Gourmet Cooking Starts With The Very Best Ingredients You Can Find & Afford
When someone asks me about gourmet foods, I tell them anything can be gourmet if it is the best product available. A home grown tomato is more gourmet than any tomato I can find in the supermarket.
Of course there are many aspects to great food ingredients including freshness, seasonality, quality - all factors to truly gourmet foods. Below are resources to some of my all time favorite ingredients to work with.
Where To Find Great Product to Cook With In Your Own Kitchen
When someone asks me where to find the best gourmet products, I would always tell them buy local. This is good if you are looking for fresh products that are grown locally like vegetables, meats and fish but what about those hard to find items like anchovies and caviar?
If you have a local specialty market near you, you may be in luck and find that truffle oil or fois gras you need for that special dinner. Unfortunately, sometimes those specialty markets are not charging a lot more because they have to pay rent, utilities and a whole bunch of employees to service you.
This is where shopping online comes in handy. You can find just about anything you want AND you can compare prices. I'm working with a few online gourmet food outlets that pay me to drive traffic to their sites.
It's how I pay to keep this site going. The companies below are just a sample of what's available online so I'll offer some other fine companies and try to add to the list over time.
Do Your Homework
I say this again, because even though an online store might have a great reputation and offer some incredible products, you may be paying too much for something you can find at a better price elsewhere.
On the other hand, if something looks too good and too inexpensive to be believable, do some research and look for reviews.