Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Best Eater-Approved Gifts for Food Lovers

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Eater’s shopping newsletter, Add to Cart, spotlights the latest in cooking tools, food books, and drinks; merch for a good cause; and all the tableware and food-themed home goods that I would very much like to own (and thus, that I hope will pique your interest enough to click that “add to cart” button). But there are also times when you already know you want to buy something — housewarmings, birthdays, paydays, and days when you just feel like supporting a small business — and just need to be pointed in the right direction. For that, there’s this post: Think of it as a consistently updated gift guide and home base for the Add to Cart universe.

Here, you’ll find a collection of items mentioned in the newsletter that are still shoppable, organized into five categories: cookware and home goods, clothing and merch, food, drinks, and books. Be sure to check back — I’ll be adding new things to buy every week — and subscribe to Add to Cart to start your week with shopping inspiration sent straight to your inbox.

Cookware and Home Goods

Standout kitchen tools, tableware, and home decor that strike the right balance of form and function

Lucali x Joya 3 Votive Scented Candle Set

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Famed Brooklyn pizza spot Lucali has partnered with Joya on a slew of scented candles. Erbe E Aromi has notes of basil, heirloom tomato, oregano, rosemary, and thyme; Al Forno aims to mimic the scent of a brick oven; Caffè Corretto is modeled after the caffeinated alcoholic drink for which it’s named. There’s also a limited edition Aglio candle, designed to smell like garlic sizzling in olive oil.

A stack of cups

Maruhiro x A24 Ceramic Set

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Indie entertainment company A24 partnered with Maruhiro, a brand of Hasami pottery, on some cute cups and saucers, seemingly just because. In bright colors — there’s pink, yellow, red, and white — the sets are unlike the more subdued traditional Hasami porcelain line.

A set of four clear wine glasses

Victoria James 4-Piece Wine Glass Set

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Victoria James, sommelier and author of Wine Girl, partnered with Lenox on a line of wine glasses. Unlike most other wine glasses, these are designed according to terroir, rather than grape. On Instagram, James explained: “One glass is for warm regions where ripeness, richness, and elevated levels of alcohol and body call for a little wiggle room. The other glass is for cooler regions where more delicate aromas, leaner body and lower levels of alcohol and oftentimes racier acidity, means you need something a bit more focused and honed.”

A GIR quad chopper in red

GIR Quad Chopper

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Spatula brand GIR has created a brand-new kitchen tool. The silicone quad chopper is designed for mashing and chopping foods directly in the pan (or on any other surface you don’t want scratched up).

A ceramic cup with a face on it next to a bottle

Whetstone Copitas

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Whetstone’s first-ever product launch includes a suite of items from Oaxaca. These copitas would make a great gift, especially when paired with a subscription to the magazine. 

A set of two colored glass goblets

Calypso Glass Set

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Elazar Sontag wrote about the elaborate glass goblets, both vintage and not, that are more art objects than drinking vessels — and potentially worth the splurge for the right person. Rosemary Home sells vintage Venetian blown-glass goblets individually, or you can get a similar look with these sets of two designed by Milan-based Serena Confalonieri.

A red Fly By Jing hot pot

Fly By Jing Hot Pot Starter Set

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Fly By Jing has added actual hot pot tools to its repertoire, which already included hot pot bases. The complete hot pot starter set comes with an electric hot pot, slotted spoons, chopsticks, and two of the brand’s fiery hot pot bases.

A Dash egg cooker

Dash Egg Cooker

Prices taken at time of publishing.

This tweet from New Yorker writer Rachel Syme inspired at least one Eater staffer to buy a Dash egg cooker.  

A decanter with a small amount of red wine

Broc Cellars Decanter

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As someone who often wonders if I should invest in a decanter, I enjoyed this Punch article from earlier this month all about a new school of decanters that leans into contemporary wine culture. Bay Area winery Broc Cellars designed this decanter for casual, everyday use.

