What to Buy the Locavore

What to give the locavores for Xmas this year.

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If your friends haven't jumped on the Pollan bandwagon already, create a box-set of his bestsellers for them. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and The Omnivore's Dilemma are $18.95 (for all three) on Amazon.
We promise, an electric composter is a sexy gift for some people. The thought of turning 120 pounds of monthly food scraps into enriched garden soil is heaven to locavores—and this one is ideal for those with little to no outdoor space ($349 from Gardener's Supply).
Murray's 'The Raw Deal' unpasteurized cheese medley features a selection that includes Sprout Creek Farm Madeleine, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Twin Maple Farm Hudson Red, Jura Erguel, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Old Chatham Shaker Blue ($100).
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Authored by Brooklynites Melissa and Brendan Vaughan, The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map features 70 restaurant recipes (cocktails, too) from NYC's voguish borough.
Gift certificates are impersonal, unless they're exceptionally tailored to the recipient. For the greenie, a voucher to a sustainable restaurant is the way to go. In NYC, there's Jean-Georges's ABC Kitchen, with their locally-grown seasonal produce, organic farm-sourcing, cruelty-free proteins, and fair-trade coffees and teas (vouchers from $25 to $5,000).
Pour in tap water, press a button, and voila—fizzy water. For your aspiring sodamaker friends, throw in a few syrups, and you have a perfect gift ($79.98 at Broadway Panhandler).
Leave it to The Future Perfect to make glass large water bottles look like contemporary art pieces. They'll exalt the average home-made soda any day of the week ($33 each).
For babybjorned hipsters with a vested interest in organic eating, there's this European baby food-making machine that steams, blends, warms and defrosts all-in-one ($149.95 at Williams-Sonoma).
A friendly amenity to any kitchen, this chalkboard also carries a socially-responsible backstory: The German company that designs it, Side by Side, hires disabled folks to help handcraft their products ($110 at Design Within Reach).
Don't worry, no animals were hurt in the making of this bottle opener. Rather, this is a "shed" reindeer antler, meaning no two are perfectly alike ($28 at Anthropologie).
Canal House Cooking has three annual editions (Summer, Fall/Holiday, and Winter/Spring), and was started by two talented Saveur Magazine defectors. Here, Volume 5 is $19.95; a yearly subscription is $49.95; a box set is available at Williams-Sonoma.
Canning used to be for the olds, but now it's a cultish pastime among young local-food movement followers. Attach a certificate to a preserving class at a local restaurant or culinary institute to round-out this gift (case of Ball mason canning jars, $16.93 through Amazon).
Using these cotton napkins—as opposed to disposables, or the occasional lazy paper towel—is a stylish, environment-friendly move (set of six at Anthropologie, $32).
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The Stanley Thermos design has gone unchanged since it first debuted in 1913, making it a popular throwback among the thrift-shop-inclined. Its utility caters to pragmatists—it's perfect for hiking, beach-bumming, and picnicking ($42 at Design Within Reach).
This simple, vintage-style teapot has a basket tea infuser inside and will brew up to two cups in one boil ($23 at Sprout Home).
For your pie-obsessed loved ones there's Anthropologie's new bone china pie plates. They're both dishwasher and microwave safe, and newly a la mode. If you haven't noticed, old-fashioned equals hip ($8-$28).
Get your home-cooking friends the ne plus ultra in beautiful and functional cookware. Consider it an investment with a nice return— future dinner parties at their place (Le Creuset 5 Piece Essential Set, $475 at Broadway Panhandler).
Encourage your eco-friendly buddies' zero-kilometer food goals with Bloom-in-a-Bag. Even if it turns out to be a non-blossoming gimmick, for $9.99, it's the thought that counts (through Amazon).
The hands-on tool for crushing, grinding and mixing has made a comeback, as home-cooks get more ambitious and old-school about their techniques. This olive wood mortar and pestle from The Conran Shop is part of an exclusive kitchen collection ($75).
These cow-and-pig salt and pepper shakers from A&G Merch allude to sudden food crazes, from snout-to-tail to DIY-butchering ($29).
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