11/22/16 12/03/12 POPSUGAR Food Holiday Living Best Food Items | December 2012 YumSugar's Must Haves For December December 3, 2012 by Susannah Chen 23 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow Hot chocolate on the stove? Check. Boughs of holly on the staircase? Check. Gifts wrapped under the tree? Check. Looks like we're starting off December with everything checked off our list. Well, just about: there are a few essentials for this month we've forgotten to mention. Take a look at a handful of items we simply can't get enough of right now. The Mind of a Chef At first thought, PBS might seem like a bizarre outlet for David Chang and Anthony Bourdain's new TV series The Mind of a Chef, but let me tell you, the buzz surrounding it is well-warranted. This is not any cookie-cutter food TV show. It tackles subjects like gluttony, Japanese cuisine, and Christina Tosi's epic desserts — all in all, a win. — Nicole Perry, assistant editor Source: PBS Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker Pressure cookers are finally shedding their 1960s image (and their reputation for dangerous explosions); this season, everyone from Food & Wine to Everyday Food's been praising the fast functionality of the pressure cooker. My coveted pick is Fissler's Vitaquick pressure cooker ($240). It may not come cheap, but considering it has the capacity for 8-1/2 quarts and can cook braised meats, risotto, and beans in record time, I think it's well worth the investment. — Susannah Chen, editor Fissler's Vitaquick pressure cooker $240 from fisslerstore.com Buy Now Peppermint Bark Williams-Sonoma had samples of this peppermint bark ($27) out, and I couldn't help but go back for seconds. The creamy white and dark chocolate against the crunchy pieces of peppermint is such a phenomenal pairing. Gift a chocolate lover this bark or pull it out for holiday parties. — Anna Monette Roberts, assistant editor peppermint bark $27 from williams-sonoma.com Buy Now Kitchen-Inspired Christmas Ornaments I'll be decorating my first "grown-up" Christmas tree this year, so all the requisite tree trimmings are top of mind. My top picks are all a playful nod to my career of choice: a mason jar ornament ($12), bacon ornament ($14, originally $20), lobster ornament ($18), and copper stockpot ornament ($10, originally $15). — NP mason jar ornament $12 from shopterrain.com Buy Now bacon ornament ($14, originally $20), $14 from surlatable.com Buy Now lobster ornament $18 from anthropologie.com Buy Now Food Network Holiday Episodes Paula, Giada, and Ina are just a few of my favorite Food Network ladies who will air holiday specials this year. I especially can't wait for Jeff Mauro's holiday sandwich episode! — AMR Photo Courtesy of Food Network (©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved) Jamie Magazine As a fan of Jamie Oliver's, I've always lusted after his UK magazine, Jamie, and to my delight, Jamie magazine is finally coming out with a North America edition! The first book, a special holiday issue, couldn't be better timed, as I'm in need of some culinary inspiration this year. — SC Kumquats Image Source: Shutterstock Easily my favorite Winter fruit, kumquats are my go-to snack come first harvest (their season generally starts up in December and runs through early Spring). For the most part, I'll devour them whole, but I can't wait to experiment with them in salads, marmalades, and cocktails as well. — NP Gilded Champagne Coupes It's hard to believe 2012 will soon be coming to a close. This year I'm hoping to toast to the New Year with a set of retro-inspired (and oh-so-glamorous) champagne coupes ($68) to start things off on the right foot. — NP champagne coupes $68 from bhldn.com Buy Now iPad Cover My iPad has seen better days, especially since I've started taking it in the kitchen. Save yours from tomato sauce, sticky honey, and other food hazards this busy season by using an iPad Screen Shield ($15). — AMR iPad Screen Shield $15 from williams-sonoma.com Buy Now Tyler Florence's New Cookbook The only thing we love more than Tyler Florence wines is a new Tyler Florence cookbook! The chef is a huge proponent of organic, fresh, and seasonal dishes, and he's spreading the word with Tyler Florence Fresh ($35), out Dec. 4. — AMR Tyler Florence Fresh $35 from amazon.com Buy Now Holiday LivingMust HavesHoliday Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Home Love and Sex Vegetarian Tech DIY Food Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.