started this list, initially called Things I’m Liking, which I’d
intended to post…oh, six months ago. Then I didn’t make it back to
finish it, and it ended up being one of those files on my desktop that
I’d check into once in a while, but never get around to finishing –
until now. Using my expertise as a multi-tasker, I decided roll it
over into this year’s holiday gift guide. Included are kitchen gadgets
I’ve found myself reaching for more than the others, drinking
accoutrements, my new favorite way to dial it all out, and a few
cookbooks that arrived this fall that particularly interested me.
Bauer Pottery Bowls
always been a fan of California pottery and collected quite a bit of it
when I lived there. So I was intrigued enough when I saw recently some
reproductions of Bauer bowls and shared them on my Facebook
page. From the brouhaha, I didn’t realize that so many people didn’t
buy things made in China, including those who use computers and
smartphones. (I also didn’t realize that so many computers and
smartphones were made in countries other than China.) However I, too,
prefer the Made in America originals and I hadn’t realized that Bauer
was back again producing pottery, in California.
love the beautiful colors and the functional shapes and sizes of Bauer Pottery,
which is just as beautiful as the vintage stuff. I am saving my dollars
(and luggage allowance) for a set of their Made in America mixing
bowls, but am happy with the four bowls that I have for the time being.
Every time I look at them, I smile. Note that if you live in Southern
California, they have occasional
factory sales and often do seconds sales on their website,
Quirky Cord Catcher
my favorite little purchase this year was this Quirky
Cordies desktop cord catcher. I use a laptop and as anyone
who uses a laptop knows, as soon as that cord gets unplugged, it goes
flying off the desk with the strength of a whip-wielding dominatrix.
And I have the bruises (on my fingers) to prove it. Or else it flees to
behind the desk to the most inaccessible place you can imagine and you
have to pull out the desk to fish it back out. True, there are worse
problems once could have, but what else can you solve one so
effectively for less than $5? (I got mine at The Container
Store where I see they are on sale for $2.99, price subject
Tavolo Ice Cream Tub
frequently ask me what kind of container I store ice cream in. When I
wrote The Perfect
Scoop, I was churning out so much ice cream that went to a
restaurant supply store in Paris and bought a big crate of plastic
containers, which I still use to this day. However as technology
changes, newer materials have seen the light of day (and the light of
my freezer), and I’ve taken to using the Tavolo ice
cream tub. I scored mine at TJ Maxx
and it’s a nice size and shape, although they also make a long,
narrow one if you’re the kind of person that likes to take a
lengthy, leisurely scoop. Haven’t tried that one, but I’m happy with my
up, I’ll be doing two events in New York City. At both I’ll be signing
books, and you can take care of some of that holiday shopping. Come say
Saturday, December 5th, the fine folks at The Brooklyn
Kitchen (100 Frost Street, Brooklyn) will be hosting a get-together
and booksigning at their store. Copies of The Sweet Life in
Paris, Ready for Dessert, and My Paris Kitchen will be available. The
cooks will be preparing a lovely selection of recipes from my books,
and pouring beverages for all. The event will be from 5 to 7pm. If
you’d like to come, you can sign up here.
you can’t make it and would like a signed book, you can contact the
store and I’ll sign one which they’ll send to you.
Please contact them here.
And on Saturday, December 12th, I’ll be at the Food52 Pop Up
store in Manhattan (41 Union Square West, at 17th Street)
from 2 to 3pm signing copies of My Paris Kitchen at their special
holiday shop, which is going to feature items from their Provisions
store and other goodies.