• 1. Canal House Cooking subscription, $49.95 for 3 issues. These gorgeous books have the seasonality of a great food magazine, but the beauty and production value of a well-edited cookbook. We really can't express how much we love this series (although not for lack of trying). A subscription is not cheap, but it's worth it.
• 2. Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything iPhone app, $4.99. Do you have a friend who cooks constantly? Does he love his iPhone? Well, how about a cookbook for the phone. This is a well-designed, practical, and useful app that includes many recipes from Bittman's classic book.
• 3. Eat Your Books, $25 for a yearly membership. Ever wished you could search inside your cookbooks? Wish that you could look up the ingredients in a favorite recipe while you're at the office? Eat Your Books is an index for your cookbooks. It's a wonderful, growing service, and if your friend already has all the cookbooks she could ever need, then perhaps this is the gift to get. (See our review here.)
• 4. Cook's Illustrated Online Membership, $34.95 for one year. This is a fabulous gift: Access all of Cook's Illustrated's recipes, tool reviews, and tips online for a whole year.
• 7. Rouxbe Online Cooking Classes, $29.95 for one month. This is a bit of a gamble; we haven't seen any of these videos, but we're curious about them. (Have you checked out Rouxbe's online cooking school?) For a brand new cook, these videos might be a great gift. Or, alternatively, what about assembling an online list of the best YouTube cooking videos? (Free! Just takes a little time.)
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