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Well Plated

Bookplates

If you’re the type of cook who’s overly generous with lending your personal library, consider inserting gastronomically-inspired bookplates into the front covers of your collection. These paper goods are attractive and theme-appropriate, and will give you a little piece of mind. Now your so-called friends won’t be able to easily abscond with your precious Marcella volume. $9.99 for a pack of 20 at Italian Papers & Gifts.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Sep 27, 2006 in Books | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Cold Comfort

Icejacket

A robe for your romaine? How about some outerwear for your Absolut? As seen at Oh Gizmo! the Ice Jacket is a mold that will encase a bottle of liquor in a sleeve of frozen water. Just insert the bottle in the mold, add water, and place in the freezer to chill. When the device is removed, a built-in drip tray collects water as the ice melts. The Ice Jacket will be available for delivery in the U.S. starting in January 2007. For more information, visit icejacket.com.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Sep 22, 2006 in Drink, Gadgets | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Flipping for Food

Yum Luckily for new parents, the field of board books written for foodies in-progress is becomming more crowded. One standout is Yum! (not to be confused with the also delightful Yummy Yucky). This entry in the Flip-a-Shape series teaches tots to recognize shapes while they build enthusiasm for fruits, veggies, and cheese. $8.95 at Amazon.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Sep 20, 2006 in Books | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Sporty Spork

Spork

Brendan I. Koerner's "The Goods" column in the New York Times looks at the spork created by Swedish product designer Joachim Nordwall for the outdoor gear company Light My Fire. The stylish new design breaks down and reconstructs the classic cafeteria model with the practical needs of campers in mind: the spoon and fork elements have been divided and set at opposite ends to make a two-headed utensil with a serrated edge. Made of a heat resistant plastic that can withstand boiling, The Light My Fire Spork is strong enough that it can be used as a tent stake, writes Koerner. $9.95 for a mulit-colored four-pack at REI.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Sep 18, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Egg-cessories

Eggcosies

From plush meats to felted donuts, is there any food that can resist the craft movement's sewing machines and knitting needles? Even eggs are helpless against the onslaught of cute, for these striped and polka-dotted egg cosies, made in Scotland of 100% lambswool, will keep your boiled eggs warm and in style. £8.50 (approx. $15.89) each in Amoroso (pink) or Hydra (blue) at Papa Stour.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Sep 13, 2006 in Culinary Couture | Link | Comments (0) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

No More Sobbing While Slicing

Oniongoggles In her latest "Food Stuff" column in the New York Times, Florence Fabricant points to these Onion Goggles which promise to prevent crying in the kitchen -- over onions, at least --  by placing a barrier between thiopropanal sulfoxide, the irritant released by onions when cut, and your eyes. While the breathe only through your mouth and not your nose method has always worked for me, these specialized spectacles might come in handy if prepping a large volume of onions (that is, if you can stand the nerd factor while wearing them). $19.99 in black or white at The Cook's Warehouse.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Sep 8, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Totally Lit

Martiniglass

If martinis don’t get you lit enough on their own strength, consider adding some extra light. While the amusement of light-up plastic martini glasses perhaps best work their magic at say, a classic kitsch bar, they’ll also have the same effect at any festivity, regardless of location. The double helix-shape LED illuminated stem is undoubtedly mesmerizing, plus the reusable glass is at least one thing your guests can take home at the end of the night. $29.99 for set of four from After 5.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Sep 5, 2006 in Tableware | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Baby Be of Use

Baby, Make Me Breakfast

Food-inspired books for children abound, but Lisa Brown's "Baby Be of Use" series takes a subversive spin on the feel-good genre, typified by volumes like First Book of Sushi ("Ikura, squishy salmon roe like dabby dots of jelly, salty on my lips and yummy in my belly!"). With bright, bold artwork, Lisa Brown’s Baby, Make Me Breakfast and Baby, Make Me a Drink aren’t just collections of pretty pictures of food and clever rhymes. Instead, these books aspire -- with tongue firmly planted in cheek -- to teach the littlest gastronomes-in-training how to cook mommy breakfast and mix up a tray full of cocktails. Baby, Fix My Car and Baby, Do My Banking round out the series. $9.00 at The McSweeney's Store.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Sep 1, 2006 in Books | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post