Last year, my 10 slow food Christmas gift ideas got a very good response, and I even wrote a second post with some reader ideas. I’ve got some more ideas for the Slow Food advocate on your Christmas list.

1.     A basic canning and preserving book. If you’ve heard someone say, “I really should learn how to preserve the food from my garden,” this is a great gift idea to help get started. Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More looks to be a good choice. Reviewers on Amazon say it takes “the mystery out of canning” and it’s “great book for someone wanting the basics of canning and step-by-step instructions.”
2.     An “Edible” magazine subscription. “Edible” magazines are locally published magazines that celebrate food, season by season. Published quarterly by region, the magazines focus on stories about local food producers and recipes from local chefs. I get Edible Jersey, and I’m always excited when I see it in my mailbox.
3.     A “ChopChop” magazine subscription for a slow food kid. “ChopChop” magazine is a quarterly magazine for kids ages 5-12. It gets the seal of approval my 8-year-old sous chef and from me, too. It respects the fact that most kids can do more than make ants on a log and focuses on nutritional kid-friendly recipes that get them really using the kitchen.
4.     Tickets for a walking food tour. I recently wrote about City Food Tours’ Philly Homegrown Tour. Food walking tours like that one are available in many major cities. Search for a nearby city and the words “food tour” in your search engine to find a tour in the region of the person you’re buying a gift for.
5.     Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Kit. Back to the Roots has a windowsill oyster mushroom kit that uses recycled coffee grounds as soil.

Do you have any additional ideas for gifts for the slow food lovers on your list? If I get enough new ideas in the comments section, I’ll do a post on readers’ choices. 

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