December 2015 T-List: Vestal, Noma Documentary And More

Fresh intel on December's newest gear, restaurants and cookbooks

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1The Bywater (Los Gatos, California)

David Kinch is on a roll this year, reopening Manresa and kicking off Manresa Bread. Now he's channeling his NOLA roots at this Los Gatos hangout debuting later in the month. The Bywater will specialize in food Kinch eats off the clock, like messy po'boys. (Photo: Nick Vasilopoulos)

3Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Gear

Tempted to sneak away with one of the Chicago tiki bar's fantastical mugs? Well, now you can, sort of, with Three Dots and a Dash's new online shop—cocktails not included.

2'Arzak Secrets' by Juan Mari Arzak

Foie gras totem with love-in-a-mist is now at your fingertips. Arzak's science-geeky tome on the modernist Basque cooking he pioneered at his legendary San Sebastián restaurant is finally available in English. Weekend project, check.

4Josh Henderson, Vestal, Seattle

"I'm a true Washingtonian—I love apples. I start to see things like horseradish, caraway, cinnamon find their way into things more often than not."

5'Noma My Perfect Storm'

Thought your day was tough? In this stunning documentary, filmmaker Pierre Deschamps tells the story of one turbulent year in the life of René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen.

6'The Apprentice' by Jacques Pépin

The Frenchman who taught you everything, from breaking down a whole chicken with force and elegance to braising it simply like his mom, gives fresh insight into his life as a chef in the new edition of his touching 2003 memoir.

This revamped version includes a foreword from Anthony Bourdain and 40 recipes from his stash of all-time favorites, including Russian dressing-slathered Reuben sandwiches and his mother's cheese soufflé.

7Supercrown Coffee Roasters

Gorilla Coffee founder Darleen Scherer is getting back in the Brooklyn bean business with her roastery, coffee bar and online shop opening at the end of the month. The beans are seasonal, and first up are fruity Colombian blends from award-winning grower Carmen Cecilia. (Photo: Signe Birck)

8Le Creuset's Reissued Petite Cocotte

Nothing says "Happy 90th Birthday!" like a burnished orange cocotte. The iconic French cookware company is celebrating by reviving its original stoneware pot.

9Maiden Lane's Tinned Fish

There's another reason to love this little wine bar. Now the New York City spot is selling hard-to-find seafood conservas, or Spanish jarred/canned food, online, such as Galician squid preserved in its own ink and hand-packed smoked sardines.