The MOFAD Gift Guide: 10 Holiday Picks for Adventurous Food Lovers


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The Museum of Food and Drink has artifacts like a cereal puffer and exhibits like a smell synth. So the MOFAD Gift Guide offers holiday suggestions for the foodie in your life that go way beyond a cookbook or mixer. From a fine-tuned blowtorch to berry tablets that change the way you taste to an edible chemistry set, here's a collection of unique items that appeal to the detail-driven home chef and the curious diner alike.


The Searzall

From MOFAD founder Dave Arnold's Booker and Dax Lab, the Searzall is a more refined take on the blowtorch. By passing the flame through two layers of fine wire mesh, it'll give you a more even flame for putting a fire-sear texture to everything from grilled cheese to foie gras. It's a gadget that, in fact, sears all. $75 via Amazon


Modernist Cuisine Prints

Photographer and author Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft CTO, set a new standard for creativity and innovation in food photography with his award-winning titles The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, and Modernist Cuisine at Home. Now, his stunning photographs are available in high quality prints. Choose from four of Myhrvold's photos for the perfect addition to any food lover's home or office. From $150 via Artspace


Mberry Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets

Bend the rules of flavor with these seemingly magic tablets. Made from the miracle berry (yes that's its real name), these tablets make sour foods taste sweet. Bite into a lemon for a lemonade sensation and experiment with new flavor pairings that are only possible with the miracle berry. All natural and a good source of antioxidants, these tablets can turn up the fun on any food-centric party. $15 via mberry


Range Smart Cooking Thermometer

When it comes to quantified, connected cooking, Austin-based Supermechanical has the accuracy-focused and tech-minded chef covered. Use this smart thermometer for everything from making brisket to brewing beer. Use the Range to graph out the temperature of your food, make notes to learn from next time, and receive push notifications when you hit a desired temperature. You'll never burn the roast again. From $60 via Supermechanical


A Visual Guide to Drink

Perfect for the curious imbiber of spirits, A Visual Guide to Drink offers over 200 pages of illustrated factoids and knowledge of all things alcohol. Accessible to beer novices and advanced sommeliers alike, the book features richly illustrated information on everything from recipes to history to the great wine regions of the world. This book is best enjoyed with friends over a round of drinks. From $17 via Amazon



Flavor is all about chemistry. With this kit you can learn (and taste) how manipulating chemicals impacts the flavors of food. Entirely safe to eat and drink, use this kit to create a multitude of fizzy, carbonated, or jelly concoctions. While it might be intended for kids, anyone can have fun with this simple and entertaining kit. $18 via Uncommon Goods


Madagascar Vanilla Beans

Plain old vanilla played a pivotal role in the history of the flavor industry. Once a tropical rarity, it's now one of the most ubiquitous synthetically produced flavors in packaged foods. Give the gift of the bean that started it all with two all natural Madagascar vanilla beans. Packed for freshness (and presentation) in a glass vial, the sight of vanilla in its original form will warm the heart of any home chef. $11 via King Arthur Flour


Joule Sous Vide from ChefSteps

Sous vide cooking has steadily risen in popularity with home chefs in recent years, and it's easy to see why. The method allows for greater precision and less mess. Now Seattle-based ChefSteps have completely rebuilt the immersion circulator from the ground up. The Joule is among the most advanced home sous vide tools to date. Offering wireless connectivity, full waterproof sealing, and enhanced heating accuracy, the Joule is the pinnacle of cooking for the home sous vide aficionado. From $200 via ChefSteps


Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix

If cookbooks are all about step-by-step recipes, then former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix is a tome on how to think in the kitchen. Offering tips for improvising and matching flavors, Bittman offers guidance for weening oneself off recipes to reach new planes of creativity. If you're gifting this for a chef under your own roof, think of it as a ticket to a multitude of new meal possibilities. $20 via Amazon


MOFAD Membership

Spanning the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink, MOFAD is the first museum of its kind. There's no better way to show your support than becoming a member. Enjoy special access to events, discounts, and MOFAD merch with your membership. From the entry level Seed Member all the way up to Kitsune Society Patron, there's a membership that fits every budget. From $30 via MOFAD

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