Curious where to find the best Christmas gifts for the culinary history enthusiast in your life? Look no further: I’ve put together this list of gifts for the antiquated cook and contemporary gastronome alike..
Vintage and Historic Cook Books:
Kitchen Arts & Letters
1435 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
Joanna Hendricks Cookbooks
488 Grennwich Street, New York NY
“Located downtown, on Manhattan’s far west side, the tiny unique shop is filled with a variety of vintage cookbooks, menus, photographs and tableware. There isn’t a lot of foot traffic on this part of Greenwich Street and it’s easy to miss the store. Look for a small copper plaque that reads cookbooks, affixed to a very old and heavy wooden door. (findeatdrink.com)”
Cast Iron Cookware from Lodge Cast Iron
$10 and Up
“Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). Yet out of this tiny community comes the finest cast iron cookware in the world. Lodge Cast Iron began making cookware during the first presidential term of William McKinley. Amazingly, some of the first cast iron skillets,griddles and dutch ovens made over 100 years ago are still being put to good use.”
108 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
order online: http://www.economycandy.com/
This mega candy store on New York’s lower east side carries a plethora of hard-to-find historic cooking ingredients such as preserved citron peel, dried currants, and almond paste. Additionally, they carry “Old Time Favorites,” vintage candy bars like the Cherry Mash.
327 Sumneytown Pike
Harleysville, PA 19438
order online: http://www.deborahspantry.com/
Cheese of the Month Club
254 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014
The Cheese of the Month club is on everyone’s wish list: “Murray’s Cheese of the Month is a 1½ pound selection of 3 varied and delicious cheeses, sent to your door for 4, 6 or 12 consecutive months. Each selection includes a variety of milk types, textures and flavor profiles, with a special focus on seasonal cheeses.”