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Truffle oil is one of those pantry items that can instantly evoke envy. Deftly used it can take mac n’cheese, risotto and poultry from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are oils from the woman who supplies restaurants like the French Laundry with truffles, and a pretty bottle of 18-year-old balsamic vinegar for finishing salads, pastas or dunking bread.
Brand: Gourmet Attitude
Gourmet Attitude is based in New York City—not exactly prime truffle-hunting territory. But don’t let that fact dissuade you: Grant Achatz, Corey Lee, and many other prominent chefs have praised the company for the consistency and quality of its products, which include gourmet fresh truffles and frozen varieties as well as its legendary Gourmet Attitude Truffle Honey. Founded in 2003 by Céline Labaune, Gourmet Attitude has become the primary truffle purveyor of many of the top restaurants in the U.S. The company’s thriving online store offers all your truffle-related needs, from rich aromatic oils and butter (delicious on mashed potatoes) to top-quality truffle slicers (you didn’t know such a thing existed, did you?) made of stainless steel or wood. Looking for a gift for your favorite foodie? Gourmet Attitude’s truffle gift box is the ultimate triple threat for connoisseur and neophyte alike: an essential kit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey, all infused with the alluring "fruit of the earth."