You know your pal loves being in the kitchen and want to get him or her something that will nurture that passion. But what do you get? A spatula? A breadmaker? Does anybody really need a breadmaker?
As a serious home cook myself, I am always looking for tools that will help elevate my cooking. The perfect gift, to me, would be something that is a little bit extra but actually useful. Something I wouldn’t mind having but would never actually buy myself. Something like...
Dutch Leather Oven Mitt
Have you actually ever seen a more attractive oven mitt? Can you even imagine how good it must feel to have this 100 percent full-grain leather glove on your hand? I’d want to put this on to grab things from the fridge.
Cheese Spreader Set
The old-school British company lends its iconic prints to a set of cutlery and we are in heaven. We didn’t know it was possible but we now somehow want cheese even more.
File this under: I would never ever be caught buying this at a store for myself but I have been eyeing it and my, my would I feel super cute wearing it in the kitchen.
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
This has been one of the most lauded cookbooks of the year and for good reason. I learned to think about vegetables in a whole new way and even picked up a few new cooking tricks — like don’t oil vegetables before you grill them. You’ll have to buy the book to find out why.
Your aspiring chef will probably never admit he or she wants one. I didn’t. But now I use my instant pot all the time.
Atlas Pasta Machine
Serious home cooks live for one thing — the oohs and ahs of their guests. And fresh pasta is a guaranteed way to get it. Help a chef out here!
We can’t think of a more casual way to say, “please make me cookies!” Baking is seriously so much better with a pastry board but most people just suck it up and use their counter space. Not anymore!
Dottie Honey Bear
Honey is having a resurgence and a lot of people are using it as a substitute for sugar. What better way to keep this ingredient on the ready than with a cute little honey pot? She even has a name!
Anova Sous Vide Machine
Oh, now we’re getting serious. For those of you who don’t know, sous vide is a cooking technique that uses precise temperature control to cook perfect food. To the untrained eye, it may look like you’re just making microwavable food packs in water. But we swear, all the fanciest restaurants have one of these. Plus, this is so much more than a really fancy cooking tool. This is license for your home cook to gloat for at least a year.
Shallow Rosti Nepal Nesting Bowls
Gorgeous food deserves gorgeous vessels to be stored in. These bowls are also super convenient because you can put them in the freezer, microwave, and even the dishwasher.
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