Chefs' Choices

As our fast food nation gives way to an epicurean culture, Americans are displaying an appetite for everything from aged vinegars to the latest high-tech cooking gadgets. We went to some of the nation's premier foodies -- chefs for top restaurants from Brooklyn to Santa Barbara -- to find out what kind of food-related gifts have made their hearts beat faster. Many like nothing better than a homemade specialty lovingly prepared by a relative or friend. Even if you can't make it yourself, you can find almost-as-good-as-homemade versions of the items they suggest either online or in gourmet food stores. So, for the food lovers on your list, click on the photo below for a slide show of some tasty and trendy gift ideas from the pros:

By Amy Cortese

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