The Family Dinner
Studies show eating together improves health for the whole family. Enter Laurie David’s well-researched and beautifully designed new cookbook, The Family Dinner. Chock full of family-style recipes, warm stories, and even a series of conversation starters, it’ll have your household sitting down to dinner in no time.
OXO Salad Spinner
Not content to merely be the best salad spinner on the market, this fabulously designed OXO Salad Spinner doubles as a salad bowl. Not to mention, it has a brake. Available in full-size or mini.
Desert Pepper Bean Dips
Got a hummus lover in your life? Throw ‘em a curveball with a mix-and-match gift basket of Desert Pepper bean dips. High in fiber and made with whole ingredients, they’re a tasty alternative to good ol’ chickpeas.
It’s a Stephen Colbert quote. It’s a Snortees t-shirt. It’s a life lesson.
Inexpensive and perfect for measuring portion sizes, ramekins are useful for single servings of hummus, cottage cheese, ice cream, and much more.
Moosewood Simple Suppers
If quick, healthy, mouth-watering dinners are your thing, Simple Suppers is the way to go. This 2005 tome even includes a fish chapter, unusual for the largely vegetarian Ithaca collective. Hands down, my favorite cookbook find this year.
Eating Well Subscription
When the recipes in Bon Appétit, Savuer, and Cooking With Paula Deen finally become a bit too rich, flip open this healthy cooking magazine for lighter dishes and smart nutritional tips. One year (six issues) is just $14.97.
Fruit-of-the-Month Club from Harry & David
Growing up, there was one gift that my grandmother was guaranteed to both appreciate and use. And that gift? Was a fruit basket. Harry & David offers 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month packages, featuring a variety of seasonal produce.