5 Exceptional Artisanal Food Gifts

These Thoughtfully Selected Treats Will Please Anyone on Your Gift List

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Wood Prairie Farms
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American Artisanal

Many of the artisans in my book, American Artisanal, create products that make terrific gifts. Even some unlikely artisans, like Wood Prairie Farm, have a very nice gift program such as their "Potato Sampler of the Month." The recipient gets an eight-pound gift box of hand selected, 100% Certified Organic potatoes.

I've highlighted these other artisans for my holiday list because they are exceptional in every way, and their products are particularly suited to the season: the time when we celebrate the abundance of the land and fall harvest with game, bolster our spirits from the cold and dark with the warmth of coffee, and always allow for a bit of celebratory decadence with sweets.

Tennessee T-Cakes
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Tennessee T-Cakes

Tennessee T-Cakes are tiny cupcakes, individually wrapped in a cellophane aura of bubble-rainbow translucence and packaged in a pretty white tin. One bite and they beg the question: How can something so small and delicate taste so full of flavor, have such might? With a gentle sweetness, the subtle flavors of the light, perfectly moist cake combine to create a taste sensation that is significant. These little cakes are a true Southern comfort, a perfect gift.
Barrington Coffee Toasting Company
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Barrington Coffee Toasting Company

Barth Anderson and Greg Charbonneau, owners of Barrington Coffee Toasting Company, understand that coffee is personal. And they know how to highlight the beans' smell, intensity, and complexity of flavors through their skills in roasting and their selection of quality beans. They create for you a wonderful flavor moment--and they can do it for you everyday. What a gift!
Broken Arrow Ranch
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Broken Arrow Ranch

Broken Arrow Ranch supplies primarily high-end restaurants and produces what is arguably the best commercially sold venison. Its venison comes from free-range, wild deer, not those raised in fenced-in areas or provided feed. This is wild deer, harvested in a perfectly controlled manner, to produce the best possible venison.
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
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L.A. Burdick Chocolates

"Fine chocolate has as much complexity of flavor as a good wine. Chocolate, however, is a complete food and doesn't need to be accompanied by anything else."--Larry Burdick
Burdick bonbons exemplify this chocolate belief system. The rush of flavor comes first from the perfect chocolate; followed less dramatically by a raspberry, or vanilla, or honey, or pistachio, or cognac; then subtle touches of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or lemon pepper.