From Potables to Page-turners

In our ongoing, ever-growing Feast Holiday Gift Guide we spotlight our favorite food-driven gift ideas. Already, we've offered up a visual brainstorm that includes what star chefs (like Thomas Keller and Mario Batali) want, clever picks for the locavore, the gourmand, and us geeks. Here's another handy shopping list of perishables and page-turners, compiled by foodie experts at-large. Happy spending!

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Edibles and Tipples
NYT's Florence Fabricant’s picks range from French goat milk caramels to unusual vinegars. [NYT]

NYM's Underground Gourmet recommends filling tote bags instead of stockings with goodies from Eataly and Momofuku Milk Bar. [NYM]

Metromix's Gourmand Gift Guide 2010 offers ten suggestions, from Samichlaus Beer to FPB Bakery’s Coke-Pop Rocks macarons. [Metromix]

The Grub Street Gift Guide features a slew of regional specialties including 4505 Bacon-Filled Hot Dogs from San Francisco and "luxury ice" from LA. [Grub Street]

In today's NYT Dining section, Flo Fab puts out a list of 'Holiday Gifts That Give Back.' The gamut runs from chocolates that benefit women in Darfur, to local lavash helping immigrant women get a start in baking, to sparkling wine aimed at protecting marine life. [NYT]

Serious Eats compiles gifts guides for multiple gastro-personalities like Curd Nerds, bakers, and spicy food lovers. [Serious Eats]

Books
NYT food writer Julia Moskin names Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis, Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, and The Book of Tapas by Simone and Inès Ortega among The Year’s Best Cookbooks. [NYT]

NOMA: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, Rene Redzepi's new magical tome, tops this list of the Best Cookbooks of 2010. [Daily Beast]

The Essential New York Times Cookbook and Harold McGee’s Keys to Good Cooking make food columnist Jeffrey Steingarten’s holiday list. [Vogue]

Amazon’s Cookbooks Top Ten include the well-deserved usual suspects as well as The Frankies Spuntino Cookbook. [Amazon]

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