For new cooks, the world is their oyster. (They might not know how to shuck it yet, but they'll get there.) To do that, they need the right tools, so we've compiled a list of classic yet inexpensive items for new cooks that we think will have a big impact on their cooking life. You won't find a KitchenAid mixer or All-Clad pans on this list (great as they are), but you will find an affordable chef's knife, a use-it-forever set of measuring cups, and an olive oil that'll blow their mind — all tools to get a new cook going in the kitchen.
Read on for our first gift guide of the season, and see our holiday sweepstakes — your chance to win a little help for buying your holiday gifts this year.
There are all sorts of wine lovers out there, from the casual sipper to the cork dork to the serious collector. Wondering what to buy your wine-loving friends and family? Read on for some great gift ideas.
Looking for fun and cheap gifts to stuff in a stocking? These 10 gifts all come in under $10, but they're useful, too, because who needs more junk? We have Christmas beans and fancy lemon extract. We have an extra-large ice cube tray and the best tool for peeling garlic. Read on for more:
What to get the cook who has everything? Or the cook who lives in a small space? Not another gadget to clutter up the cupboard, surely. What about something edible? Something delicious? We've shared some edible treats in our budget-friendly roundup, but today we're hitting the splurges! Come along for some seriously spendy treats — and some others that are actually within reach.
Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it's about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover's particular focus, we have a gift idea for you.
It's easy to find a luxurious cooking gift when you have $100 to spend, but how about when you have $20? Most cooks have a mental list of ingredients or tools they would love to have, but that are a little too expensive for everyday cooking. As dear as they may be to the recipient, these items usually make very reasonable gifts. Here are 15 small, indulgent gifts sure to be appreciated by the cooks on your shopping list — and they're all $30 and under.
What a great year for cookbooks. Despite the almost daily release of a new culinary app, and despite the thousands of incredible online cooking resources [wink, wink] and the continuing explosion of cooking shows, people are still enamored of good old-fashioned cookbooks. In the end, most of us still want to spread a cookbook out on the kitchen counter, a rolling pin holding the binding open, grease splattering across recipes, and we also still want to curl up in bed, turning the pages and feeling the paperstock of a good cookbook. They line our bookshelves and top our refrigerators like art.
While I can name at least fifty outstanding cookbooks published this year, I don't want to overwhelm you. So here are just fifteen that really stood out to me; books that reminded me of why I love to cook.
Shopping for new cooks is a real pleasure. There's so much excitement and optimism to work with! You could probably rattle off a list of must-haves in the kitchen (our Essentials posts do just that) but gifts for new cooks require a little more finesse. They should be practical, yet inspirational, something to not only outfit them for successful cooking, but also get them excited about doing it! In this gift guide we offer suggestions for essential and long-lasting tools that'll make cooking that much easier (a good chef's knife, a cast-iron skillet), as well as a few amped up basics (a jaw-dropping butcher block, a hand-carved wooden spoon) and specialty ingredients to entice them (high-quality olive oil and finishing salts).
People who like kombucha really like kombucha! We probably all have at least one friend who can't seem to get through a day without downing a bottle. This holiday season, give them the gift that truly keeps on giving: a kit to brew batch after batch of their very own kombucha.