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54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

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


Dansk Kobenstyle saucepan

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This month, Food52 bought housewares brand Dansk with plans to relaunch the line. The relaunch won’t happen until early next year, but you can follow along as branding strategist Christine Muhlke digs into those archives on Instagram. And in the meantime, you can shop Dansk at Food52, including the classic Kobenstyle casserole dish and saucepan.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Le Creuset Dutch LOVE’n

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Brands have already started to release products for Pride. Le Creuset’s contribution is the Dutch LOVE’n: the brand’s signature Dutch oven in white with a smattering of rainbow hearts. It would be very cute in the right kitchen, and Williams Sonoma’s sales from the pot support the Trevor Project. 


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Jono Pandolfi pasta bowls

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Jono Pandolfi released the first of its new, monthly Special Edition drops, consisting of “something special that we don’t normally sell.” First is a re-release: pasta bowls with a turquoise glaze and lighter clay base. I have a couple of these bowls in a darker clay and would happily add these to my collection. 


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Ottolenghi serving plate

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Ottolenghi, the London restaurant brand and person behind cookbooks Jerusalem, Plenty, and others, has launched a new tableware collection. The dishes were designed in collaboration with Belgian label Serax and artist Ivo Bisignano. These are statement dishes — cups, bowls, and plates come in colors like teal and pink with a range of splashy designs, including a pair of serving plates with a face. They’re all available to preorder now, and yes, they ship to the U.S.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Send Chinatown Love X MYM Matchbook Print

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Meet Your Matches makes art from restaurant and bar matchbooks. Right now, you can preorder a print made up of matchbooks from businesses in New York City’s Chinatown, specifically those that are part of Send Chinatown Love’s merchant collective. All proceeds go to the organization, which was formed in March 2020 to support and sustain Chinatown’s businesses through the pandemic and beyond.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Balmuda’s The Lantern

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There’s a new launch from Japanese tech brand Balmuda, and it doesn’t occupy the same kitchen space as its two previous U.S. launches, The Kettle and The Toaster. However, The Lantern is just as high-end, with three settings and a retail price of $199, and is a very nice addition to outdoor dinner parties.



54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Vintage bread tubes

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Bread tubes serve no other purpose than to shape bread into frivolous shapes (and throwing around the word “bread tube” is for sure half the fun). Eater Philly editor Dayna Evans found hers at a flea market, but you can buy them on Etsy.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Brightland’s Digestif candle

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Olive oil brand Brightland expanded its product line with a candle. Digestif, with notes of neroli, vetiver, and black pepper, was made expressly to burn while cooking or after to banish cooking smells.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Loyale linens

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Kitchen linens may get short shrift in most households (or at least they do in mine), but Jenny Hwa’s Loyale makes linens a priority, with a focus on ethical and sustainable sourcing. The San Francisco-based company recently launched sweet gift sets, perfect for host gifts now that visiting people is soon to be a thing.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

The Fixie pizza cutter

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Queens-based design shop Lockwood stocks a number of whimsical home goods, including this pizza cutter that looks like a holographic bicycle. The Fixie pizza cutter may not be quite as efficient as a rocking blade for cutting tough pies, but I doubt there’s another pizza cutter out there that looks as fun to use.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Material ceramics

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Kitchenware company Material launched its first ceramics line in March, in collaboration with Korean ceramics company Soil Baker. The simple, sleek collection includes four pieces (two plates and two bowls) in two colors, “dune” and “grotto.”



54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

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Anyday Everyday set

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Anyday is a cookware line designed for the microwave. It advertises its dishes’ sealed lids, meant to block splatter and keep in moisture, and vents that allow steam to escape, helping ensure food cooks evenly. The frosted borosilicate glass is heat resistant. And the website, with a clean design that calls to mind a few other cookware startups, features recipes for dishes as seemingly complex as mushroom risotto and vegan mapo tofu.



54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

TofuBud Tofu Press

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Emma Alpern made the case for the tofu press, a unitasker that’s well worth the cabinet space. Alpern’s press of choice is the Tofu Bud, but there plenty of options out there, all of which will do the job more neatly than the combination of paper towels and makeshift weights.





Clothing and Merch

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


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Katie Kimmel x Seemore sausage T-shirt

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Hip sausage company Seemore Meats & Veggies has its own limited-edition Katie Kimmel tee. This one reads: “Very Good Sausage.”


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Cherry water ice hat

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This water ice hat from Philly graphic design shop South Fellini — yes, water ice is the proper term — would make a cute addition to a summer wardrobe.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Dauphinette resin-preserved earrings

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New York-based brand Dauphinette incorporates foods preserved in resin into its designs, including earrings, buttons, and coasters made of peppers, strawberries, and baby tomatoes, among other fruits. Nuts (a gold almond earring!) and popcorn feature, too, and the brand has purses shaped like oven mitts, including one with an okra print, as part of its fall-winter 2021 collection.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Lauren Martin Studio prints

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For less naturalistic fruit, look to Lauren Martin’s cheery anthropomorphic food prints and accessories.





54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Four Loko Fucci crewneck

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Four Loko, the malt beverage company, has two new lines of merch that are actually kind of… good? The Fucci line in particular, with a can pull tab as stand-in for the Gucci logo, is highly wearable.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Tilit ROAR bandanas

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Fellow hip apron company Tilit has its own exciting collaboration going on now: It’s selling a collection of limited-edition bandanas, each representing a New York City restaurant: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Tartine, or Lilia. Tilit will donate all proceeds to ROAR NY or Restaurants Care.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Karen Mabon silk pajamas

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These food-themed Karen Mabon silk pajamas scream “spring!”


