Gift Guide: Culinary Culture

The Silver Spoon for Children New Edition: Favorite Italian Recipes

$25

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Comprising 40 recipes for Italian dishes, the new edition of The Silver Spoon for Children celebrates the book’s 10th anniversary with a refreshed, user-friendly layout. Featuring charming, helpful illustrations by Harriet Russell as well as enticing food photography, the updated cookbook (edited by Amanda Grant) includes instructions on making classics like spaghetti all’amatriciana, stuffed peaches and prosciutto-wrapped melon. Intended for kids seven and older, it’s a …

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Vignelli Hellerware Rainbow Stacking Dinnerware

$60

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Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s iconic Rainbow Stacking Dinnerware was originally manufactured in 1964 in Italy, later launched in the US by Heller circa 1971. The collection comprises jaunty, bright pieces for casual meals. Made from melamine, the pieces are timeless with a tinge of kitsch. The reissued collection is available in sets of six bowls, dinner plates, salad plates and mugs.

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Designed by architect Marco Sironi for Italian glass manufacturer Ichendorf Milano, the Piuma Teapot features slightly rounded edges and a circular handle, resulting in a clean and elegant expression. Crafted from hand-blown borosilicate glass, it has an interior filter for loose-leaf tea. Available in two colors and sizes, it’s an elevated vessel to be used every day or on special occasions.

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Made from 100% organic Koroneiki olives grown on farms along the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece, Oracle Olive Oil is peppery and fresh. Koroneiki olives are high in polyphenol and oleocanthal, and are small but yield low-acidity oil, making this product not only ideal for cooking but also for dipping bread in or for using in salad dressing.

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By culinary design company Aplat, the Vin Bottle Tote stores a bottle horizontally while its three side pockets offer room for snacks, charcuterie and other accoutrements. The compact and sleek design—made from certified organic, heavyweight cotton canvas—makes setting up a picnic and other festivities a breeze.

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French Press Brewer

$49

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HAY’s French Press Brewer is a refreshing update to the classic mode of coffee-making. The one-liter glass brewer comes in two retro-leaning styles: clear with a yellow and blue lid or aqua with a teal and brown top. When not in use, the colorful essential makes for joyful decor.

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From Yiayia and Friends—a brand that celebrates Greek cuisine through snacks, olive oils, kitchenware and more—comes a red fruit vinegar made with organically grown grapes. Rich and aromatic, this aged balsamic is perfect for making salad dressing or marinades. Like all Yiayia and Friends products, the colorful and playful design makes it pleasing to keep on the dining table. Price is in Euros.

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Ikoyi: A Journey Through Bold Heat with Recipes

$65

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From childhood friends and co-founders of London’s two-Michelin-starred Ikoyi, Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan’s Ikoyi: A Journey Through Bold Heat with Recipes explores the flavors of sub-Saharan West Africa. The spice-focused menu at Ikoyi is given extra insight in the book, with each of the 80 recipes accompanied by a story explaining how the dish was developed, as well as information about seasonality. The dishes here …

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Essential Matcha Kit

$130

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From Ippodo—a Kyoto-based company that has made high-quality tea for almost three centuries—comes this Essential Matcha Kit. Included in the all-in-one set: high-grade matcha, white tea bowl, bamboo ladle, tea strainer, whisk and even a whisk stand for storage. The matcha is a rich, smooth iteration called Horai that combines sweetness, bitterness and umami. It’s a lovely set for experts and rookies, and for the …

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An ode to canine companions, this 100% cotton Blue Dogs Tea Towel features dog illustrations by artists who are part ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a UK-based non-profit that represents creatives who are neuro-diverse and/or have physical support needs. Each artist drew a pet’s portrait in blue pencil, creating a delightful print of all types of dogs. Plus, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the charming but …

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Made with Primitivo and Zinfandel grapes grown at Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley, the brand’s 2019 Estate Zinfandel possesses an “old-world” quality—a classic rich, slightly rustic profile that’s dark fruit-froward. With baking spice aromas (from cinnamon to clove and even vanilla) as well as hints of cherry, tobacco and licorice, it’s an earthy, tart wine that pairs perfectly with hearty fare.

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Patchwork Smash “Bourbon by the Fire” Sweater

$250

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Composed of 100% deadstock alpaca wool, the limited edition Patchwork Smash “Bourbon by the Fire” sweater is an anti-waste, heirloom quality article of clothing crafted for all genders. Made by the woman-founded, slow-fashion brand The Endery in collaboration with Maker’s Mark, the festive sweater marries together patches of vintage-inspired knits. Each sweater is signed by the artisan that assembled it—and Maker’s Mark will donate 100% of …

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