Cooks and Eaters


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We’ve mentioned a few favorite food gifts in out other guides, citing Bierkraft as the place to go for growlers, rare brews, cheese and chocolate in our dude gift guide and reminding you that the Brooklyn Kitchen has an online store where you can send a Soadastream to your sister or buy a carafe-and-four-stacking-glasses set for nearly anyone on your list in our online shopping guide. We also like Brooklyn Slate for cool cheese boards and delicious gift baskets.  We also recently wrote about Eastern District, a new beer and cheese shop in north Greenpoint that carries all sorts of gift basket makings, including Brooklyn honey, pickles, jams and mustard. Here are a few more food-gift morsels out there that we haven’t mentioned yet.

Every serious cook needs a serious knife and Cut Brooklyn knives (pictured above) are seriously beautiful, functional and made here in Brooklyn, by the waters of the Gowanus Canal. Owner and knifemaker Joel Bukiewicz recently opened the Cut Brooklyn Workshop–a workspace and store where he sells his perpetually back-ordered knives (which do have serious pricetags, $200-600). Take your favorite cook to Four and Twenty Blackbirds, get a slice of pie and a cup of coffee, then stroll over to visit Joel and make your kitchen a whole lot sharper.
Cut Brooklyn Workshop, 461 3rd Ave (between 9th and 10th streets in Gowanus), Wednesday 3-7, Saturday 12-5

In the heat of the foodie fever in Brooklyn it seems like every week there’s a new pickle, jam or chocolate company popping up, and there’s one artisan we’ve always been puzzled to see go perpetually unmentioned: Skimkim. Chef Sam Kim makes kimchee, kimchee butter (cook some eggs in it and your life will never be the same), dressings and sauces, and bloody mary mix. Oh, and killer s’mores bars. She’s got two holiday gift baskets that incorporate all of the above, perfect for an adventurous eater and cook who’s looking for something a little different.
Skim Kim, online and at the Hester Street Fair Holiday Market

For all-purpose foodie equipment, look no further than Whisk in Williamsburg. From the tiniest of tots to the most professional of chefs, Whisk has a gift sure to garner you a smile and a second helping of Aunt Sally’s super secret sugar cookies.
Whisk, Williamsburg, 231 Bedford Ave., 718-218-7230.

Ok so a bottle of scotch is a classic dad gift during the holidays. For a your favorite mixologist, a bottle of gin from Breuckelen Distilling is a more than suitable update to that tradition. Made from organic grains grown in New York State, Breuckelen makes a mean gin and tonic, gimlet or martini. Distilled on 19th Street in South Brooklyn, you can find bottles at stores around the borough, including UVA and The Greene Grape.
UVA, 199 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 718-963-3939; The Greene Grape, 753 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-233-2700

For cookbook collectors, The New Brooklyn Cookbook is an obvious choice. But what are the chefs at the restaurants listed in the NBC’s pages reading right now? Noma, one of the weirdest, most beautifully photographed cookbooks you’ll ever read. Danish chef René Renzepi heads a restaurant of the same name as the book in Copenhagen, and his Nordic cuisine is equal parts Viking-inspired, molecular gastronomy and wild foraged fare. Reindeer with celeriac and wild herb gel anyone? Hay cream on the side?
The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map, Brenden Vaughn, Melissa Vaughn, William Morrow, 2010;  Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, René Redzepi, Phaidon, 2010

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