Gift Guide for the Chowhound

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Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.

We all have that one person in our life—or many, if you’re lucky—who loves to eat more than anything. These people appreciate just about everything you put in front of them, whether it’s a simple roasted chicken, super fancy tasting menu or a plate of $2 dumplings you can only find in the depths of Chinatown. We love these friends because they expose us to new cuisines and experiences, encouraging us to open our minds and our taste buds. So this holiday season, treat your favorite chowhound to one of these stellar gifts, and give him or her something new to chew for once with The Manual’s food lovers gift guide.

FINEX 12” Spring Grill Pan & 1 Quart Sauce Pan Set

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FINEX is bringing heirloom-quality cast iron cookware back to America. All of their handsome geometric designs are hand-crafted and individually seasoned in Portland, Oregon and are built tough enough to last a lifetime. This grill pan and sauce pot set is perfect for any meat enthusiast. Perfectly sear steaks and chops on the grill pan while your sauce cooks in the pot, which is designed with a thick bottom that’ll prevent sweeter sauces from scorching under intense heat. The ergonomic spring handles stay cool on hot burners. $290, Finex.

Maille Exclusive Truffle Mustard Duo


We never thought mustard to be luxurious, until now. This duo of mustards from Maille use both opulent black truffles and exclusive lab engineered flavors to enhance the mushroom’s toothsome flavor. Tangy Chablis white wine gives these condiments a bite that elevates any dish from potatoes to your favorite burger. Not to mention the packaging is on point, so no wrapping necessary. $93, Maille.

Nantucket Food Lover’s Gift Basket


This coastal-themed gift basket is perfect for the East Coast beach bum in your life. It has everything to recreate an authentic Nantucket-style meal from a shellfish set to a cotton lobster bib. Dive into the cookbook The Coastal Table: An Anthology on Seaside Living to get inspired, and don’t forget to finish anything and everything with the lemon thyme herbal salt. $104, Nantucket Looms.

La Tienda Tapas for Two Gift Box

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We come back to La Tienda time and again to snag our favorite authentic Spanish foodstuffs. So we know any gourmand will appreciate this date-night ready tapas box for two, fully equipped with everything you need to make a Spanish feast. The spread includes a La Rioja dry-cured chorizo sausage, Peregrino anchovy stuffed olives, Torres truffle potato chips, Marcona almonds and more. Serve your favorite in the classic terracotta cazuela dish. $59.95, La Tienda.

Customized Wooden Cutting Board


We’re into kitchen tools that serve multiple purposes, which is why we love this customizable cutting board so much. After chopping on the resilient rubberwood, it doubles as a serving platter for cheese, sausages, sandwiches or anything else you desire. Have it laser engraved to make the recipient feel extra special. $29.99, Personal Creations.

Les Trois Petits Cochons Picnic Gift Basket


We love charcuterie here at The Manual, so we consider it to be the perfect gift for any occasion. We always turn to Les Trois Petits Cochons for expertly crafted pâtés, mousses, terrines and rillettes, but they’re all so tasty that it’s difficult to choose just one. So we’re more interested in their Picnic Gift Basket which includes everything from a saucisson sec aux herbes de provence to truffle mousse to cornichons. $79.99, Les Trois Petits Cochons.

Snowe Home Cheese Board Set

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This beautifully modern cheese board is crafted from American-made walnut and hand finished to a unique shape. Though it may look tenuous, the durable wood is perfect for cutting and serving your favorite cheeses, charcuterie and anything else you can imagine. The set comes with three Italian stainless steel cheese knives to take your presentation game to the next level. $95, Snowe.

Savage Carolina Reaper Jerky


Savage Jerky believes that natural is better, which is why they don’t use nitrates or preservatives in their small batch beef jerky. While we love all of the flavors, their Carolina Reaper jerky is the spiciest and also our favorite. A mix of Carolina Reaper peppers, habaneros and Savage’s signature spice rub, this is a gift for true spice hounds only. $8.99, Savage Jerky.

Cacao & Cardamom Perfect Selection Chocolates

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Not only are these chocolates the most beautiful you’ll ever see, they’re also blow-your-mind delicious. With their Perfect Selection box, choose from either their Signature or Southern Comfort collections—or spring for a mix of both—to sample the best of Cacao & Cardamom’s incredible flavors. Chocolates like Szechuan Peppercorn and Garam Masala Pistachio will transport you to a faraway land with every bite. $42, Cacao & Cardamom.

Farm Steady Fresh Cheese Making Kit

Fresh Cheese Making Kit

Making cheese at home is actually pretty simple, and Farm Steady makes the process even easier. Their fresh cheese making kit has everything you need to make four classic Italian cheeses—mozzarella, burrata, ricotta and mascarpone—all you need to do is add milk. It’s the perfect gift for the home cook who wants to take his or her homemade skills to the next level. And maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience a job well done with a thank you cheese board. $25, Farm Steady.