While we’re of the opinion that everyone is essentially a “foodie”—especially at this time of year—we’ve all got that one friend or loved one who really trumps us all in the kitchen.
They know the coolest chefs, they’ve been to basically every restaurant in your city, and they’re on the latest booze bandwagon (whether that’s seltzer, mezcal, or moonshine). This particular friend can also whip up a mean Carbonara Florentine and shake a perfect martini, they probably own a sous vide, and yes, they brew their own beer.
From new cookbooks to kitchen tools they’ll love forever, here are 11 gifts to impress the foodie in your life.
Africola By Duncan Welgemoed
Brash, bold, and boozy—Duncan Welgemoed's cookbook, named for his multi-award-winning Adelaide restaurant of the same name, is a must for any foodie this Christmas. Expect an encyclopedia of ferments, condiments, and pickles, as well as recipes that are all about powerful flavours created from sustainably sourced, low-impact-on-the-earth ingredients. Shop here.
Cole & Mason Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Truffle oil, while possibly one of life's ultimate indulgences, is a must for any kitchen. Drizzle it across hot popcorn, or as the finishing touch to a creamy risotto. Like we said—essential. Shop here.
Koko Black's Edible Ornaments
How does a foodie decorate their tree? With food, of course. Actually—with fancy chocolate, from the one-and-only Koko Black. Featuring white, milk and, dark "dotties", these are perfect for decorating (and eating). Shop here.
Air Garden is an epic vertical garden system that allows you to grow up to 30 of your own plants in less than one square metre. This means you can have a fully-fledged veggie patch on your balcony, in your tiny terrace courtyard, or on your front porch. It’s also a great way to reduce those food miles, use way less water, and go organic. Shop here.
IIttala Kastehelmi Tumbler Set
Named after the Finnish name for dewdrop, these stunning tumblers from one of the world's most celebrated glass craftmanship brands are sure to be a hit with any foodie you know. Shop here.
Australian Food By Bill Granger
He's the man credited with creating brunch as we know it in Australia (his ricotta hotcakes are still a hot ticket in Sydney). He's even been called the "creator of avocado toast" by the Washington Post (ahem, wow) and the "restaurateur most responsible for the Australian cafe's global reach" by The New Yorker. In Australian Food, Bill Granger divulges the recipes, including those famous and fluffy scrambled eggs, that he reckons are now distinctly Australian. Shop here.
BK Dutch Oven
Olive green on the outside, and royal blue on the inside, for something that looks as slick as it cooks, without the outrageous price tag of its cast-iron counterparts, we love this carbon steel Dutch oven from the OG creators of the Dutch oven—BK. Shop here.
Florentine By Emiko Davies
Trips to Italy were definitely cancelled this year, but let Aussie-born, Florence-based foodie Emiko Davies whisk you off to Firenze with a torta di mele, a reassuringly nonna-esque apple cake, and a ravioli pera e ricotta, a mouthwatering and buttery pear and ricotta ravioloni. It's the trip we all need this summer. Shop here.
Noritake Le Restaurant Pasta Serving Bowl
Featuring some fun french bistro cartoons on sweet ivory porcelain that definitely make us think of Disney's Ratatouille, this pasta bowl will be in your foodie friend's kitchen for life. Shop here.
Healthy Choice Digital Electric Air Fryer
The idea with these contraptions is that you're able to eliminate the excess cooking oil—and therefore enjoy all your fried favourites in a more healthy way. Shop here.
The Whole Fish Cookbook By Josh Niland
Sydney chef Josh Niland is one-of-a-kind and a real national treasure. His book, The Whole Fish Cookbook, scored two awards at the James Beard Awards in the States this year, and his approach to fish, sustainability, and the future of food—revealed at Fish Butchery and Saint Peter in Paddington—has earned him tonnes of praise and a few very well-deserved awards too. Shop here.
For more epic gift ideas, check out our Christmas gift guides here.
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