Feasting: Gift Guide for the Chowhound

The Manual


December 15, 2015

Amanda Gabriele

We all have that one person in our life (maybe many, if you’re lucky) who loves to eat more than anything. These people appreciate just about everything you put in front of them, whether it’s a simple roasted chicken, super fancy tasting menu or a plate of $2 dumplings you can only find in the depths of Chinatown. We love these friends because they expose us to new cuisines and experiences, encouraging us to open our minds and our taste buds. So this holiday season, treat your favorite chowhound to one of these stellar gifts, and give him or her something new to chew for once.


Cured in the medieval mountain town of La Alberca, Spain from humanely-raised pigs, this delicious ham is hung to dry in the cool mountain air where it ages for more than a year. Of all the Serrano hams available in America, this one is the most authentic, so even those with the most discerning tastes won’t be able to get enough. $349.95, La Tienda

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