Food

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

54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Morgenstern’s ice cream cakes

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New York City ice cream shop Morgenstern’s ships its ice cream cakes nationwide. Flavors include strawberry vanilla, salted caramel pretzel, cookies and cream, and more.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Occo spice cards

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The spice industry has its fair share of disruptors aiming to change how spices are sourced, but a new brand is looking to change the way we use them once they reach our homes. Occo launched this week with pre-measured spices in recyclable aluminum pods, sold in sets. Some sets contain pods of multiple spices, pre-selected for recipes from chefs like Nina Compton and Mei Lin, while others package up a single spice in pre-measured micro portions, which are also meant to keep spices fresher for longer.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Cascatelli

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There’s a new shape in pasta, and while you may not think you need one, what with the perfection of bucatini, you’ll want to try cascatelli. Created by Sporkful podcast host Dan Pashman, the pasta is designed for maximum “sauceability,” “forkability,” and “toothsinkability.”


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Fly by Jing Sichuan Salsero set

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For chile crisp, I’m partial to Fly By Jing. The company’s salsero spoons, a wooden spoon attached to a round stone that sits perfectly atop the jar acting as a lid, are available to preorder, along with a jar of sauce.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

CBD Rose Delights

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Rose Delights collaborates with chefs like Enrique Olvera and Natasha Pickowicz, on CBD edibles in flavors such as poached pear and kiwi and oro blanco grapefruit.


Drinks

Intriguing cans and bottles, both alcoholic and non-

54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Casamara Alta

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Casamara, one of my favorite grownup nonalcoholic sodas, is now available in beautifully designed cans.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Smith Teamaker iced tea

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Portland-based Smith Teamaker has a new collection of summery iced tea blends. The loose tea leaves come in resealable pouches and combinations like ginger peach, hibiscus mango, and Pacific lemongrass.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Ghia Le Spritz

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Alcohol-free aperitif brand Ghia has launched a seasonally appropriate spritz. Le Spritz takes the Ghia aperitivo, which is bitter with notes of yuzu and rosemary, adds some sparkle, and puts it all in a can for easy toting to picnics.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Zuzu

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For an adult beverage that doesn’t taste so much like one, try low-ABV Zuzu. In calamansi lime and passion fruit flavors, the sparkling cocktail is another stellar picnic addition.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Artet x Mamo bundle

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Artet, a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused aperitif, has its own collaboration of note: a limited-edition set of MAMO glasses. The double-sided glasses (one end holds two ounces and the other seven) are now available in the blue and green of Artet’s logo.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

La Monarca Cafe de Olla

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LA’s La Monarca Bakery & Cafe donates a percentage of sales from its products, like its sweet Cafe de Olla, to protect monarch butterflies year round.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

The Qi floral tasting collection

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The whole flower teas from the Qi, really tisanes of edible roses, chrysanthemums, and lotuses, bloom as they hit water.



54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Current Cassis

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I’ve seen Current Cassis on my Instagram feed more and more. The New York state-brewed blackcurrant liqueur gets much of its fruit from Greg Quinn, who, fun fact, led the charge to overturn a longstanding ban on growing blackcurrants in the early aughts. Pair it with one of these grower Champagnes for the hippest possible version of a Kir (or I should say “Current”) Royale.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

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. 


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Vinotes wine tasting notebook

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Vinotes is a new brand of notebooks designed specifically to record wine tasting notes. There’s perhaps no better way to keep track of your wine club deliveries.


Books

Reading material for cooks and restaurant-goers alike

54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide is the long-awaited travel guide from Anthony Bourdain and his longtime assistant and collaborator Laurie Woolever. The book was largely a concept when Bourdain died in 2018, but to capture his thoughts on destinations in 43 countries, Woolever turned to their conversations, as well as the work he’d done for travel shows Parts Unknown and No Reservations, and included contributions from some of the people who knew Bourdain best. She spoke about the process, and the Bourdain biography she’s working on now, in this interview with Sarah Nielson.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Crying in H Mart

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Crying in H Mart is the beautiful and devastating memoir from Michelle Zauner, the musician better known as Japanese Breakfast. Food is an organizing theme for the book, which is really about identity and Zauner’s relationship with her mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer when Zauner was 25. It is as heavy as that description makes it sound, but it’s clear Zauner’s writing talent isn’t relegated to songs, making it well worth the read. For adjacent content that’s a bit lighter, I talked to Zauner about learning to cook Korean food from YouTube personality Maangchi and the YouTuber that helped her cook her way through quarantine.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Mother Grains: Recipes for the Grain Revolution

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For a complete gift, pair Roxana Jullapat’s cookbook Mother Grains with a box of the grains the book covers, like oat flour, sorghum, and spelt, so the recipient will have most of what they need to tackle recipes like salted sorghum ice cream and einkorn shortbreads.


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

The Book of Difficult Fruit

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The Book of Difficult Fruit, Kate Lebo’s collection of essays with recipes, is out now. Jaya Saxena interviewed Lebo on Eater and notes that while the essays invite the reader to “consider the magic of fruit,” most of them aren’t really about fruit. “Instead, fruit becomes a lens through which we view family, sickness, decay, growth, sweetness, and, of course, difficulty.”


54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Cook Real Hawaiʻi

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Cook Real Hawaiʻi by Sheldon Simeon with Garrett Snyder covers the food of Hawaiʻi, including recipes from Simeon’s restaurant Tin Roof, like this one for chocolate birthday cake butter mochi.



54 Eater-Approved Gifts Perfect for Any Occasion

Rice: A Savor the South Cookbook

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For rice dishes, check out Michael Twitty’s Savor the South cookbook, Rice. You’ll find 51 recipes for rice-based dishes, with a focus on those with significance in the South, like this one for Twitty’s Alabama grandmother’s country captain.



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