Gifts For The Epicurean Adventurer
For our 2016 gift guide, we curated some of the favorites from our contributors and staff. All the items are from Northern California, and we encourage our readers to support their local businesses with these purchases. We've detailed where to find them near you below!
For the adventurous, always in search of new tastes and DIY guides, take a look at our crafty collection.
RAMINI MOZZARELLA TASTING
Ramini Mozzarella in Petaluma, one of the only producers of this cheese in the US, offers a unique adventure where guests can meet the water, buffalo and taste their cheese. For more details, email email@example.com.
THE HOMEBREWER’S ALMANAC
A DIY for homebrewers using locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Available at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park.
BELCAMPO MEAT CAMP
Send your favorite camivore to Belcampo Meat Camp where campers learn basic butchery skills, knife skills and grilling techniques. Of course, no “glam camp” is complete without delicious meals, a well-equipped canvas tent a comfy bed and on-site massages. For more information, please visit Belcampo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST
New York Times Best Seller where history, science and drink mixology are served up with a twist for budding bartenders and intellectual cocktail party conversationalists. Author Amy Stewart from Eureka, California, packs in wonderful storytelling, humor and recipes in this top-shelf book.
CALIFORNIA APRICOTS: LOST ORCHARDS OF SILICON VALLEY
Local writer Robin Chapman recalls when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world, and tempts the taste buds with classic recipes that bring out the flavor, scent and color of this nutritious and exotic fruit. $19.99. Available at Village Stationers (Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park).
INFUSE: OIL, SPIRIT, WATER
For those who like to explore with flavor, this book is filled with fresh and tasty oil, spirit and water infusions.
SHARE: THE COOKBOOK THAT CELEBRATES OUR COMMON HUMANITY
Local Los Gatos resident and author Laura Pastrone features the recipes and stories of women who are all engaged in humanitarian causes around the world. An intemational celebration of the nuturing, health and community-building benefits of food.