusual type of pot called a Jo On Sai Pot because it was different and something I'd never tried using before. Look out for a new post about this! Meanwhile, check out Korin's store online, which has tons of fun Japanese-type dishware & knives, many of which would make excellent gifts for anyone who loves Japanese stuff (like me!).
Sous Vide Supreme
Jura-Capresso Impressa F9 Fully Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
avocado, olive oil, black sesame, simple lemon, and grape nut.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron French Oven
Shun Classic 7-Inch Santoku Hollow Ground Knife
Also consider getting the new generation Lumix GX1, either just the body or with a 14-42mm lens.
Click here to read more detailed thoughts about it.
24-105 mm f/4 lens
That's it, for now . . .
I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop here. Hope I gave you some inspiration for possible gifts, either for someone else or even for yourself!
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Have a great final week of holiday shopping!