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    Perfect presents for foodies

    7 December 2017

    For fine diners

    Pied à Terre, in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, holds a Michelin star, and now you can learn its secrets. Under the guidance of head chef Asimakis Chaniotis, guests will be treated to two different types of bread making, preparation of four exquisite courses, followed by a four course lunch in the dining room – plus a goodie bag to take home including a Pied à Terre apron, and the bread made earlier in the day! Pied à Terre masterclass £195 per person

    For bread lovers

    Coombeshead Farm, a beautiful guesthose, restaurant and bakery, set in the idyllic Cornish countryside, and started by Tom Adams and April Bloomfeld, is offering a bread making course, suitable for all abilities. The course takes you through the bread making process stage by stage, and includes a three course Sunday lunch, as well as the fruits of your labour to take home with you. Coombeshead Farm, £120 per person

    For chocolate connoisseurs

    Are these the most beautiful chocolate bars ever made? Quite possibly. Developed to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, these chocolate bars take the books of Dahl, pick out key tastes from the stories, and turn them into incredible taste combinations. As pretty as they are, it’s the flavours that really sing here: raspberry, strawberry, cucumber and mint, fennel and aniseed, or cereal, honey and smoked tea make these as much of a grown up treat as a delight for children. £5.95

    For knife collectors

    Made in Peckham, these strong, sharp Damascus steel knives are a thing of beauty. With handles made from locally sourced hardwood, optimised for balance and control, they will be a prized addition to the kitchen of even the most well-equipped cook. Blenheim Forge Knives, knives from £140

    For gin drinkers

    Make the gin lover in your family happy all year long with a gin subscription from Little Gin Box, which delivers two 50ml gin bottles – enough to make four G&T’s – to their door once a month, complete with tasting notes. Three months’ gin subscription from £30, Little Gin Box

    For wannabe butchers

    The School of Artisan Food’s one day pig butchery course is not for the faint hearted: small groups mean the learning is hands on. During the day students will learn how to butcher and cook a side of pork, and work their way from cheek to jowl. As well as a wealth of knowledge on pig-rearing, pork cuts, mincing and preserving, students also take home a pork loin and traditional British sausages. Pig in a Day, School of Artisan Food, £190

    For cookbook worms

    The Little Library Cookbook, the debut book from Kate Young, features recipes inspired by 100 of her favourite books, and combines lush photography and brilliant recipes, from sausage rolls from Harry Potter and Dr Seuss’s green eggs and ham, to the more grown up crumpets from Rebecca, and spanakopita from Middlesex. Amazon, £17

    For cheese fiends

    Avoid the supermarket shelves in favour of making your own cheese this year: the Cheese Monkey’s artisan cheese box gives you everything you need – including  online support if you have cheese-making queries! – to make over twenty different cheeses: halloumi, feta, mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, cheshire, cottage cheese, mascarpone, quark and more. £20

    For kitsch kitchens

    If your New Year’s resolution is to have friends round more often, then this copper-effect fondue set is the answer: so elegant you might almost forget that it belongs in the 70’s, it will work equally well for cheese, meat or chocolate fondue. Master Class Artesa Copper Fondue Set, Silver Mushroom. Currently reduced to £39.96

    For spice girls and boys

    Known as a Masala Dabba, this traditional Indian spice tin is ideal for keeping your most-used spices handy, convenient and stored neatly. The lidded tin holds seven individual tubs, and an interim lid for your whole spices – cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and the like. Spice tin, from £13

    For Great British Bake Off obsessives

    There’s no such thing as too many mixing bowls: that sounds trite, but when you’re halfway through an opera cake and all your bowls are in the sink, it’s absolutely true. Buy a classic Mason Cash mixing bowl for the baker in your life, and you’ll be top of their present list next year. Mason Cash Baking Bowl, John Lewis

    For fruit fanatics

    Do you know a jam fan or a pudding queen with just a window box, or a garden the size of a postage stamp? Rent them a fruit tree, so that they can enjoy making preserves and desserts from their own haul. There are lots of these rent-an-orchards nationwide, where you timeshare a fruit tree, and then can enjoy a day picking as much fruit as you can carry home. Rent a cherry tree, Bentinck Farm Cherry Trees, from £42

    For beer drinkers

    Beer Hawk has a whole host of interesting cases of beers for the Christmas season – Great British beers, world beers, Belgian beers, porters and stouts – but it’s the fascinating flavours case that caught our eye: 15 different flavoured beers, from tobacco to oysters, via mushrooms and coffee, with a couple of interesting snacks to help you along the way. Fascinating Flavours beer and snack case, Beer Hawk

     For truffle hunters

    A Soho institution, Lina Stores, has been fulfilling our Italian deli needs for the last 70 years. They have a number of hampers on sale this year – containing everything from pannetone to n’duja – but our pick of the crop is the Tartufo hamper, which contains everything you need for a truffle feast: white truffle oil, truffles honey, dried porcini, parmesan, spaghetti, and arborio rice, all presented in a wooden hamper. Lina Stores, £60