Holiday Gift Guide (Day 5)

Day Five of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Taylor Barry Head Bread Baker for Jean-Georges

Taylor is one of my dearest friends and is a magnificent, wildly driven and talented pastry and bread chef.  Taylor is currently the head bread baker for Jean-Georges in NY, as well the primary ice cream and sorbet maker.  I was lucky enough to be Taylor’s roommate when she was in culinary school, and let me tell you, there is no better roommate than a pastry chef in training.  Taylor participated in last year’s Gift Guide and she was reader favorite, and I know this year will not be any different.


Gift Guide

Traditional Japanese Meal (get the ingredients here, here & here for delicious gourmet dishes)

“Ingredients to make a true japanese feast at home.  OK hear me out.  The holidays are the time of year when I allow myself to make some food splurges.  Ones that usually I’d have some financial guilt about.  But not in December.  This is time to indulge.  Right now I’m totally into asian cuisine.  This website carries everything I’ll need to elevate some of my simple weekly dinners into exciting meals packed with flavor.  My favorites are the Kewpie mayo and white miso.” – Taylor

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DAVIDsTEA (get it here)

“I love tea, especially chai.  Tis the season, so I’m out for something special.  David’s has fun packaging and some really cool combinations of flavors.  I’ve got my eye on “Chocolate Chili Chai”.  For $14.00, the 100 g bag comes with a free tin, and why not upgrade to a larger size!?  I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it.” – Taylor

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Spiced Gingerbread Shampoo, Body Wash, & Body Wash (get it here)

“Delicious Body Wash from Philosophy.  My Mom used to give me a holiday scented lotion/body wash from this company every year in my Christmas stocking.  Buying it for myself now brings back those same happy memories.  And with my baker hours, waking up at 4:30 a.m. is a lot easier when the first thing I smell is gingerbread, eggnog, mulled wine, and rum cake just to name a few of the wonderful scents this company has to offer.  It’s a special treat and every girl can feel guilt free to over indulge in these products without the worry of gaining a single calorie!  So why not grab two flavors!  The best part is that the recipe for gingerbread cookies is on the bottle!  Like giving yourself two presents!” – Taylor


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Monogrammed Decanter (get it here)

“This is great for my dad, father-in-law, or any friend who appreciates a good vintage.   William Sonoma has a plethora of decanters for under $60.00.  We’re adults now right?  Why not give the gift that will impress them as well as their guests without breaking the bank.” – Taylor

Garden of Glam

Gift box from Mantry (get it here)

“A gift box for the gourmand!  MANTRY is for the foodie looking for the obscure high end products.  TREATSIE is for your sweet tooth, mostly old-fashioned hard to find goodies. HOMEGROWN COLLECTIVE offers a few projects each month like make your own vanilla extract or chocolate bon-bons.  All fun options and a nice departure from the gingerbread house.” – Taylor

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C. Wonder Monogrammed Tote (get it here)

“For my girl friend who throws great dinner parties.  Planning a great menu takes a lot of care and preparation on the part of the host.  Make him/her feel special by getting them a great personalized “grocery tote”.  Recently I was given a beautiful market bag and it makes food shopping feel somewhat luxurious and gets me excited to go home and cook even the simplest week nite meal.  This site also has plenty more items that you can personalize from holiday sweaters to tea cups.” – Taylor

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