5 Great Gifts for a Foodie Under $25

Dec 09, 2008 by Visual Recipes | Filed in Holidays, Christmas | 0 Comments

Christmas is just around the corner and if you haven’t finished buying presents or stocking stuffers for your favorite foodie or chef here are some fantastic gifts for you to consider.

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5.  I Like Killing Flies - DVD Documentary

I Like Killing Flies DVDDon’t let the title scare you. This is a great documentary on DVD that provides an inside look into the mind and philosophy Kenny Shopshin, the quirky owner and chef of Shopsins in NYC.  Shopsins has a menu of 900 or so dishes which are almost all made from scratch.  Some dishes have names such as “blisters on my sisters” and “slutty cakes”.  Kenny is quite a character, and is known for the rules that customers must follow if they want to be served.  If the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld intrigued you at all, you will enjoy this film.

If you think your kitchen is small wait until you see how Kenny has to work in the limited space that he has.  Film is rated R for language.

Check out this clip:

4. Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin - Book

Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Eat Me me features recipes and rants from Kenny Shopsin (see above) with chapter titles such as “Selling Water, or the “Secret of the Restaurant Business” and “The Story of Shopsin’s Turkey”, or “Why I Hate the Health Department”.

Be sure to get this along with the DVD above to really appreciate the fun and witty mind of Kenny Shopsin.

3. Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany - Audio Book on CD

Bill Buford, an editor for the New Yorker,  decided to experience what it’s like to work in the kitchen of a popular New York City restaurant.  Even though he was inexperienced, Buford was allowed to work at Babbo, a restaurant that star chef Mario Batali operates.  Buford describes the kitchen antics and his own humiliations in great detail as he went from a no nothing to a very well trained line cook with “kitchen awareness”.

If you ever want to know what Mario Batali is really like off camera, this book is for you.

2. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Audio Book on CD

Kitchen ConfidentialKitchen Confidential is Anthony Bourdain’s memoir of his life in the restaurant business. You may have seen Bourdain on his hit show No Reservations on the Travel channel.  Kitchen Confidential takes you on a wild ride with his tales of kitchen debauchery, drugs, mafioso encounters,  and everything else he witnessed in “the dark recesses of the restaurant underbelly.”

Bourdain also injects useful information to any restaurant patron, such as why you should never order your steak well done, should avoid brunches, and what days not to order fish on.

1. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen - Book

food and cooking science and loreIf you enjoy the science behind cooking that Alton Brown’s Good Eats on the food channel presents, then you will love this book. It is a must own for any foodie.

What causes fish to smell?  What are the chemical changes that take place with leavening and emulsifying?  Why do certain food combination work so well together? All of these questions are answered in this book that has been hailed the encyclopedia or bible of food science.  With over 800 pages, one will find something of interest.   Some of the chapters:

Milk and Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Fish and Shellfish, Fruits and Vegetables, Seeds, Cereals, and Doughs, Sauces, Sugars and Chocolate, Alcohol (Wine, Beer, and Distilled Spirits), Cooking Methods, Cooking Utensil Materials, The Four Basic Food Molecules, and Basic Chemistry.


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