Our holiday gift guide continues with a list of suggestions for literary sipping and supping.
Bibliophile Thomas Jefferson once famously claimed, “I cannot live without books,” and his definitive statement graces the Library of Congress café mug (the other side features the organization’s name). More than 3,000 books from Jefferson’s personal library are part of the Library of Congress collections. Browse the “For Book Lovers” section on the Library of Congress’s online shop for more bookish gift ideas.
If wine, not coffee, is your bibliophile’s preferred tipple, they can preserve the flavor of their favorite vintage with NovelStops Winestops. Each is engraved with appropriate quotes and quips from writers such as Edgar Allan Poe (“Come, drink! The wine will brighten your wits”) and Dorothy Parker (“Red wine gives me courage”).
Another way to toast the holidays is with the Great Drinkers Shot Glasses, a set of four shot glasses with witticisms from writers famed as much for their heavy drinking as they were for there fluid prose. There’s W.C. Fields, who claimed, “I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast,” Oscar Wilde (“Work is the curse of the drinking class”), and of course, Dylan Thomas (reported to have downed 18 shots of whiskey on the eve of his death), who once quipped, “An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.”
Bibliophiles who love to entertain will appreciate The Writers Block Literary Cutting Board, a book-shaped maple cutting board with a walnut “spine” that makes a novel serving plate for cheese or bread; gift it together with a copy of The Book Lover’s Cookbook, which is chock-full of delicious recipes inspired by passages from classic and contemporary works.
Some of the savory dishes include Baked Stuffed Mushrooms from Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Wished-For Spicy Tomato Sauce with Meatballs from Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and Reacquainting Tea Cakes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.