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Gabe and I are back with another gift guide. This year, I am pleased to announce that we are releasing this approximately four days before the last few years, so hopefully you will have some more time for shopping.
The points below are a few things that have made us happy all year round, or in some cases, things are on our list. Many of them are products made by friends that I love, and I think they do amazing things, and the whole world should know about them.
We would love to hear your feedback on our list, and I'm always happy to know what other people are giving.
I admit, this year, I've been busy finishing my book and sharing it with the world. I did not have as much time as I would like to dive into new books, but here are a few I have. I spent some time on their pages and I'm looking forward to cooking:
1. Well then
The latest book by Julia Turshen is full of recipes that I do every day. They are simple and creative and the recipes work!
Every winter I like to go to a project. This year; Fermentation. I want to understand how these little bubbles work without getting sick. If you have someone in your life who loves a profound kitchen project, this book is for them. It is really nerdy and full of beautiful and practical pictures.
Third The taste bible
This never leaves my kitchen. In fact, since I did a bit of recipe planning this morning, I have this book at my feet. I've talked about it many times, but it's worth repeating.
Elevated camping food full of unique ideas for cooking over the fire. What we all know is one of my favorite pastimes. This book makes the often overwhelming task of preparing food at the campsite very feasible and fun. I love the illustrations and the practical diagrams.
One of my goals for 2018 was to learn more about wine. I'm not sure how much I've learned, but I've had quite a bit of it – which is really important for the learning process. This book is a good guide to so many varieties and combines the wine with some of the tastiest food – FALFEL WAFFELS !!
Nelly and Michael are two of my favorite people and they just produce the best smoked salmon. If you want to get a taste of the PNW, you need it. They were also our guides for the Alaska episodes.
7th Schotts cardigan
I treated this sweater about a month ago and did not take it off. They say it's a men's sweater, but I say it's mine.
I bought one of them Uwajimaya here in Seattle. It was an unnecessary adventure with us on every kitchen as it is both functional and beautiful, used almost every day in my home kitchen.
This special knife bag is on my Christmas list this year. I bought a cheap bag earlier this year and wondered why I waited so long. It's perfect for traveling (but of course you need to check it in a suitcase) or drive from one place to another. I love having everything I need and all my favorite tools in one place. It is perfect for outdoor cooking, as I only want to take the things I need, and nothing more. Great for the kitchen lovers and chefs in your life.
These impressive calendars have been gifted a few times. We collected so many pictures during the year and this is an amazing way to highlight them.
I've long been a fan of Hugh's food photography, but his water prints are so soothing and beautiful. I want them all.
I LOVE subscriptions for the holidays – it's literally the gift that keeps on giving. Here are a few favorites.
For the person who loves a little help in planning kitchen recipes, grocery lists, etc. Sara's friendly voice appears weekly in your inbox to deliver wholesome and tasty recipes that help with the infinite question – "What's's for dinner?" Her recipes are accessible but exciting, strong in vegetables with a fresh freshness that I just love.
Never go out of coffee again. This is a gift that I can leave behind.
Kasey and Matt are allied spirits in the kitchen and around the turntable. I've gifted Gabe with a bunch of Sounds Delicious albums and it's always a pleasure when they arrive in the mailbox. Matt has curated an incredible list of artists covering an entire album. I love the design of the albums themselves, and each one was so much fun.
fifteen. Modern hunter
This magazine is incredibly inspiring visually and was also such a strong voice for me as I entered deeper into the outdoor world this year and spent most of my life fighting the hunt. It's a biannual journal with the heart to change the narrative around hunting. It's perfect for outdoor photographers and people who are generally interested in an outdoor lifestyle.
16 Biscoff cookies – Let's be honest, I am married to someone who has his own set of cookies. And they are just amazing. But there's time and space for just about every biscuit, and maybe my favorite biscuit, along with the now rare afternoon cup of coffee is a Biscoff. Ashley knows I love her and always brings me a snack pack on her flights. That's just one of the reasons why I love her. In her new book, you'll also find Ashley's recipe for Biscoff-style cookies: Let's stay in it.
17 Rhodia Legal Pad – If you're something like me, you love a good to-do list. And you are more than just a little bit of daily paper and pen work. I've been using Rhodia notebooks for years and love how they pick up the ink. Whether you feel a tip, a pen, a ballpoint pen, or an old school pencil lead, this paper is great for everyday notes and lists to keep you organized.
18 Books and art of invisible creature – These brothers are super talented. I've been fortunate enough to work with them on a few small photo projects, and I'm always thrilled to see what they're up to (NASA commissioned space travel posters and stamps for the United States Postal Service). When I saw that they were illustrating a Golden Book on Pixar's The Incredibles, I immediately took one out. I'm also making room for my Invisible Creature Oxford Pennant, which is reminiscent of the Kingdome. Take a look at her books, posters, prints and pennants. All great gift ideas.
19 PG Tips – Last year, I mentioned that for health reasons, I restricted my coffee supply and increasingly relied on tea to get me up and running in the morning. Ashley reached out our hand good friend Kacie (who currently lives in England) about a daily drinker and Kacie recommended PG Tips. She even gave me a little insight into the right brewing. I think if it's good enough for the queen and country, it's good enough for me. A nice start to the day.
20 Save a puppy – Win the coveted "Parents of the Year" award from your children by giving them a puppy for Christmas. There are a number of animal adoption agencies, of which we have adopted two dogs Save big animals (who saved our lily from a shelter). Our two dogs (Lillian and Frederick) have given our family immense pleasure.
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