Brummell Christmas Gift Guide: for the epicurean

Is it even Christmas if you don’t overindulge in the best Yuletide goodies? From cookbooks to mouthwatering treats, here are some presents that will impress even the most demanding epicurean

Food and Drink 1 Dec 2023

Brummell Christmas Gift Guide: for the epicurean

Toast Christmas hamper


Amid the holiday season’s hustle and bustle, Toast invites you to embrace a slow and considered way of life with its eco-conscious hamper. Items range from a pair of English beeswax dinner candles to some Comins fine loose Oolong tea that promises a moment of serenity. It’s a collection designed to be savoured. Toast Christmas hamper, £155;


Pophams x Katto oak handle bread knife


This Christmas, consider gifting this exquisite oak handle bread knife, a product of the Pophams collaboration with Katto, a London-based brand that believes in the beauty of cooking and offers tools designed for better and more sustainable dining experiences. The 10.5-inch (27cm) bread knife features a Japanese AUS-10 steel blade and a hand-carved English oak handle exclusive to Pophams, making it a thoughtful and lasting gift for food enthusiasts. Pophams x Katto oak handle bread knife, £130;


Intermediate pasta making kit


Treat your pasta-loving paramour to this comprehensive kit curated by head chef Roberta d’Elia. This package equips you with all the tools and ingredients to craft five iconic pasta shapes, accompanied by the Pasta Evangelists cookbook. The items within, including a tapered Italian rolling pin and specialised beechwood pasta tools, ensure an authentic pasta-making experience, transforming Christmas into a culinary adventure for aspiring chefs. Intermediate pasta making kit, £50;


Dishoom chutney gift set, £26


Comprising a tantalising trio of flavours that promises to transform any meal into a culinary delight, the Dishoom chutney gift set is the perfect gift to leave taste buds tingling this Christmas. Nestled in a delightful package are three small spoons and bowls alongside three chutneys: apple chundo, tamarind & date, and chilli. Each chutney provides a different unique twist, so even the fussiest epicurean will enjoy Dishoom’s offerings. Dishoom chutney gift set, £26;


Bold Beans: Recipes to Get Your Pulse Racing


Delight the food enthusiasts in your life with Amelia Christie-Miller’s brand-new cookbook Bold Beans: Recipes to Get Your Pulse Racing. Just the thing for those embracing a plant-based lifestyle in the new year, the book includes vegetarian and vegan options that use protein-packed beans, while featuring winter comfort recipes such as creamy sausage, leek and bean stew, and golden chickpea and lemon soup with sticky shallots. Bold Beans: Recipes to Get Your Pulse Racing, £19.99; Shop here.


Ottolenghi holiday hamper


Indulge the culinary aficionado in your life with a hamper that embodies the essence of Christmas with a distinctive Ottolenghi twist. Packed with Yuletide goodies, including decadent Ottolenghi Christmas cake, panettone classico, nougat and granola, this hamper is perfect for a leisurely Boxing Day breakfast in bed, thus sparing your loved ones the chaos of the last-minute supermarket dash. Ottolenghi holiday hamper, £280;


Banhoek Chilli Oil


Banhoek Chilli Oil is a small-batch creation from South Africa’s Banhoek Valley. A balanced blend of sun-dried bird’s eye chilies and premium rapeseed oil, it’s 100 per cent natural, vegan, non-GMO, halal and kosher. Low in saturated fats and high in heart-healthy omega-3s, it’s not just a culinary companion but a thoughtful, health-conscious gift to spice up the festive season. Banhoek Chilli Oil, £8.50/250ml;


Stein’s Chef’s Christmas hamper


Recently featured in The Daily Telegraph’s “Best Christmas Hampers of 2023”, this luxurious offering is a treasure trove for home cooks and devoted followers of Rick Stein’s culinary legacy alike. Packaged in a wicker hamper, the ensemble includes savoury delights such as Rick Stein’s smoked chipotle chilli mixed nuts, Kalamata olives, savoury oat biscuits with sea salt, and a delectable Christmas pudding. Stein’s Chef’s Christmas hamper, £130;


A New Way to Bake


Elevate your gift-giving this Christmas with Philip Khoury’s culinary masterpiece, A New Way to Bake. As the head of pastry at Harrods, Khoury has not only earned his stripes in the world of patisserie but has redefined it with his groundbreaking innovations, using plant-based ingredients to delicious effect. A New Way to Bake, £30; Shop here