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Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

November 17, 2016

Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

You need to buy a gift for someone. They love food. The possibilities are endless. To help, here are some suggestions (available from Donostia Foods and elsewhere on the Internet, because there's a lot of good stuff out there (updated throughout the season!)):

A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas

1. A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas by Kay Plunkett-Hogge.

Learn all about sherry, one of the world's oldest wines, and delve into 80 easy-to-make tapas recipes. As Peggy Grodinski from the Portland Herald Press writes, “from the octopus tentacles doodled on the flyleaf to the slightly goofy asides (“The best tool for stripping open a quail’s egg is probably a cigar cutter. But most of us aren’t Fidel Castro, so a serrated knife will do”), this small, compact book brims with charm. And really, how can you resist a cookbook whose very first recipe is for Flame of Love? It involves sherry, orange twists, vodka, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. I ask you.”

Available at Amazon.


Spanish Seafood Conservas Gift Box

2. Spanish Seafood Conservas Gift Box

As Chef Rick Bayless says on The Feed Podcast (2015 James Beard award-winner for Best Podcast) after sampling Donostia Foods Bontio del Norte tuna, sardines, and octopus, "People really need to get into this, canned seafood from Spain". Spanish canned seafood is unique because of the variety and high quality of products found in jars and tins, and the attention paid to traditional, hand-crafted methods of production. This is why Spanish anchovies and Bonito del Norte tuna from the Cantabrian Sea, and mussels, octopus, and sardines from the waters of Galicia, are such a culinary delight. Anything you might find in the supermarket is the same in name only.


The Telling Room

3. The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

This is the gift of choice for your foodie/bibliophile. Simply an incredible book. Buy this for someone and they will make a point of telling you how incredible it is after they've read it. If they love cheese, too, all the better. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief writes, "Elegant, strange, funny, and insightful, The Telling Room is a marvelous tale and a joyful read, a trip into a world peopled by some of the most remarkable characters—and, yes, cheese—in memory.”

Available at Amazon.


San Sebastian Vintage Travel Poster

4. San Sebastian Vintage Travel Poster

This poster will surely conjure fond memories of a trip to Donostia-San Sebastian, wandering from pintxo bar to pintxo bar in the Parte Vieja, strolling along the beach or wondering why anyone would live anywhere else.

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5. Dinner at One of the Best Tapas Restaurants in America

The above link will take you to Travel+Leisure editors' selections for best tapas across the United States. As Zach Harjo, owner of Seattle's Ocho says in the article, “In Spain, frequently you’re standing with a glass of sherry in one hand and a plate of simple, rustic bites in the other as you chat with whoever is crammed into the bar beside you.” The congenial atmosphere makes the rustic bites all the better, and is sure to create a lasting memory.

Pictured above is Tertulia in New York City. Photo from 


The Basque Book

6. The Basque Book: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito by Alexandra Raij

"...Basque cooking is at its heart a cuisine of simplicity made exquisite." As Donostia Foods tries to offer the finest examples of authentic ingredients for this cuisine, Alexandra Raij's book provides the instructions for bringing them together in the best possible way, accompanied by equally exquisite photographs. Anyone interested in spending time in the kitchen will appreciate the 116 recipes that are at the heart of traditional Basque cooking.

Available at Amazon.

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