The Art of Cooking

Photo: Ren Fuller for Chronicle Books

Art comes in many forms, whether it’s dance, painting, photography, or writing. Food is also an art form—every dash of salt and every knead of dough combine to make something not only beautiful to look at, but equally beautiful to enjoy. Food and drink have become an edible art, and there’s no better time of year to celebrate.

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Heimat New York creates delicious fruit liqueurs using local, seasonal ingredients without any additives, colors, or preservatives. The result is a unique, new must-have for your home bar cart.

Oh Tannenbaum

2 oz. Heimat New York Cranberry

1 oz. white rum

6 oz. eggnog

Add liqueur and rum into a clear mug or glass.

Slowly add the eggnog, and stir if desired

Check out their other flavors and recipes at


Books are the best way to learn, so we suggest picking up one of these fun ones to get your imagination running.

Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season

Jessica Strand ($19.95)

Naturally, Delicious Desserts:100 Sweet But Not Sinful Treats

Danny Seo ($28)

Friends: The Official Cookbook

Amanda Yee ($29.99)

Every Day Is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week

Sarah Copeland ($29.95)

Fan Fare: Game Day Recipesfor Delicious Finger Foods, Drinks and More

Kate McMillan ($19.99)



It’s not just about cheese and charcuterie boards anymore—from curated candy boards to breakfast aplenty, people are getting creative with their grazing boards—and we’re loving it! Alaura Berry of Berry & The Boards tells us, “they create a fun and beautiful way to enjoy your favorite foods.” Yunnie Kim Morena of KIM.CHI.AVOCADO expands, telling us that communal-style food installations are growing in popularity, largely because there can be something for every food palette.

Her tips on making your own: “Use it as an opportunity to clean out the fruit and veggie bin in your fridge and clean out the pantry with whatever crackers, nuts, and snacks you have on hand. Find some small bowls to put on your board to create dimension. Fill in negative space so the surface area is covered.”

Berry gives additional advice: “Place items that pair well together near or beside each other; this makes it easier for people to grab and not think too much.” And, she reminds us, “nothing is permanent—if you don’t like where you placed something, move it! There is no wrong way and don’t judge yours

Get more inspo @kimchi.avocado and @berryandtheboards


A worthy splurge this holiday season? The Ooni Pizza Oven. Whether for yourself or for a loved one, this easy-to-use, portable outdoor pizza oven is the greatest thing you’ll add to your cooking repertoire all year.

Choose from either gas or wood-fired options, and prepare to be blown away by mouth-watering Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked to perfection in just 60-90 seconds. That’s right—this sleek, simple oven won’t make you wait in line for a slice, and you’ll get your creative juices flowing with inventive topping ideas! (Oh, and did we mention you can also cook your steaks, veggies, and desserts in there, too?)


Don’t have time to create your own art? We understand. There’s no harm in leaving the heavy lifting to the professionals. Wolferman’s Bakery offers curated gift baskets and tasty treats that need no assembly. Whether you want to enjoy the holidays with a Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake or something more over the top like their Grand Holiday Gift Basket, serving joy in the kitchen is as easy as clicking “add to cart.”


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