Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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Summer Sale: 15% Off Everything in the Eat Boutique Shop

by Maggie Battista
Summer Sale! 15% Off

Happy summer, everyone! We’ve been feeling pretty chipper lately, what with barbecues and fresh produce and cookbook amazingness. (In case you missed them, here are a few of my behind-the-scenes looks at writing a cookbook: Food Gift Love Update and Sneak Peek at Food Gift Love.) The recipe testers, shop customers, blog readers, the world at large,

Behind the Scenes: Studio Carta

by Maggie Battista
Behind the Scenes: Studio Carta and 15% Sale

Last weekend, I did a little interview with Angela Liguori of Studio Carta for Style Me Pretty Living. It’s always a privilege to write for that site because, oh my goodness, it’s a way to share the good small batch word with their millions of readers. And guess what?! I’ve become a regular contributor to

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle

by Maggie Battista
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As I’m writing this cookbook, Food Gift Love, I’m recounting and recording my favorite recipes. It’s been a blast to relive the moment I first tasted homemade fried dough. I’m also playing with my favorite non-traditional pesto recipes, all chunky and green and perfect for the biggest bowl of homemade pasta possible. And spring rhubarb,

Sneak Peek at Food Gift Love Cookbook

by Maggie Battista
Food Gift Love by Our Recipe Testers!

I’m at the peak of the #foodgiftlove cookbook writing process and I’m already dreading the end of all this fun – seriously. When I signed on to write a cookbook last December, I did so with hundreds of partially-packed gift boxes towering all around me. I couldn’t imagine spending every spare moment writing a cookbook

No Recipe for Dulce de Leche Candy, Yet

by Maggie Battista
No Recipe for Dulce de Leche Candy, Yet

I watched her move in the kitchen, with a frenetic pace that I’m sure, if bottled, could power the universe. “This candy is so fussy,” she said. “One minute, it’s cooking and the next moment, it’s just a mess.” She means overdue, past done, a big seized-up situation not worthy of the name dulce de

A European Whirlwind

by Maggie Battista
Europe Whirlwind

I made a promise to myself when I embarked on writing a cookbook. The promise was simple: I promise to do whatever I need to make sure I appreciate and even enjoy this cookbook writing process.  And no matter how busy I get, I am making sure to do just that. In March, I had the

Food Gift Love Cookbook Update

by Maggie Battista
Food Gift Love Cookbook Update

I’m having a day, a week… oh, it’s really more like, a month. I was in California. Then, I was in France. And then, I was in Germany. I hosted two pop up shops, one at Anthropologie and one at Fringe Union. And next week, I fly west again, for 36 short hours, to host

Handmade Easter Chicks

by Maggie Battista
Handmade Easter Peeps

Oh my goodness, Easter is basically here. It’s crept up on all of us so quickly and now, guess what? The year is almost a third over… Wow. This year, Easter is going to be a little extra special in Maggie-land as my family is coming in for a quick visit. That means, I have

Eat Boutique Spring Pop Up Today!

by Maggie Battista
Eat Boutique Spring Pop Up Photos

Just a few photos to show off the fun we had at the Eat Boutique Spring Pop Up Shop at Fringe Union yesterday. We’ll be there again today from 12-5pm – come by to see: My friend Marisa McClellan will be there to demo and sign her brand new cookbook “Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning

Spring Pop Up Shop at Fringe this Weekend

by Maggie Battista
Fringe Pop-Up Shop THIS Weekend!

So if you didn’t make it to our table at Anthropologie last weekend (and even if you did), you should definitely pay us a visit at the Eat Boutique Fringe Spring Pop Up Shop, April 5-6 – yes, that’s this weekend. Hooray for amazing collaborations with Fringe Union! In addition to a collection of spring-tastic

Anthropologie Pop-Up Shop THIS Saturday

by Maggie Battista
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So we’ll be seeing everyone’s bright, shining faces this Saturday in Harvard Square, right? We won’t let a little snow get us down, right? I hope you’ll brave whatever weather to find Eat Boutique on the second floor platform at Anthropologie’s Spring Farmers Market this Saturday, March 29, 2014. We will set up shop from 10:00am-3:00pm, sampling

Eat Boutique at Fringe Spring Pop Up

by Maggie Battista
Eat Boutique at Fringe Spring Pop Up

Hello, hello! I’m just about to fly over to Europe for fun (France!) and work (Germany!) and a little bit of spring (well, I hear it’s spring there – let’s see if it holds!) I’ll be back in the States in time to meet up with everyone at the Eat Boutique at Fringe Spring Pop

Eat Boutique at Anthropologie on March 29

by Maggie Battista
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You might say I’ve become addicted to Pop-Up Shops… I get the chance to meet you all, talk about our favorite makers and their products, and the atmosphere is a little more relaxed than a full blown Holiday Market; I also love curating the perfect table of goodies for the season. Eat Boutique has a

DIY Food Gift Wrap

by Maggie Battista
DIY Food Gift Wrap

I suppose it’s no surprise that my life has been all consumed by food gifts for the last five years and so intensely for the last 10 weeks of recipe testing for Food Gift Love. It’s a lot of work, of course, but I’m making sure to keep my wits about me (you’re motivating emails

Sesame Bars with Thyme

by Maggie Battista
Pasteli Sesame Bar with Thyme and Lemon Zest

I am a huge fan of sesame seeds. When I was in my twenties and living in New York City, my daily routine included a bland street coffee and a heavy freshly-made sesame seed bagel, not toasted and loaded with salty butter. The sesame side, that single half that is covered in seeds, remains my

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