Epicure’s Ultimate Holiday Wish List

The first snow of the season has mostly melted from the sidewalks of Boston, but twinkling lights in shop windows still herald the upcoming holidays. Drawing on the expertise of the Sel de la Terre staff, Salt News has compiled some gift ideas that will please the bon vivant in your life.

The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher
This collection of essays is essential reading for any epicure. MFK Fisher blends autobiography, historical information, and recipes with great insight and masterful prose; she is characterized by John Updike as a “poet of the appetites.”

Kolo wine glasses
Available at the ICA, these mouth blown glasses come in different shapes and offer a truly artistic way to serve seasonal wines. Check out the Damian Ortega show while you’re there!

Simon Pearce wood chopping block
Beautifully constructed and extremely durable for everyday slicing and dicing.

Hattori chef’s knife
In the Sel de la Terre kitchen, Walker Widner says this is the first tool he takes out and the last tool he puts away. “I spend more time with my knife than I do with my girlfriend,” he jokes. From butchering proteins to julienning vegetables, a Hattori chef’s knife is versatile and everlasting.

Le Creuset French oven
This enameled cast iron cookware is coveted by chefs around the globe. Check out the new, super sexy black onyx.

Microplane 46720 Premium Zester/Grater
Use to shave hard cheeses, chocolate, aromatics, and spices. Slip it into a stocking with satsumas or clementines—the microplane zests the outer layer of the citrus fruit where essential oils provide the most intense flavor.

Barismo coffee
This independent, small batch roaster in Arlington offers delicious beans in a variety of styles with detailed brewing instructions—perfect for coffee aficionados and aspiring chemists alike. Standout brews include the Kieni from Kenya and the Helsar de Zarcero from Costa Rica.

Zabar’s Scotch-cured Kosher Nova salmon
Pile atop Bagel Rising bagels for a holiday morning brunch. Sel de la Terre Floor Manager Peter Juusola recommends quickly sautéing the traditional accompaniments of red onion and capers for more delicate flavor.

Taza chocolate
Rooted in the Mesoamerican tradition of chocolate, Taza chocolates are stone ground, organic, and locally produced in Somerville. Try the tasting set, which includes cacao nibs, chocolate Mexicano discs, and dark chocolate bars.

Fleur de Sel de Guerande
The most ethereal of sea salts, fleur de sel rises to the top of salt ponds and is harvested by hand. This fleur de sel from the Loire-Atlantique department in western France is particularly lovely and available at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge.

SDLT Gift Cards and Chef McClelland’s cookbook, Wine Mondays: Simple Wine Pairings with Seasonal Menus
Experience the exquisite cuisine of Sel de la Terre, which blends local New England ingredients with the flavors of Provence. And Wine Mondays is available for 20% off until Christmas!

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~ by saltnews on December 8, 2009.

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