What to buy the gastronome

What to buy the gastronome.

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Slip a hand-calligraphed dinner I.O.U. inside the front cover of Smythson's leather-bound 'Food For Thought' journal and you've got yourself a very elegant token of affection ($73 at Barneys New York).
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The quarterly Gastronomica's mission—feed "readers' sensual and intellectual appetites with food-focused writing"—may sound highfalutin, but the results are quite accessible. This pub belongs on self-ordained foodies' coffee tables across the land (annual subscription $50).
Your wino friends will get dozens of bottles for the holidays, but they probably won't get a viticultural map. This one comprehensively diagrams the vineyards in the Langhe and Tuscany, and was created by nuclear scientist-turned-journalist/cartographer Alessandro Masnaghetti ($9.95 at Rare Wine Co.).
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For those who love the good life, there's caviar. Pair this stainless steel serving bowl ($35 at Design Within Reach) with a jar of the fancy stuff, and throw in some Widow's Hole L.I. oysters, and a bottle of champers to round out the gift. (Tattinger, Comtes de Champagne 1998 comes recommended by Le Bernardin's wine director Aldo Sohm.)
The Neue Galerie—Manhattan's early 20th-century German and Austrian art museum on the Upper East Side—isn't the first place you'd go to find an eating utensil. This silver-plated cake server, designed by architect Josef Hoffman, is a surprising find ($85).
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The ideal gift for a hostess who likes the fromage. This Laguiole cheese knife set includes a spunky cleaver, fork, and spreader ($32 at Anthropologie).
Consider gifting this pricey 7-piece copper set as an investment—just think about all the future dinner parties to which they'll feel obligated to invite you ($729.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond).
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For your cocktail-swilling friends there's this Bauhaus stainless steel shaker that breaks the mold ($388 at Alessi).
New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser outdoes herself with her new 932-page cookbook, which has 1,000 recipes, a historical record of American eating habits, and more ($22 through Amazon).
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The iconic Illy X1 espresso machine should be a fixture in any gastronome's kitchen. Upgrading their morning coffee situation this radically will get you a lifetime of thank yous ($695 at Barneys New York).
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For food-obsessed menu-planners there's this All-Clad electric slow cooker which facilitates fabulous meals 26-hours in the making ($199.98 at Zabar's).
A vintage food poster is a safe bet—they're becoming in just about any style apartment, from modern to traditional. This original 1933 print is actually an ad for a vineyard by artist Leon Dupin ($275 at The Rare Wine Co.).
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A box of chocolates is a fine gift—a truffle-making kit, however is a more interesting way to cater to any addicts on your list ($47.95 at Charles Chocolates).
For the persnickety dining room table and the etiquette stickler who presides over it: Crystal knife rests from Baccarat ($65 each).
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Let's face it, most of-the-month-clubs have a downmarket feel. But not all of them. Astor Wine's connoisseur-level Grand Cru Wine Club delivers two monthly bottles of Bordeaux, Burgundy, or California Cabernet Sauvignon ($254.99 monthly subscription).
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Gourmet Magazine's editors dug into their 68-year old treasure trove of cookie recipes, and chose the single best one for every year ($9.90 on Amazon).
Pre-packaged gift baskets feel impersonal, if downright corporate. We've made an exception here with Di Bruno Bros.' "Cheesebox Extravaganza" which has everything from house-aged asiago and parmigiano reggiano to dried porcini mushrooms and imported biscotti ($199.99).
Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine is a beautiful book of photographic haikus and intellectualized recipes, penned by the world's number one chef, Rene Redzepi ($31.32 through Amazon).
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