Top 10 Holiday Gifts: Presents for Foodies

For some people, food is just the stuff we eat, but for others, it's a bit more important. Take your mother, whose favorite television show is Top Chef and who staged a Quickfire Gravy Challenge at Thanksgiving this year. From the boyfriend who says "yes chef!" when you're boiling pasta for dinner to the best friend who tries to make everything from scratch, including puff pastry, wine and, um, sausages, everyone knows someone whose world revolves around food.

This holiday season, skip the boring wine-opener or snowman-shaped rubber spatula, and get a gift your food lover will really appreciate.

This year, skip the gingerbead-chef mug, and get a real food focused gift.
This year, skip the gingerbead-chef mug, and get a real food focused gift.
Williams Sonoma

10. iTunes Gift Card

Is your foodie just as tech savvy as they are experienced in the kitchen? This year, spoil them with the gift of technology, and gift an iTunes card, with the suggestion of food inspired applications to download and podcasts to subscribe to for their iPhone or iPod touch. With prices ranging from $3.95 to free, it doesn't take much to set them up with a mobile dictionary of all the best in food knowledge. Some suggestions include KCRW's Good Food with Evan Kleiman Podcast, Clean Eats App, which allows you to search restaurants by health inspection ratings, Hungry? Tourist Walkabout Guide Los Angeles App, which shows LA restaurants in walking distance, and, of course, the LA Weekly application, which lets you search reviews of the best restaurants in town. At these prices (yep, we mean the free ones), you may just have to spoil yourself with this gift.

Apple iTunes Store

9. Food Film

Recreate those culinary cinematic moments for your food lover, and make your present a copy of one this year's great food flicks. Choose from the popular Julie &Julia (Decemeber 8th release), the award-winning documentary Food, Inc, and the lovable Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (pre-order for January 5th release). For an added bonus, add the complimentary book and let your foodie read and watch their favorite food moments over and over again.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts: Presents for Foodies
Cafecito Organico

8. A good cup of joe

For your culinary aficionado, a good cup of coffee is hard to beat. Local roasters, Cafecito Organico roast organic, fair trade coffee, including signal origin espresso, and decaffeinated beans. Along with a glass of their cold brewed iced coffee or freshly made espresso shot, pick up a bag of the beans at the Silverlake, Hollywood, and Barnsdale Park farmers markets. Or order a bag for your coffee snob online.

7. Farmer's Market Basket

Does your food lover want to cook with the best produce, but can't manage to find the time for a trip to the market? This year, make shopping easy by signing them up with a local CSA (community sponsored agriculture) program. Choose from the options of weekly, bi-weekly or monthly deliveries of local goods and produce, giving your food-focused friend all the best of local goods. Try LA favorites Tierra Migeul Foundation, Love Delivery, or one of the many other LA-based groups. Can't manage the cost of a year's subscription? Choose a reusable farmers market bag and pick up a week's worth of cheese, honey, meat, eggs, and fresh produce from your local farmers market.

Tierra Migeul Foundation, 14910 Pauma Valley Drive, (760) 742-4213; Love Delivery, (310) 821-5683

6. A Cookbook from an LA Chef

After cooking his Monday night suppers at Campanile for over ten years, Peel has collected his favorite of these classic comfort dishes into his newest cookbook, New Classic Family Dinners. With over 200 recipes and engaging photography, the newly published book will inspire anyone into the kitchen and may serve as the starter to your best meal yet.

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