Eat It, Atlanta Holiday Gift Guide 2012

December 20, 2012 · 5 comments

in atlanta, misc food

It’s probably too late to buy gifts, unless you have Amazon Prime (aka greatest thing ever), but here are some food gift ideas. I’ve been doing this for a few years, so I don’t want to break the streak, though I won’t best last year’s guide. Everything on that list is still something you need or I desire. I bought that bottarga for a friend last year, you know, so he could cook with it for me, and it’s fantastic. And who doesn’t have a bean pot yet?!?

1 – Aero Press. It’s my go-to method of making coffee while traveling (and often at home). Along with it, I pack a digital gram scale, a hand crank burr grinder, and if you want to up your game get the stainless steel coffee filter. All of this is available at Octane, by the way. Finally, watch this video from Coffee Nate on proper use (note – it is not the same instructions that come with the Aero Press – toss those out).

2 – Sauces

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Bourbon Barrel Foods Soy Sauce 

3 – Thermapen

Oldie, but so necessary

4 – Containers

For holding stuff.

5 – Burger things

Yes, this is linking to another gift list, but I have this spatula, and it’s the shizzle.

6 – Cookbooks

I actually don’t have either of these, but I want them both. I have Mr. Ottolenghi’s previous cookbook Plenty, which has a great deal of pretty pictures, but also many intriguing ideas and the results in my partially veg-home have been fantastic.

I also recently purchased BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang, and have heard even better things about Charred and Scruffed. Adam tends to teach technique over recipes, and he has a common-sense approach to BBQ and little riffs on traditional methods which seem simple but make all the difference.

(images stolen from Amazon, but I’m linking to them so…)






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  • ugh i need someone to kvetch about this to, and your post reminded me: bon appetit listed kikkoman low sodium as, like, THE soy sauce that they recommend?!??! what the fuck? i’m not fancy enough to get the one you recommend, but i at least spring for some semi-decent tamari.


  • martha

    Thank you for the info about the AeroPress. I got one for my son to take to Afghanistan in Jan. I don’t think using the grinder will be a possibility. We’ll be checking out your instructions for sure.

  • Best of luck to your son overseas! Grinder or no, the Aero Press will serve him well. Easy to clean, compact, etc. Probably perfect for what he needs. The steel filter may be a good idea though. That way he doesn’t have to mess with keeping paper filters around.

  • Walter Sobchack

    Sure, make your yearly post of fancy gifts that sound amazing- gifts I’m sure you give to your family and close friends! But let me tell you, if your on the fringe, you get a few bags of Tostitos! This aggression will not stand, man.

  • Thanks so much for mentioning my AeroPress video! Great post :D

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