All We Want For Christmas: A Wish List From The LA Weekly Food Team

La Querica Prosciutto American
La Querica Prosciutto American

It's that time of year, when material and consumer lust the joy of giving is upon us. There are a million food-related gift guides out there, many of them touting all that's new and exciting in the world of cooking gadgets and indulgent eating. But I thought, rather that scour the web for gift ideas, I'd ask my coworkers what they'd like to get for the holidays. I checked in with the other members of LA Weekly's food and drink team to see what they're lusting after, in the hopes that one of their wishes might give someone out there a gift idea for the food obsessive in their life.

La Querica Prosciutto American
La Querica Prosciutto American
La Querica Prosciutto American

Amy Scattergood, Food Editor

"A whole prosciutto from La Quercia. Or a whole pig, really.

A subscription to Lucky Peach. Well, another one, since I keep giving them to people and leaving them on airplanes.

A box of mis en place cups with lids from Smart & Final. They disappear (socks in the dryer).

Beans, lots of beans, from Rancho Gordo.

In an ideal world? A Bob Kramer Damascus knife."

Gyuto knife with Petrified Wood Handle
Gyuto knife with Petrified Wood Handle
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Garrett Snyder, Food Blogger

"Togiharu Gyuto knife -- hand formed Japanese chefs knife. 9 inch blade. Way more hardcore than a Global and looks like a samurai sword to boot.

DIY homemade cheese kit. -- then I'm just 18 months away from homemade espoisse, or a case of botulism.

Whiskey stones - kind of ridiculous, but cool for chilling any drink you don't want to water down."

Patrick Comiskey, Wine Writer

"I want two magnums, both French little wines, both with old vine character, both relatively inexpensive (e.g., $50, more or less), and both the right size and flavor set for holiday tippling and/or meals.

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvee Tardive, the most gorgeous old vine Beaujolais I had in that region last month, and Clos des Briords Muscadet Sevre et Main Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, a leesy well-built old vine muscadet for seafood, oysters especially."

Star Wars spatula set
Star Wars spatula set

Tien Nguyen, Food Blogger

"Kalita Wave coffee dripper.

Dinnerware set from Heath Ceramics. Just the basics. If that's too expensive (because it is), I'm willing to settle for a spoon.

Books: A Girl and Her Pig. Jerusalem. The Hakka Cookbook.

Star Wars spatula set. One of those things I'd never buy for myself, but would be totally elated if someone bought for me."

Barkeeper
Barkeeper
B. Rodell

Besha Rodell, Food Critic (that's me!)

Vintage barware from Barkeeper.

A magnum of Champagne. A magnum of white Burgundy. Yay!! Magnums!!

A coffee subscription from Counter Culture. (I'd love one from Handsome but they don't offer subscriptions, and I want the gift that keeps on caffeinating).

Riedel Champagne and chardonnay glasses (to handle the contents of those magnums).

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Dupree is signing copies tonight at Surface in Culver City from 5-7 p.m., as an aside...a signed copy would be even better!).

A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 (ha, ha - yeah right).

See also:

Top 5 Coffee Gifts For The Home Barista

A Cookbook Gift Pairing: The 2012 Meat + Salumi Edition

Top 5 Gifts for Bread Bakers: Your Kitchen, My Boulangerie


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