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When it comes to gift giving, consider yourself lucky if you’re shopping for someone who’s really into cooking or food (or most likely both). There’s a huge market for smart kitchen gadgets and cookware upgrades that are as useful as they are thoughtful, and they’ll put a smile on any home cook’s face. If their kitchen is already fully equipped, you can’t go wrong with some delicious new ingredients. Fish, meat and exotic spices are a great alternative to rolling the dice in an expensive food processor.
We test (and taste) to find new and exciting kitchen tools, as well as exceptional ingredients that make especially good gifts for the home cook. We’ve shared a little about each one, including why we love them and why we think they deserve a coveted spot in the kitchen, cupboard, pantry or fridge.
Below, you’ll find gifts for those who love to mix things up in the kitchen, including modern kitchen tools and finely crafted versions of classic kitchen tools. Most of these kitchen and dining gifts should do Read a little more thoughtfully than your standard-issue cheese basket or a bottle of booze (neither is a sin). So grab your linen napkin and feast on the best kitchen and dining gifts for the foodies on your list this year.
Le Creuset, maker of the best cookware and cookware on the market, has launched a unique Harry Potter cookware line. Snitch over one of the French heritage brand’s signature enamel dutch ovens. There’s also a Lord Voldemort casserole dish, spellcasting spatulas and a cup set as part of the limited edition collection, although you may have trouble finding them in stock.
If you’re a cheese-loving Star Wars fan, this Death Star cheese board and tool set is a must-have for your next gathering. The Death Star cheese board is made from eco-friendly rubber wood with a service area of over 81 inches. The rotating top opens to store four stainless steel cheese tools: a cheese grater; planer for hard cheese; a fork knife and a classic hard cheese knife and spreader.
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Making seltzer at home is a good idea. This will save you money and prevent too many boxes from clogging up the recycling system. Moreover, it is not necessary to take them out further. SodaStream is the most popular brand, but Aarke plastic seltzer makers win big time when it comes to style. The Aarke carbonator is made of stainless steel.
It also uses the same easy-to-find SodaStream CO2 canisters and has a great exchange policy that will only cost you $15 per bottle.
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Unless the foodie on your list is very knife-savvy, they probably have a Western chef’s knife as standard. These heavier, bulkier knives are great for workhorse chopping, but a lighter Japanese-style knife like this Mac Classic Chef knife — our top pick for the best Japanese chef’s knife in 2021 — can handle complex cutting, fine slicing, slicing, and better for chiffon. . It’s certainly useful to have both a Western and a Japanese knife in your collection.
Riviera Seafood Club
We have gifts that we think people want and gifts for them definitely I want. An absolutely beautiful piece of sushi-grade tuna belly is the ultimate for foodies, I promise. If you want to give a really special tuna belly, hamachi, or yellowtail, I recommend this family-owned online seafood purveyor from Los Angeles. The Ito family sources some of the best high-end sushi fish, along with more common fish such as wild salmon, black cod, shrimp and unagi.
Riviera ships fresh or frozen fish to all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and much of it is sashimi-grade, meaning you can slice and eat—no cooking required. It’s also very reasonably priced for the quality, with fillet tuna starting at $25.
The last time I was in San Francisco’s excellent Chinatown, I bought a nice pair of wooden chopsticks, and I’m glad I did. It’s better than eating with cheap chopsticks. These lovely maple sticks are handmade and therefore each one is unique. Pair them with a jar of chili crisps and you’ve got a great gift.
The cocktail shaker has been around for a long time, but short on innovation. This erected The shaker from Huckberry is double-walled so your hands don’t freeze and has a non-stick lid so you don’t have to beat it around the kitchen like a maniac to get into your drink. It is big enough to make four drinks at the same time.
It might just be the perfect shocker.
I’ve long been a fan of deep fryers, but I recently got my hands on the Instant Pot’s Rapid Crisp lid, which turns a 6-quart multicooker into a powerful air fryer with one swipe of the sturdy appliance. It has a slightly smaller capacity than most air fryers, but it works pretty well and is a great space saver. Need some proof? Check out this weathered fried chicken I made it in 20 minutes without any oil.
If they also need a multicooker, you can get a treat: the Instant Pot Duo Crisp with a fryer lid for $150.
I had fun playing around with Dreamfarm’s innovative food containers earlier this year, and most of them left me thinking, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” I especially liked the silicone serving spoon that turns into a ladle and rests on a hinge so it doesn’t need a spoon rest to keep from messing up the counter. I also dug out the Chopula, which is a spatula with a sharp edge so you can chop up stuff that’s already in the pan.
