Last-Minute Gift Guide

December 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations, Dinner: A Love Story, the Book, Posts by Andy, Uncategorized

I don’t know about you, but this is the time when I suddenly look at the calendar, and then at the list of things I’ve bought for family and friends so far, and then at the list of things I still have to buy, and think, “Rut-roh.” How’s it all gonna get done? And how did I let this happen? In an effort to help make things a little easier, I thought I’d offer up a few suggestions for last-minute gifts here. Satisfaction guaranteed! – Andy

For the teacher who is dedicating him/herself, day in and day out, to the betterment of your child: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the patient cello teacher who — in just three months — has already made your life, and your ear drums, so much happier: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the soccer coach who not only volunteers her time three times a week to guru your kid, but also — true miracle — teaches her what off-sides means: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the mother-in-law who you love dearly but who could also use a little help in the expansion of repertoire department: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the 23-year-old niece, who was weaned on The Food Network and can tell her rutabaga from her kohlrabi: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the 23-year-old nephew, who still claims to hate tomatoes, prompting you to remind him — a 23 year old, grown-ass man — that pizza sauce CONTAINS TOMATOES: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the newlyweds, who want to learn how to make breaded pork chops together: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the lover of long walks, double rainbows, and three-alarm chili: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the guy who doesn’t know what else to get his girlfriend: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the wife, who is an amazing, loving mother and who works full-time and has recently begun talking about starting her own food blog: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the husband, who’s man enough to own a book called Dinner: A Love Story and who would appreciate knowing how to make a proper Manhattan: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the clueless bachelor guy, who should know better by now: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the new mom, who will relate to the chapter on new motherhood and then feel empowered and then just go off and make the Lazy Bolognese, only to be empowered further: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the desperate parents of picky eaters, who are secretly googling “can you survive on pasta alone” after the kids go to bed: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the holiday party host, who would appreciate how much cooler a present this book is when compared to another bottle of Yellow Tail Shiraz in a velvet bag: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the dog lovers, who whose faces will melt upon seeing the picture on page 51: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the person who has twenty bucks positively burning a hole in her pocket: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the Powerball winner who is looking to fill some shelf space in the new, 53-room mansion she just bought: 20 copies of Dinner: A Love Story.

For the committed Buddhist who, while not needing much in the way of material possessions, could still use a copy of this book, for real: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the new homeowner who’s definitely not a Buddhist and is looking for an excuse to fire up her huge, practically virgin, seventeen burner Viking: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the lover of fine food photography: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the cookbook collector: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the principled supporter of the book industry, who holds a special place in our hearts: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the outdoorsman: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the indoorsman: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the ombudsman: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the person who has resolved to stop stuffing face with jalapeno poppers when drunk: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the amateur sleuth: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the tool-and-die man, whatever that is: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the person who, as our 9-year-old just said, “draws pictures of turtles eating tomatoes”: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the person who reads the following sentence — “This book is for anyone interested in learning how to execute a meal to be shared with someone they love and discovering how so many good, happy things can trickle down from doing so” — and thinks, Dang, dogg, that hits me right where I live: Dinner: A Love Story.

For the thoughtful gift-giver who wants to buy a book and then have the author — like, I don’t know, Jenny Rosenstrach — sign a bookplate for said book and then give it to a good friend or relative and say, “Look, I got you a signed book for Christmas!”: Dinner: A Love Story. (Email her TODAY jenny AT dinneralovestory DOT com with subject line “Bookplate Request”; after 12/20, she can’t guarantee they’ll be sent in time for Christmas.)

For our slightly less ridiculous Gift Guide, click here.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mallory // Dec 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    If I hadn’t already bought Jenny’s book for many of the people you mention on this list Andy this would have convinced me. Thanks for the laugh.

  • 2 Amanda // Dec 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

    For the person who read through this entire list wondering if there was a gift mentioned other than Dinner: A Love Story: Dinner: A Love Story.

    This list prompted me to go get a copy (today) for my sister in law who is a very difficult person to shop for.

    On a heavier note, I really needed a laugh today after all the news this weekend and from hugging my kids for 48 hours straight. This was the first place I thought of going to see something positive. Thank you for being just that.

  • 3 Essie // Dec 17, 2012 at 10:35 am


  • 4 Kirstjen // Dec 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I had to google “ombudsman”!

  • 5 Kendra // Dec 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yellowtail in a velvet bag…you killed this post, bro.

  • 6 Robin // Dec 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Ha! I bought your book for both of my sisters, one a newlywed, one a busy working mom of two kids, neither who cook. We do not come from kitchen-savvy stock. Everything I know has come from the Food Network, Mark Bitman and Jenny Rosenstrach. I’ve been deemed the expert in the family and am blowing my cover a bit by gifting them this book but I can’t help myself. Wisdom like yours needs to be shared!

  • 7 Jenny // Dec 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Kirstjen: So did I!

  • 8 erinn johnson // Dec 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    what a good husband.

  • 9 Heather // Dec 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Hilarious, and thank you (I needed a laugh).

  • 10 Carrie Anne // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    What a great laugh! I happen to know that I am getting Jenny’s book for Christmas since my mom couldn’t figure out Amazon and had me help her. Still excited!!!

  • 11 Tracy @ // Dec 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Wait, does this mean that Dinner: A Love Story is the perfect gift?? I own the book, and I think it does!

  • 12 Christi // Dec 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    HA! This was a great laugh today. (And … hoping this is already wrapped under the tree!)

  • 13 Nicole // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    You are awesome! Thanks for the giggle!!! I ordered two as gifts this holiday season with several more in mind as new baby gifts! (I didn’t think of our wonderful teacher…end of year gift!)

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