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Friday, December 20, 2013

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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Food-loving friends can be hard to shop for. They seem to already own every kitchen gadget imaginable, have shelves full of cookbooks and a stocked bar. Lucky for you, they're always hungry for more. So here's our last-minute gift guide that will satisfy your friend's never-ending appetite.

Instant Satisfaction

Nothing brings more joy to this friend than more food. This is a gift that is not only enjoyed by the person you gave it to, but if you're lucky, they might break into it immediately and share some with you.

Marla Bakery Panettone, $28

This traditional Italian cake is the mother of all edible Christmas gifts.

Fox and Lion Bread Club, $20-$260

A loaf of freshly baked bread each week is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Oaktown Spice Shop Gift Boxes, $14-$45

These fresh herbs, spices, and blends make a great gift for the friend that barely leaves the kitchen at every dinner party.

Cooking Classes

Trust us, this gift is not an insult. A cooking class is something your friend would love to take but refuses to spend the money on it because they think they can learn everything they need to on YouTube.

Hands-on Cooking Class at SF Cooking School, $60-$360

Classes in pasta or cheese-making, cookbook cooking, and wine tasting are all options at this industry-run cooking school.

Membership to 18 Reasons, $40

18 Reasons community food space hosts cooking classes, seminars, and dinners. Membership provides invites to dinners and discounts on classes.

Knife Sharpening class at Bernal Cutlery, $75

This three-hour class offers hands-on knife sharpening skills that even the best home cook might be lacking. Call for availability.

Deck the Halls

Help your friend jazz up their kitchen decor or add some flair to their table. Cooks tend to buy more kitchen equipment than decorative pieces and so you're safe if you stick to this category. It's highly unlikely that they'll already own any of these.

Drywell Art for Eaters and Drinkers, $20-$75

While pot racks and magnetic knife strips make lovely wall art, a food or drink print will make a great addition to their kitchen.

Golden Barware form Umami Mart, $90

This gold-plated cocktail shaker will take any party to the next level.

Serving Bowl from Heath Ceramics, $129

This company has been making ceramics in Sausalito since the late 1940's. Its products are beautifully made and worth every penny.

Food for Thought

These recently released food books are sure to be on every cook's list and can all be found at Omnivore Books on Food. Even better, most copies have been signed by the authors thanks to rotating events hosted at the store every week. Prices vary.

Inside the California Food Revolution by Joyce Goldstein: An inside look at the journey behind the farm-to-table movement in California.

The New California Wine by Jon Bonne: The story of up-and-coming California winemakers and how they're changing the industry.

Coi: Stories and Recipes by Daniel Patterson and Manresa: An Edible Reflection by David Kinch: Both books are for your serious foodie friends. You know, the friend that saves their pennies for the chance to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants.

The Art of Simple Food II by Alice Waters: This book is a sure thing. Anyone that loves food is interested in what Ms. Waters has to say.

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