Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gifts for the Local Eater

I'm not talking about myself here, of course. I already have plenty of everything. Especially turnips.

So, anyway, Hannukah is over, but if you need to get a Christmas gift for someone, here are some ideas.

I'm not going to include all of the links. I bet you can do a google search just as well as I can. If you're in Pittsburgh, my most constant (though expensive) source has been Rollier's Hardware in Mt. Lebanon.

I've tried to include something for every budget.

Cooking Tools

  • Foley food mill
  • Vaccuum seeler and vaccuum seeler bags http://www.sealerbags.com/
  • Apple corer, peeler, slicer
  • Jars (8 oz are good for Jam, pint are good for tomatoes, tomato sauce, apple sauce, etc.)
  • Lids
  • Jelly bag
  • Chef's knife
  • Canner (a very large pot with a special rack to hold the jars)

Books
  • Simply in Season (a cookbook)
  • Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen Hopp, etc.
  • Plenty by James McKinnon and Alisa Smith
  • Preserving Summer's Bounty by Susan McClure
  • Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
  • Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
  • The Busy Person's Guide to Preserving Food by Janet Chadwick
  • Jam and Jelly by Holly and Nellie by Gloria Whelan

Other
  • A membership in the East End Food Co-op
  • A CSA share http://www.localharvest.org/
  • Subscription to the magazine Table
  • Membership in Slow Food Pittsburgh
  • Donation to PASA (the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture)
  • Chest freezer
  • Composter
  • Some seeds from Seed Savers http://www.seedsavers.org/products.asp?dept=91
  • Gift certificate to Green Chef's Deli, Bona Terra, the Cafe at the Frick or one of the Big Burrito restaurants
  • A reusable tote bag

And I bet some of you know what gift you will be getting from a local food lover. . . And it's name starts with grape and ends with jelly. . .

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