The Salonniere’s Christmas Gift Guide for Cooks and Foodies


Here’s the latest round of the Salonniere’s Christmas Gift Guide! And it’s a yummy one today – the gift guide for foodies and cooks!

Clockwise from top left corner:

  1. Fresh herbs, as opposed to dried herbs, is the one thing I’ve never underestimated on a plate since a friend of mine sprinkled some fresh herbs from his garden on some pizzas we were making. The flavour and freshness is beyond words and since then, J and I have been planning to get some little potted herbs for our kitchen as well. This DIY hexagonal chive planter kit from Cast A Hex would be a pretty and useful addition to any cook’s kitchen.
  2. The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook is a m in any salonniere’s kitchen. Toklas lived with her lover, Gertude Stein at their home and salon in Paris where Toklas cooked and ate with writers like Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse and Thornton Wildder. This book features both recollections and recipes from the couple’s time in Paris with these famous artists. Plus, with chapter titles like Murder in the Kitchen and Dishes for Artists, who could resist such a book?
  3. Juices are such a staple in the yummy health food craze, but we hardly ever use our juicer because it’s such work taking apart and cleaning the million different parts. Now I have my eye on this George Foreman Mix & Go Blender with Travel  Bottles. It’s so easy – just add your ingredients, blend, and go!
  4. I have learned the hard way how important it is to keep an eye on the clock while cooking in the kitchen. I’m still terrible at it – I tend to hazard a guess as to how long to simmer or bake something. But I’m pretty sure I’d remember to set a timer if I had this adorable Compact Cube Kitchen Timer in White. How cool and modern is this timer?
  5. This is a cute little tea infuser which I’ve had my eye on for a couple of years now. It’s a little yellow submarine – perfect for Beatles and tea fans!
  6. How cool is this rice cube for creating little, well, rice cubes? Knock the socks off your guest with your presentation of little sushi cubes or other ingredients like polenta and lentils. And check out the recipes on the website too!

Finally, how beautiful and touching is this story of American college student Jackie Turner? A straight-A student from a Californian university who came from a broken home and was abused as a child, she placed an ad on Craiglist advertising to rent a caring family for the Christmas holiday. My heart broke when I read her story and I wished I could be one of the many families to offer her a home for Christmas! I’m so glad she got so many offers as well as responses from other children of broken homes who she now plans to bring together for Christmas. I wish her all the best for her future – she is such an inspiring, beautiful woman!

Here’s wishing all of you a loving and delicious Christmas!


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