Fresh Take Gift Guide: The Best Food & Sustainability Gifts Of 2023

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When I started this newsletter, I wanted to fill a gap I saw in reporting on the business of food and sustainability. That also goes for gift guides.

So, what do you get for the climate-minded food lover in your life? A few ideas are below.

—Chloe Sorvino, Staff Writer

The Fresh Take Gift Guide

For The Cook:

Filippone Sicilian oregano; hand-held immersion blender; Hunted venison box by Maui Nui; beeswax wrap; Manatee tea infuser; Jacobson salt box; Material Kitchen ‘Forever Peeler’; Brooklyn Dehli garlic achaar; clamming rake; crinkle-cut knife; Wild-caught Alaskan salmon and shellfish; A stay at the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school in Sicily (pictured above); Rancho Gordo beans.

For The Spirited:

Mal Bien mezcal; Via Carota bottled cocktails; Forthave Spirits amari; mouth-blown coupe cocktail glasses; pewter ice bucket; decanter; good olives.

For The Gardener:

Seed storage box; composting bin and worms by Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm; market tote; gathering basket; wooden tree swing.

For The Host:

A giant tin of Spanish potato chips; Enamel carafe; fish-shaped bottle; Gelato bowls; popsicle molds; champagne saber; felt coasters; Fishwife anchovies; Glass straws.

For The Camper:

Off-grid solar panel power grid by Goal Zero; open-flame rotisserie grill; foraging sheers; sun hat.

Eight Nights Of Hanukkah Cookbook Roundup

My sister and I like to exchange cookbooks over Hanukkah—then we have our own book club throughout the year all ready to go. Here are my top eight food books to gift this year.

Sohla El-Waylly’s Start Here

Klancy Miller’s For The Culture

Nancy Silverton’s The Cookie That Changed My Life

Leah Koenig’s Portico

Rose Previte’s Maydan

Simon Bajada’s Malta

Pascal Baudar’s Wildcrafted Vinegars

Sergio Herman’s Mussels

Order my book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, out now from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books.

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Chloe Sorvino leads coverage of food and agriculture as a staff writer on the enterprise team at Forbes. Her book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, published on December 6, 2022, with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her nearly nine years of reporting at Forbes has brought her to In-N-Out Burger’s secret test kitchen, drought-ridden farms in California’s Central Valley, burnt-out national forests logged by a timber billionaire, a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.

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