Christmas Gifts: Best possible taste

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If the thought of the usual seasonal spread leaves you bored and depressed, Kevin Gould's traitteur, Joy, can rekindle culinary enthusiasm and inspire creative gift ideas. Joy's shelves are filled with delicacies - from red pepper pate to hand-baked pannetone. Fresh food is cooked on the premises, evidenced by the several chefs to be seen preparing the daily menu through the glass partition. Gould's reputation for impeccable standards has grown apace, securing him a string of celebrity customers and exclusive commissions. Joy Christmas specials will include amaretti, imported from Massimo Gnocchi's village bakery in Gallarate, near Lake Maggiore, pounds 14.95. I always insist on organic and the finest quality ingredients," he says, "and the reaction is always the same. People who are unfamiliar with organic produce cannot believe the difference in flavour."

Joy, 511 Finchley Road, London NW3 (0171-435 7711)

Above from left: Pomodori Pelati, pounds 2.65; El Navarrico whole piquillo peppers from Ladosa, pounds 6.50; J Vela whole hot red peppers, pounds 1.50; Spanish Ortiz tuna, pounds 5.40 per 250g; Ortiz anchovies, pounds 3.60 per 78g Below, from left: char-grilled artichokes, pounds 2.15; boscaiola olives with red peppers, mushrooms and spices; Casablanca olives and hot pepper cocktail, black herbed olives, all pounds 1.45 per 100g

Kevin Gould with, from left: Tunisian extra virgin olive oil, pounds 9.99; Museum Street Cafe Christmas cake, pounds 27.55; chocolate brownies, pounds 1.80 each; bruschetta with sun-dried tomato pesto, mozzarella, caperberries and chargrilled mushrooms, pounds 2.95 per slice; lemon and polenta cookies, 50p each; dried apricots dipped in dark chocolate, pounds 1.40 per100g; Natasha's wheat-free orange and almond cake, pounds 25; char-grilled vegetables, pounds 2.95 per portion; focaccia, 85p per 100g; chocolate biscuits, pounds 1 each; Illy coffee, pounds 5.79 per 250g