Do you want to buy a gift for the gourmet foodie in your life? Perhaps she’s an avid food blogger who painstakingly takes photos of every meal she makes. She further embarrasses you by pulling out her camera during your dinners out on the town squealing, “My followers will LOVE this!” She also prides herself on having tasted every kind of avocado available in the US and will complain every time you use the wrong kind of avocado in her guacamole dip. While her obsession may annoy you, you decide you want to get her a birthday gift anyway. So what do you get for the foodie that seems to have and know everything about food? Here are some suggestions to get you thinking.
Salt… no it’s not a joke
You may be thinking that salt cannot be on the top of a foodie’s list. Certainly any woman who has amchoor powder and sumac in her spice cabinet will already have salt in there too. However there are literally hundreds of varieties of salt to choose from, each of them bringing different flavors to foods. There is black salt from India which offers a sulfur flavor to foods and smoked salts which are great on meats or in homemade barbecue sauces. There is a variety of pepper salts that blend various peppers with varying degrees of heat with salt. So you see, a foodie can quite literally get lost in the sheer variety of salt available.
Tablet kitchen stand
Any genuine foodie has spent countless hours in the kitchen with their laptop or another mobile device trying to recreate Gordon Ramsay’s salmon filleting technique. Trying to coordinate propping the mobile device on the counter while cutting the salmon can be a bit clumsy without the proper tools. A tablet kitchen stand would make your foodie’s life so much easier. She can tilt the tablet to her eye level, block out the glare, and comfortably follow the recipe for ginger peach tartelettes without a hitch.
A good coffee grinder
A quality coffee grinder by Krups is useful to your favorite foodie, even if she doesn’t drink coffee. Alternative uses for a Krups coffee grinder can include grinding spices, making flour from whole grains, making bread crumbs and powdered sugar, turning dried, whole herbs into a powder, etc. What is nice about the Krups brand is that you can buy Krups parts to replace malfunctioning pieces. The Krups parts are easily identifiable by the make and model number of your machine.
Gift certificate for a food tour
Food tours are the latest craze in the travel industry. Groups of people gather together to tour a group of restaurants with some kind of cultural and/or historical relevance to taste great food and drink. These tours can be in your hometown or you can opt to go abroad to a country like Italy, Ethiopia, or Argentina for an even bigger foodie adventure. What these tours try to sell is an authentic learning experience for people who are curious about a particular culture. It gives participants an opportunity to ask questions about traditional ingredients, where the dishes originate from, and possibly take part in a special ceremony that makes the dish even more special.
Tina Turner is a home cooking expert who enjoys blogging about different types of food as well as different cooking techniques.