Happy Holidays from Gayot and The Food Paper!

The most wonderful time of the year can get busy, but we're here to help. We've compiled top restaurant lists, reviewed the latest must-have cookbooks, and rounded up the most glamorous culinary events. After all, December is the most important season for a foodie!


Looking for a great spot to celebrate? Here are the best restaurants for Dining Out on New Year's Eve.  And for places where families and friends can gather in style, and dine in a relaxed, holiday atmosphere, we've selected the Top 10 Holiday Dining Restaurants in the U.S. More hot places to eat include New York's Felidia Ristorante, where culinary queen Lidia Bastianich turns out textbook examples of what pasta can aspire to. And if you don't want to break the bank, save money dining out! Take 60% off at Restaurant.com! Use code GAYOT60 12/1/09 through 12/15/09.


This fall season has seen a deluge of delightful new cookbooks. Among our favorites is Every Day Indian, offering 100 truly "Fast, Fresh, and Healthy Recipes." And from the big guns: Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller; Emeril 20-40-60 by Emeril Lagasse; and New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson just cooked for the Obamas' first White House state dinner (perhaps you heard about it!) and was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about his top three kitchen must-haves  and other topics. Be sure to browse our recipes for yummy winter dish ideas such as Soothing Yam Soup and a Simple Turkey Meatloaf.


A jolly meal or holiday party needs a festive bottle to match. Our selection of Top 10 Holiday Wines offers vintages in all price ranges. So raise your glass and toast to joy to the world! We've also come across a fun book that makes a great stocking stuffer: Drunk, with exactly 2,964 synonyms for over-indulging, from rockaputzered to Dean Martoonied (our favorite).


From cutting boards and cookbooks, spa products and travel accessories to handcrafted chocolates and a flamboyant Louboutin stiletto shoe filled with Champagne, our Top 10 Holiday Gifts are sure to please everyone on your "nice" list this season.


Hop on a plane to Budapest and enjoy the city's famous curative thermal baths. Book a ticket to somewhere far, far away and stay at one of our Top 10 Remote Hotels in the World. Live on the wild side and buy yourself one of the Top 10 Exotic Cars. Or enjoy the simple pleasures such as Weleda's new Pomegranate Body Care line or a delicious strawberry jam from France.

There's plenty more we have for you online, including our events calendar and our food features section, covering foods that increase your libido or make you look and feel healthier, including so-called super foods, chocolate (!) and yes, water. Or visit our shop for additional holiday ideas.

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See you in January, after all of our holiday feasting and devoted to all things health.

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