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From The Shop: Staff Picks for the Holidays—Gifts for Cook and Kitchen

Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, brings to the position the sensibilities of artist and floral designer.

As the temperatures drop I find myself thinking more about cooking and eating… and daydreaming about upcoming holiday delicacies! With Thanksgiving drawing near, it seems the perfect time to put together this list of holiday gift suggestions for the foodie in your life: —

First up: Cookbooks that look as good as their recipes taste. These are always a lovely gift, and are perfect for curling up with on a cold and blustery day! Some of our favorites: Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs (Estrine & Kochendorfer, with a forward by Alice Waters); Cooking from the Garden: Best recipes from the Kitchen Gardener and, of course, Sylvia’s Table, a deliciously unique family cookbook by Liz Neumark of Great Performances, Wave Hill’s own, exclusive caterer.

We love James Tyrell’s beautiful handmade wooden bowls. Each piece is crafted with care. Because he uses wood from local trees felled by storms and otherwise destined for the wood pile, mulch or landfill, his bowls make a meaningful gift for tree lovers. Perfect for snacks, salads or fruits, or simply as beautiful objects in their own right.  Every bowl is numbered, signed and one of a kind, truly a gift for life.

Graceful and useful rolling pins are perfect for rolling out pastry for a yummy fall pie. Rustic chopping blocks are handmade in Vermont using wood from cherry, maple and walnut trees.

Elegant napkin holders, cast from sage, rosemary, parsley and oregano specimens, bring the beauty of nature indoors to your table.

Look out for Bellocq’s fine teas in The Shop this December…Bellocq’s 100% pure ingredients are masterfully blended and exquisitely packaged.  These special teas, available in small batches, make an elegant gift for the refined tea connoisseur in your life.

I love our maple trees and falling leaves…and what sweeter gift than delicious pure maple syrup at this time of year? We have a selection of the finest varietals of New York and Vermont maple syrup, all beautifully packaged, should you wish to give them away…or you can treat yourself and enjoy them with a lazy pancake brunch!


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