Holiday Gift Guide For Cooks
Home cooks are funny people, we literally get excited over the oddest things- cutting boards and salt keepers for examples! Some of these gifts are super practical, some are wish list items and some are “damn I didn’t know I needed this, where has this been all my life!”. Ranging in prices from $13-350, there’s something on this list for everyone. And without further ado- here is my first annual list for holiday gift guide!
The Must Haves
These are things that will last you longer than the family chisme at the dinner table, if taken care of properly.
Tojiro Japanese Knife set $97
Forget the misconception that in order to have a good quality knife, you have to spend a ton of money. My set has lasted me such a long time and is my go to when people ask me for advice on a knife. Whether you’re a fan of Japanese knives like me, or German, a sharp, heavy knife is every chef’s best friend.
Boos Cutting Block $66-$160
I don’t know what it is about cutting boards but every cook will tell you how much they love a solid cutting board. There’s just something about how that knife slides through the board…ugh! (There’s a dirty joke in there somewhere). Boos boards can get pricey but they’re such good quality board that won’t crack and bend if taken care of properly. Also, if you’re lucky, you can sometimes find them on sale at TJ Maxx ;)
Dutch Oven $60
Use it to braise, bake breads, fry, sear… the possibilities are endless! I recently just purchase my first one and I absolutely love it. Though Lecruset is like THE brand for dutch oven’s, for most of us on a tight budget, I recommend getting something comparable, like this one I purchased from World Market. I haven’t had any problems with it and I can already tell this is going to be a staple piece in my kitchen for a very long time.
Cast Iron Skillet $30
Ah old faithful! A cast iron will change your life. This pan can literally do it all perfect for those one pan meal kind of nights. You can use it at high temps, it can go straight into the oven, the heat stays even and is naturally non-stick. Another life long kitchen staple.
The Flavor Bible $23
This book is one of my favorite little secrets. Whenever I’m a creative rut I open it up and an idea immediately hits. It’s a basically an index of every ingredient you can think of and what pairs well with it. Absolutely LOVE!
Salt Fat Acid Heat $14
The illustrations, explanations and details in this book are everything! I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it. It covers all of the cooking basics and answers the “why” in a fun creative way.
Night Market Cookbook $20
Night and Market is an LA staple. Ever since the first time I went to LA, this place became a must visit so you can imagine how happy I was when they came out with their cookbook. Authentic thai cuisine with beautiful pictures and explanations!
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer $189-$350
Perfect for the baker in your life, the Kitchenaid stand mixer has been a staple in every home cook’s kitchen for years! My husband just gifted me mine and I’ve already used it at least 2 times a week. There’s so much you can do with this ONE machine and it’s timeless. The prices range depending on how many big you’d like the bowl to be but you can always find good deals on these. This is a hell of a gift!
Instapot Multicooker $75
I’ll be honest, I was so against getting a multicooker until I bought one. Holy crap is this thing a game changer. I personally have the Breville multicooker but this Instapot is way more price friendly. One machine that can do it all. Pressure cook, slow cook, make rice in 5 minutes? Yes, please!
Cuisinart Food Processor $67
A food processor makes prepping a breeze! Great for making sauces, soups, grating or even making dough. I’ve had mine for about 5 years now and it’s constantly used. Definitely recommend!
Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker $120
A sous vide machine is a game changer! This little machine circulates water at a set temperature and cooks proteins or vegetables (inside a vacuum sealed bag) to perfect temp, every time. I personally love it when I’m cooking for a crowd or cooking pre-marinated meals. Think of it as a high tech slow cooker… but with water LOL
The Useful Gifts
Salt Keeper $13
Salt is one of the most used ingredients in the kitchen. I love having this salt keeper handy because it keeps my salt moisture free and easy to access whenever I need it.
Ombre Lecruset Pepper Mill $30
Just like you want salt to be easily accessible on your kitchen counter, same with pepper. When it comes down to pepper, fresh cracked pepper is the way to go. The flavor is so different than the stuff already ground. This one from lecruset is super dope, I love the ombre color.
Glass container set $36
Glass storage containers are the adulting 101. I love them because they don’t stain, they can hold high heat and are easy to clean. This set is also great for meal prepping and just to have as a kitchen basic.
Silpat silicone baking mat $24
File this one under: Things I Didn’t Know I’d Need But Now That I Have One Where Has It Been All My Life. One of the reason why I love this little mat so much, besides that it’s reusable, is that it’s non- stick AF. Literally you can pour caramel on this and it won’t stick at all, making clean up a breeze.