Clothing and Merch

The cutest food-themed clothing, restaurant merch, and brand collabs


Big Bud Press Cookbook Apron

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Big Bud Press has re-released its popular cookbook print, this time in green. The edible vegetable pattern covers aprons and bags as well as jumpsuitsshirts, and pants. If you’re interested, best to act now, as it’s likely to sell out again.

A t-shirt that reads “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Wine”

You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Wine T-Shirt

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For the natural wine fan: A T-shirt from Love & Victory that declares their allegiance to the genre. The brand can also print custom messages on tees.  

Three people wearing pink and orange tie-dyed sweatsuits

Gulabi Jalebi Sweatsuit

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Spice company Diaspora Co. has partnered with clothing brand Abacaxi on sets of cotton sweatshirts and sweatpants, tie-dyed by hand, they’re calling the Gulabi Jalebi sweatsuit. 

A woman wearing a yellow t-shirt with the words “tinned fish”

Tinned Fish Tee

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If you’re already all in on the tinned fish trend, you might also be interested in buying this “Tinned Fish” tee from Wear Your Snacks. 

A strawberry charm necklace

Delicacies x Joy the Baker Strawberry Necklace

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Food jewelry company Delicacies is partnering with Joy the Baker, née Joy Wilson, on a strawberry charm necklace, in silver, gold, or rose gold. It comes with Wilson’s recipe for grilled strawberry shortcake, and $10 from every purchase goes to Second Harvest New Orleans


From starter ingredients to complete meals, all the food that’s fit to gift

Four cereal bars inside and outside of their wrappers

Magic Spoon Cereal Bars

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Magic Spoon, the direct-to-consumer cereal brand that’s popular with podcast advertising spots, now has cereal bars. Like the cereals, the bar flavors call to mind sugary childhood favorites. In this case, cocoa peanut butter and cookies & cream.

Two bottles of chile oil

Fly By Jing Oil Duo

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Fly By Jing’s latest is a set of two chile oils for cooking or drizzling after the fact. The Chili Pepper Oil is described as “hot and fragrant,” while the Tribute Pepper Oil is “bright and tingly.” You could pair them with the brand’s recently restocked frozen dumplings.

A bottle of smoked mushroom garum

Noma’s Smoked Mushroom Garum

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Years after the beginning of the pandemic kicked off the trend in full force, Copenhagen’s Noma is the latest restaurant to start selling pantry products. The first in a line of upcoming Noma pantry products is a vegan and gluten-free smoked mushroom garum. Chef René Redzepi’s version is available to pre-order on the Noma Projects website starting March 1.


Morgenstern’s Ice Cream Cakes

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Amy McCarthy argues that there’s absolutely no need to wait around for a special occasion to buy yourself an ice cream cake. If you’d like to try one beyond the usual Carvel fare, note that Morgenstern’s ships theirs nationwide.

A chocolate bar

Casa Bosques x Megumi Arai Awase Chocolate

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Chocolate company Casa Bosques partnered with textile artist Megumi Shauna Arai on a chocolate bar meant expressly for gifting — the $38 bar, flavored with beetroot-stained dried apples, saffron, and tarragon, is wrapped in a beet-pink Arai textile.  

Four bags of Poppy popcorn

Poppy x Spicewalla Popcorn

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For those looking to inject some new life into the snack section of their pantry, Popcorn brand Poppy has collaborated with Spicewalla on a bundle of four fancy popcorn flavors: chai masala, white cheddar, piri piri, and garlic and herb.

Two bottles of Graza olive oil

Graza “Drizzle” & “Sizzle” Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There’s a new DTC olive oil brand FYC. Graza launched with one finishing oil and one meant for cooking, designed to be affordable enough for liberal use in the kitchen. Both versions come in fun squeeze bottles too, and after receiving a sample, I’m ready to make the Sizzle bottle a go-to. 

