Last-minute gifts for your favorite foodie

Happy Christmas Eve, Chowder readers!

I finished my shopping yesterday (whew!), but if you’re one day behind me, here are three locally-inspired ideas for all your favorite gourmands:

1) Here’s a gift that gives back: a gift certificate to a Super Hunger Brunch (sold in denominations of $25, $35, or $50) or tickets to the 2009 Super Hunger Chef Challenge—all to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. Your giftee gets a great meal, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re supporting a truly vital (especially these days) cause.

2. Fresh and Honest, the new book from chef Peter Davis of Henrietta’s Table (with co-author and former BoMagger Alexandra Hall). I have a copy here on my desk and it’s just gorgeous, filled with dishes like Roasted Corn and Crab Chowder, Pale Ale-Braised Short Ribs, and Winter Berry Pudding.

3. Another local cookbook: Wine Mondays, from L’Espalier‘s Frank McClelland (with co-author Chrstie Matheson, also a former BoMagger!). Here, McClelland has adapted his 5-star cuisine with the home cook in mind. The food is still fancy, but doable: Rib Roast with Ruby Mustard, Roasted Eggplant, and Peas with Mint and Garlic; Black Walnut, Granny Smith, and Chevre Tarte Tatin. Even better, each dish comes with specific wine pairing instructions, so you’ve got all the info you need to throw a fab dinner party.