JBF Gifts for Food Lovers

 

Looking for the perfect presents for all the food lovers in your life? Make us your one-stop shop for the most unique culinary gifts.

 

James Beard House Gift Certificates

Dining gift certificates are available at any value for use toward all one-of-a-kind James Beard House dinners throughout the year. To purchase your JBF gift certificates, please call Membership Services at 212.675.4984 x221 Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. EST. or email membership@jamesbeard.org. Learn more about Beard House gift certificates. 

 

Gift Membership Promotion

Introduce your food-loving friends and family to the pleasures of dining at the James Beard House with a JBF membership! What's more, if you purchase a gift membership from now until the end of the year, you will also receive... Read more >

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Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

Recipe for wild mushroom, shoyu, and goat cheese truffles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

These mushroom and risotto–based truffles may look like regular old fritters, but one bite exposes their umami-rich cores of shoyu and goat cheese. (Shoyu is just the name for soy sauce in Hawaii and Japan, so if you have a bottle of soy sauce in your pantry, you're covered.) Enlist some friends to help you churn out a few batches at your holiday gathering.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema

Cynthia DePersio's recipe for Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Cynthia DePersio is nuts for nuts. "I adore them, so I decided to use Italian pignoli cookies for the inspiration for this tart," she told us. The New Jersey–based pastry chef adds pulsed pine nuts to a classic French frangipane, then bakes the filling in a sandy sablé crust. "I like to pinwheel thinly sliced banana slices on top, sprinkle them with raw sugar, and brûlée," she says. We're partial to crowning our pieces with a dollop of mascarpone-boosted whipped cream.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Awards Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries

Award Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries

 

What's that sound, you ask? It's not the pitter-patter of reindeer hooves—it's the sound of JBF staff excitedly flipping through this year's batch of JBF Book Award submissions. More than 150 entries have fallen on our doorstep, including a cookbook dedicated to sprinkles, a guide to Japanese soul food, and a hefty encyclopedia of Champagne.

 

Got a food-focused tome to add to the mix? The deadline for 2014 Book Award submissions is Tuesday, December 17. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all of our award categories here.

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Recipe: Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

James Beard's recipe for lentil soup with chard and lemon

 

With the official start of winter and its accompanying chills only about a week away, it's time to ready our defenses in the kitchen. One of our staples for the season is lentil soup, and this year our plan is to make James Beard's "rather different" version, which was inspired by the vibrant flavors of Syria. He added three quarters of a cup of lemon juice just a few minutes before the soup was finished, giving it a welcome undercurrent of acid. For extra flavor and heft, we like to throw in some diced bacon when we start cooking the lentils. James Beard favored cotechino, an Italian pork sausage that's a classic pairing for these legumes. 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

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On the Menu: Week of December 8

Photo taken by Max Flatow

 

Here's what the James Beard Foundation is up to next week: 

 

Sunday, December 8, 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

The 12th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party

Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) when we celebrate the holidays at our annual holiday party. Don’t miss this chance to explore our muse’s home and sample culinary delights from some of the city’s most exciting chefs. A selection of fine wines from the Seeker, cocktails by Junior Merino, and beers from Stella Artois will be served to keep everyone in good spirits. A goodie bag and heaps of holiday cheer are guaranteed. 

 

Monday, December 9, 7:00 P.M.

Winter Black Truffles

The intoxicating aroma of black truffles will perfume the air at this extravagant event. Diners will be trea... Read more >

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