We tasted. We read. We baked. We conquered this list.
From ambitious home chefs to your chocoholic girlfriend, we’ve rounded up a collection of San Franciscan gifts and stocking stuffers for the food-lovers in your life.
For Ambitious Home Chefs: Essential San Francisco Cookbooks
Hook your loved ones up with a copy of one of baker Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bakery cookbooks, and you’ll never find yourself waiting in an hour-long line for fresh bread ever again. Just don’t forget to get them a bread pan, too. Just in case. They’ll get the hint, right?
Tartine, $23.56 (Left), Tartine Bread, $25.79 (Center), Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole, $21.04 (Right)
Tartine Bakery | 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA | www.tartinebakery.com
The owners of the legendary Bi-Rite Market and Creamery, based in San Francisco’s Mission District, have released two cookbooks in the last 5 years. The first, Eat Good Food, will give your friends and family a new way to look at food, the ingredients, and how they are best prepared. Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones will teach them how to recreate San Francisco’s most beloved ice cream and frozen treats. With 90 recipes in each book, the self-proclaimed foodie in your life will thank you — and hopefully invite you over to taste their recreations.
The festive cookbook inspired by President Obama’s favorite San Francisco-based taco shop is every bit as fun as its title suggests. Not only does the 212-page Tacolicious cookbook feature tasty taco recipes and snacks, it includes mouth-watering cocktails for you to enjoy at home.
When Danny Bowien first opened Mission Chinese Food in 2010, it was an instant hit. In fact, it landed in the number two spot of Bon Appetit’s “Best Restaurants in America.” The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook tracks the simultaneous meteoric rise of Bowien and Mission Chinese, and includes detailed recipes for the dishes that earned the restaurant global praise.
Grilled cheese: the ultimate comfort food. San Francisco’s American Grilled Cheese Kitchen: the ultimate gourmet comfort food spot in the Bay Area. Wow the comfort food lover (or starving college student who needs to revolutionize their daily grilled cheese sandwich game) in your life with this 176-page book, filled with 39 grilled cheese recipes (including the Mousetrap and Piglet!) and 40 additional recipes for accompaniments.
Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between, $13.30
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen | 1 South Park Street, San Francisco, CA | www.theamericansf.com
San Francisco’s Josey Baker (that’s actually his real last name, believe it or not) may be renowned for the $4 artisanal toast revolution, but before you can have toast you have to bake some bread. The Josey Baker Bread cookbook is perfect for both beginners and seasoned bakers, as Baker holds the reader’s hand, walking them through each step carefully. Share the loave!
Since first opening its doors in 1995, the Ferry Building’s Slanted Door has evolved into a world-class dining destination. Award-winning chef Charles Phan shares his story and dozens of irresistable recipes in The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food.
Spread the Love
Since donuts don’t really travel well, bring home this taste of SF for the holidays, and make all of your friends and family “jelly” for having Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in your backyard. After one taste, they’ll be begging to come “get baked” in San Francisco.
Salted Caramel Donut Filling, $8 (Upper Left), Strawberry Jelly Donut Filling, $8 (Center), “I Got Baked in San Francisco” Tote Bag, $12 (Right)
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse | 1042 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA | www.mrholmesbakehouse.com
It may not be “The Rebel Within,” but your foodie friends will lose their minds over Craftsman & Wolves’ inventive confitures, especially the tart Passion Olive Oil Curd.
Handmade Spreads (Passion Olive Oil Curd, Confiture Café Au Lait, Matcha Milk Jam), $12 each (Left), Seasonal Marshmallows, $6 (Center), Craftsman and Wolves Wolf T-Shirt, $25 (Right)
Craftsman & Wolves | 746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA | www.craftsman-wolves.com
Jamnation’s “damn good jam” supports local and global sustainability by finding the best local fruits and showcasing them with exotic flavors, creating bold and bright pairings. Every Jamnation jam is made by hand in small batches.
The Snacker’s Pantry (or Stocking)
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than 4505 Meats’ zesty chicharrones (fried pork rinds). They’re paleo and gluten-free certified, and seriously finger-licking good.
Smokehouse BBQ Four Pack, $18 (Left), Classic Chili & Salt Four Pack, $18 (Center), Jalapeño Cheddar, $18 (Right)
4505 Meats, 4505 Burgers & BBQ | 705 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA | www.4505meats.com
San Francisco’s seriously addictive 479 Degrees Popcorn is true to its slogan — it’s popcorn perfection. The company’s inventive flavors will please foodies and popcorn lovers alike.
Spice up the lives of your spicy food-loving friends this holiday season with Sinto Gourmet’s made in San Francisco kimchi.
Plenty Roots Kimchi, $10.99 (Left), Spicy Radish Kimchi, $9.99 (Center Left), Mild White Napa Cabbage Kimchi, $9.99 (Center Right), Spicy Red Napa Cabbage Kimchi, $10.00 (Right)
Sinto Gourmet | City Hall Sunday Farmers’ Market | www.sintogourmet.com
Omnivore‘s vegan herbal salt blends are made from fair trade-certified and 100$ organic ingredients. The Limone blend will enhance the most subtle flavors of seafood and poultry, creating a delicate and unique experience for the palate. The perfect stocking stuffer for the grill-happy buddy, mom, or yourself.
A chocolate a day keeps the doctor away. That’s the saying, isn’t it?
TCHO-A-Day, 30 Count Assortment of TCHO Chocolates
TCHO Chocolate | 856 Market Street, San Francisco, CA | www.tcho.com
For the chocolate-obsessed, consider booking a two-hour Chocolate 101 class at The Mission’s Dandelion Chocolate shop and factory. In Chocolate 101, students will taste and learn about the different types of chocolates, their ingredients, and single origin chocolate, as well as the cocoa processing and chocolate making processes.