Still haven’t found the perfect gift for your favorite food lover? These three ideas cover all the bases:
For the Busy Cook
Dinner kits are all the rage now, and might be just the thing for your friend who loves to cook but doesn’t have a lot of time. Here’s how it works: Sign up and you’ll receive a weekly delivery of dinner recipes and portioned, pre-measured ingredients. There’s no shopping or measuring, but you’ll still do all the prep work and the actual cooking—perfect for the chef who just wants to get down to business. There are a variety of popular companies that allow you to gift someone for the holidays, including HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and Plated. They all deliver to different states, so check out each site before you buy.
For Someone With a Sweet Tooth
Legendary chef Daniel Boulud has award-winning restaurants around the world. If you can’t make it to one of them (or can’t afford to), you can still indulge in his gourmet pastries—a lovely gift box of assorted cookies or hard-to-find traditional French caneles are just $29. And for the macaron-obsessed, yes, you can have those delivered too: a dozen in four different flavors costs $39. Buy these and many more gift boxes at store.danielnyc.com.
For the Bookworm
Pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s A Fork in the Road, edited by Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland. This culinary collection compiles original essays from notable chefs and writers, including Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Pollan, Carla Hall, and Frances Mayes. You’ll savor each delicious tidbit, from Gael Greene’s trip on the Amazon filled with Peruvian delicacies to Martin Yan as a four-year-old watching his mother cook sausages and rice in Guangzhou, China.