Olive oil from Especially Puglia. Photo courtesy of Food52.
A Burmese alternative to potato chips. A Japanese tool kit for tea ceremonies. And an Italian olive oil subscription with roots in Puglia. We pulled together 26 food-related goods that make traveling the world possible without leaving the dinner table.
Bring this pocket-sized illustrated dim sum field guide to dinner and you may fool your friends into thinking you studied abroad in China.
Available at amazon.com, $15.
The crystal glass cruet doesn’t drip (see it in action) and isn’t hard on the eyes, either.
Available at momastore.org, $40.
A fancy cheese knife (for your fancy fromage) made by master carver Chaïm Factor in Ireland using local yew, walnut, and sycamore woods.
Available at the-citizenry.com, $25.
Pretend you’re an Italian grandmother (or Mario Batali, if you wish) with an old-school pasta maker, gnocchi cutter, and two ravioli presses.
Available at amazon.com, $38.
There is such a thing as flavorful instant coffee. It was invented by a master barista from Finland, and is delivered to your door in TSA-friendly vials via subscription service.
Available at suddencoffee.com, from$24/month.
An all-natural splash of tropical vacation without the calorie counting (or the weird cocktail mixer aftertaste).
Available at splashmixers.com, $48 for 3 bottles.
Upgrade your international pantry with velvety tahini made from Ethiopian sesame seeds by New York’s Chelsea Market specialists.
Available at seedandmill.com, $12.
Stir up winter afternoons with rich Mexican hot chocolate. Each box comes with four discs to dissolve in hot water.
Available at squareup.com, $11.
A heavy-duty rice cooker that amateurs can master, made in the Iga style of pottery, one of the most highly regarded ceramics makers in Japan.
Available at amazon.com, $180.
A melamine centerpiece modeled after ancient Arabian mosaics that won’t break if it falls off the dinner table.
Available at amazon.com, $48.
For the home entertainer, a collection of recipes for seventeen seasonal family-style meals by Andrew Tarlow, the kingpin restauranteur behind Brooklyn’s world-famous food scene.
Available at amazon.com, $40.
The cookbook not only features some of the world’s oldest recipes, but profiles the people who preserve them — Maasai warriors, Icelandic shepherds, Hawaiian taro farmers — with captivating photography.
Available at amazon.com, $40.
Canisters crafted from castor aralia wood in Japan make a precious way to pack a picnic (or store your leftovers).
Available at nalatanalata.com, $90.
Four aromatic cedar coasters engraved with different sections of the Brooklyn map, perfect for your craft-beer-loving friend who wishes they lived in Brooklyn.
Available at domino.com, $36.
Spread the holiday schmear with a bagel baking and cream cheese making kit for people who can’t get enough of the New York City classic. (Guilty as charged.)
Available at nordstrom.com, $25.
For the global gourmand, a limited-edition gift box featuring two indulgent flavors of mustard: black truffle and Chablis white wine, and black truffle and smokey cep mushrooms.
Available at maille.com, $93.
Take a love for olive oil to the next level by adopting an olive tree from one of four sustainable groves in Puglia. After the autumn harvest, Especially Puglia sends adopters three liters of the grove’s EVOO, a ceramic cruet made by local artisans, and updates on the family-run farm.
Available at food52.com, $160.
The tools for a casual Japanese tea ceremony: young green tea from Yame, handmade porcelain cups, and an earthy kyusu pot with built-in strainer from the famous ceramics city of Tokoname.
Available at kettl.co, from $150.
A taste of the Aegean: Pure, unprocessed thyme honey packed with pollen grains from the island of Astypalaia.
Available at foodcross.com, €30.
A stylish, travel-friendly flask for those festive moments when getting caught red-handed is actually a good thing.
Available at amazon.com, $32.
Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop breaks down the rich culinary traditions of the lower Yangtze region, and its capital Shanghai, with mouth-watering, throwback recipes. (Beggar’s Chicken, anyone?)
Available at amazon.com, $35.
Make like the farmer’s market and show off where you came from with these customizable, reusable, waterproof totes made by a fair-trade co-op of female artisans in Bangladesh.
Available at apolisglobal.com, $68.
Pack the Burmese snack for a healthy alternative to potato chips when the munchies strike on the road.
Available at farmtopeople.com, $7.
South Africa’s version of beef jerky actually tastes good. It’s grass-fed, air-dried, sugar-free, and reminiscent of prosciutto.
Available at brooklynbiltong.com, $35.
For his small-batch elixir, chef Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen uses organic fish peppers — a rebounding heirloom of the Chesapeake region. It dials in at slighty spicier than Tabasco.
Available at snakeoilhotsauce.com, from $8.
An illustrated assortment of fun food miscellany, from the history of grub to a global street food tour to a primer on how people around the world serve fried potatoes.