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Food

A Holiday Gift Guide For the L.A. Food Lover

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There's still time to get some shopping done for Hanukkah and Christmas, and if you have a food lover on your list and want to get them something "so L.A." we have put together a few gift ideas we think they would love.

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Top row: Chili spice set from Spice Station, Gift Box from Modern Bite, Sqirl jam; Middle row: Gift set from Barkeeper, Perishable Pickles, Compartes Holiday truffles; Bottom row: VOLT ink, Pie from Fruit & Flour, Handsome Roaster gift set.
For the cookbook collector
How about a cookbook from a Los Angeles-based author or chef? Three new releases have caught our eye this year: Made In America (Lucy Lean), VOLT ink (Bryan Voltaggio & Michael Voltaggio), and Seoultown Kitchen (Debbie Lee).

For the imbiber
A few bottles of craft beer from the Sunset Beer Company would make a beer lover happy, or encourage some home brewing with one of the kits they sell. Wine lovers may raise their glasses to a membership in the Domaine LA Wine Club. Our perennial fave, Barkeeper in Silver Lake, is also a great spot to find bottles, barware, giftsets, and more for your favorite boozehound.

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For the home cook
Send them to get some sustainable meat or other accoutrement from Lindy & Grundy's butchershop via a gift card. Or hook them up with an Original Farmers Market gift certificate. For the epicurean, a Spice Station gift set or an indulgent--but affordable--gift of caviar, like the Eggxiting Caviar by Petrossian, might hit the spot. Some food lovers' destinations in town can also inspire a great gift basket or bundle of goodies, like The Market at Santa Monica Place (hit up Norcino Salumeria for some meats and cheeses). For preserves and jam, we're digging the creations of SQIRL, which you can find in several shops around town. And when it comes to pickles, we think Perishable is best in brine.

For the coffee lover
Our current favorite are the beans from Handsome Roasters; they've got all kinds of merchandise, from brewing kits, or just a bag of roaster's choice beans.

For the sweets lover
Two of our favorite local pie makers have Pie-of-the-Month clubs: I Heart Pies and Fruit & Flour. We love the quirky and cute gift boxes from Modern Bite. Chocolate lovers will enjoy Valerie Confections Super Choc O Food, or a treat or two from their seasonal collection. And local chocolatier Compartes turned up the fabulous with this year's holiday collection.

For the food excursionist
Send them on a Six Taste Tour; tours explore the culinary delights of local 'hoods like Downtown LA, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and more.

For the restaurant lover
This is the easy one: Where do they love to go? Where are they dying to go? Where would you like them to go? Now get that restaurant on the phone and find out if they do gift certificates. Sold!

Thanks to LAist's Julie Wolfson and Sam Kim who helped assemble the gift guide.