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Gift Guide: For the French Chef


Gift Guide: For the French Chef

Janet Hall November 26, 2014

For cooks, avid eaters, and design purists, here’s our list of gift-giving ingredients to please Francophiles of all stripes. 

Above: To aficionados, nothing compares to sea salt hand-harvested from the northern French coastal area of Guérande in Brittany. La Vie Rustic adds a twist with fruit-infused Guérande salts in two varieties: Sel d’Abricot (shown) is made with dried Blenheim apricots from California, while Sel de Figues features sweet Sultan de Marabout figs; $10 each.

Above: The French secret to soft, spreadable butter? A French Ceramic Butter Keeper. This covered example is made in California of dishwasher-safe, wheel-thrown stoneware; $30 at Provisions by Food52.

Above: The ultimate of its kind, the Peugeot Chocolate Paris Peppermill stands 18 inches tall and has been made in France since 1855 (the mill’s double spiral of teeth was the inspiration for the Peugeot lion that went on to be the logo on the company’s cars); $185 at March, in San Francisco. 


Above: Favored by pasty chefs for their precise control, French rolling pins have no handles and are tapered on the ends, allowing them to be easily pivoted to create a nearly perfect round shape. Designed and crafted by Jordon Tomnuk out of his Edmonton, Alberta, shop, the Tomnuk French Rolling Pin is available in FSC-certified walnut or maple and has a brass tube insert for hanging; $85 CAD ($75.29 USD). For more options, see 6 Favorites: Display-Worthy French Rolling Pins

Above: These intensely flavorful Preserved Corsican Clementines are gently poached in their own syrup–perfect spread on buttery toast or paired with sharp blue cheese; $22 at Daniel Boulud.

For more ideas, see 12 Made-in-France Kitchen Essentials for Francophiles Everywhere and 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France.
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