A tin of sardines, can of salmon and tin of cod liver

Minnow Tinned Fish

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There’s no stopping the tinned fish trend. The restaurateurs behind popular New York City restaurants Hart’s, Cervo’s, and the Fly announced last week that they’re selling their very own collection of tinned fish. Called Minnow, the line launched with tinned salmon, sardines, and cod liver, and is available at the restaurants as well as directly from the Minnow website. 

Two boxes of Tiny Fish smoked mussels

Tiny Fish Co. Smoked Mussels en Escabeche

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Here’s another new tinned fish brand for your pantry. Tiny Fish Co. comes from former Top Chef contestant Sara Hauman and launches with smoked mussels in escabeche sourced from the Pacific Northwest, as well as branded merch, with more conservas to come. 


Intriguing cans and bottles, both alcoholic and non-


Phony Negroni 12-Pack

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The newest offering from bottled cocktail and aperitif brand St. Agrestis is the Phony Negroni. It’s the brand’s first nonalcoholic beverage.

Two bottles of De Soi and one can of De Soi

De Soi Mix and Match Pack

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Katy Perry has gotten into the nonalcoholic beverage game. De Soi is a line of nonalcoholic apéritifs containing adaptogens that promise relaxation or creative inspiration (sure). Perry has partnered with Morgan McLachlan, the distiller behind Amass, a brand that has expanded its offerings to include both popular hand sanitizers and nonalcoholic spirits over the past couple years, so there’s a good chance it’s actually good. 

Three containers of Avec mixers

Avec Drinks x Williams Sonoma Assorted Sparkling Cocktail Mix Set

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Avec, a Brooklyn-based line of cocktail mixers, has a new collection of sparkling mixers with Williams-Sonoma. The ginger, yuzu lime, and grapefruit pomelo sodas can be imbibed alone, or mixed with spirits (either alcoholic or non). 

One glass of white wine and one glass of red wine

Eater Wine Club

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Every month, Eater Wine Club ships out boxes of two or four wines, selected by the Eater team’s favorite sommeliers across the country. Eater Wine Club membership also comes with a newsletter and invitations to virtual hangs where that month’s expert will go deeper on the box’s theme. 


Reading material for cooks and restaurant-goers alike

The book cover for “Eating to Extinction”

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save ThemUntitled

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Dan Saladino’s Eating to Extinction is all about the particular strains of grains, fruits, and vegetables, and even the methods for making cheese and beer, that are disappearing due to the industrialized nature of our food system. On Eater, you can read Saladino’s chapter on how the soy boom in the West wiped out a variety of soybean once grown in Okinawa, and one farmer’s attempt to bring back the soybeans and the island tofu that the beans made. 

A book cover for “Food-Related Stories” with an illustration of Gaby Melian

Food-Related Stories

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Gaby Melian fans might be interested to know the former Bon Appétit talent has published a book. Food Related Stories is part of Penguin Random House’s Pocket Change Collective series. 

The cover for “The Magic of Tinned Fish” which features a photo of a plate of tinned fish, olives, and other snacks

The Magic of Tinned Fish: Elevate Your Cooking with Canned Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Crab, and Other Amazing Seafood

Prices taken at time of publishing.

If you’re looking to get in on the tinned fish trend, take a look at this Eater guide to buying and eating the stuff, and then consider The Magic of Tinned Fish: Elevate Your Cooking with Canned Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Crab, and Other Amazing Seafood by Chris McDade, which published last year.

The 2022 Add to Cart Archives

The best snacks are international snacks [ATC 02.27.22]
The foods money can’t buy [ATC 02.20.22]
The case for buying local flour [ATC 02.13.22]
Buy yourself an ice cream cake [ATC 02.06.22]
There’s no stopping the tinned fish trend [ATC 01.30.22]
Shopping for an easy recipe [ATC 01.23.22]
The best thing about 2022 so far is more Dolly Parton ice cream [ATC 01.16.22]
It’s a new year — buy yourself something fun [ATC 01.09.22]

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