Get a fun and colorful set of five Dreamfarm cookware for $70. The foodie on your list will definitely thank you and wonder why they are he didn’t think about them.
Fly with Jing
This is my biggest spice obsession lately, and I’m not the only one. Chili is a crunchy, slightly spicy, sweet umami bomb that adds an incredible dimension of flavor to bland dishes including eggs, chicken, fish, vegetables and more.
Grab a few jars, hand them out to everyone you know who loves to cook (or eat). They will absolutely love you for it.
Depending on what you are making and the results you are expecting, you may need different types of containers. For grilling steaks, burgers, pork chops and other meats, carbon steel is hard to beat. First, it retains heat well, hotter than Hell, but also lighter than cast iron, so you can easily maneuver it over the stove. Pair this elegant dish with a box of quality cuts from our favorite online butchers.
A blender might seem like a lame wedding gift, but take a look at Quince. Any kitchen warrior would be delighted to crack open this mighty machine, which looks like something Apple dreamed up. I’ve been using a Beast personal blender for the better part of a year. It’s simple, intuitive, solidly built and robust. Most importantly, it blends incredibly well. It’s a sleek upgrade from the many NutriBullets and NutriNinjas that came before it.
The vermicular cast iron skillet is a wonder to behold and perhaps the best piece of cookware I’ve discovered this year. A Japanese cookware company has managed to create a pan that retains heat like thick cast iron but weighs less; A 10-inch pan is only 2.4 pounds.
Although the pan does not require more care than the classic cast iron, it is very beautiful to look at. It’s not a budget buy — $170 for the pan and $45 for the eye-catching lid — but I believe it’s totally worth the money.
This is another gift for the foodie or home cook that is as flawless as possible. Every cook uses spices, but sometimes we’re limited to a meager selection at the local or grocery store. RawSpiceBar unlocks a world of exciting spice blends for less than $12 a month, sending freshly ground global spice blends and recipe ideas to your gift recipient’s home to try.
You can gift one, three, six, nine or 12 months of subscription or buy a gift card for someone on your list.
I am a big fan of the pizza oven at home. Not just for pizza, but for all kinds of cooking when you don’t want to turn on the oven. Because these ovens heat up to 900 degrees, you can cook burgers, fish, vegetables and more in no time. With its sleek, modern design, the Ooni Koda would make a stylish as well as tasty addition to anyone’s backyard.
The only problem with this gorgeous Stella Falone cutting board is the guilt you’ll feel the first time you pry a sharp knife into the perfectly treated West African ebony. Fear not, it can withstand the wear and tear of everyday meals and still make a stunning platter for serving cheese and charcuterie. The sleek, dark fretboards are handcrafted from the same Cameroon ebony used to make Taylor guitars. Since 2016, founder Bob Taylor and his team have planted over 15,000 ebony trees in West Africa in the spirit of leaving the Earth better than they found it. That’s a lot more than what they use to make guitars and cutting boards.
The reversible board comes in two sizes, $129 for the small and $199 for the large. Both are sold directly through the Stella Falone website, which offers two-day shipping for just $25.
John Boos & Co.
If you’re looking for something more wallet-friendly, you really can’t go wrong with Boos. This 16-by-11-inch block of maple is light enough to jump around the kitchen with, but if you take care of it properly, the maple will last a while. It’s perhaps more labor than show, but any home cook will appreciate it for many chops to come.
Jean Dubost Laguiole
This is a great gift for the serial dinner host. You’d be surprised how many home cooks go without the right carving knife.
Sous vide is nothing new, but the brilliant Breville takes the technique to another level. Cooking gourmet meals with this setup is faster and more efficient than similar gadgets, and is half the price of a typical setup. A must-have for the home cook with limited space.
Fulton Fish Market
If you don’t live near the docks, the easiest way to get quality seafood may be from one of these great online fish purveyors. The Fulton Fish Market has one of the best selections anywhere, with an abundance of wild salmon, trout, scallops, shellfish, caviar and more for unique edible gifts foodies will enjoy. Pick up the package and have this unique gift delivered directly to your recipient’s home. They will definitely appreciate fewer trips to the market.
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I had the pleasure of sampling some incredibly rich cuts of Vermont Wagyu this year. It’s hard to go back to grocery store beef after eating the good stuff, but it’s still worth treating your favorite carnivore to this high-end meat-eating experience at least once.
If ribeyes are out of your price range, grab three Wagyu burgers for $16 or a sirloin steak for $31.