The holiday shopping season has officially started! Are you trying to find the perfect present for that special foodie in your life? Check out these 8 gift ideas guaranteed to please your favorite home cook:
1. Plenty More ($21): Chances are high that your food lover already owns one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s popular cookbooks whether it’s Plenty, Jerusalem, or Ottolenghi. But Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Plenty More, was just released in mid-October so it’s possible that it hasn’t landed in your friend’s kitchen yet. Already amassing rave reviews, this cookbook features a collection of outstanding vegetarian recipes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.
2. Cooking Class Gift Certificate: What do you get the cook who has every possible gadget and cookbook? You can’t go wrong with a cooking class gift certificate. Even the best home cooks enjoy learning new cuisines and skills. When I’m itching to take a class, I head over to my favorite cooking school in SF, San Francisco Cooking School. They offer unique classes ranging from cooking the menu of top local restaurants (Delfina, State Bird, for the locals) to mastering “Killer Fried Chicken”.
3. Hedley & Bennett Apron ($85): I believe a great gift is one that someone really wants but can’t seem to justify buying for themselves. That completely describes my obsession with Hedley & Bennett aprons. I’ve been stalking their Instagram for months now, and they’re outfitting some of the world’s best restaurant chefs and culinary professionals. Their aprons come in a variety of colors and styles; they’ll make your favorite amateur cook feel like a top chef! [Cyber Monday update: Use coupon code CYBERHB for 25% off!]
4. Marcato Pasta Maker ($70): You just can’t go wrong with this classic kitchen tool from reputable Italian manufacturer Marcato. Gift this pasta maker and you might just score a plate (or more) of fresh homemade spaghetti or fettuccine. As I’m sure you already know, home cooks *love* to share their creations :)
5. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker ($60): The first time I tried out this ice cream maker I was so impressed by how easy it was to use (just an off/on switch) and how quickly it churned the ice cream (~30 minutes). You can also make frozen yogurt and gelato. Pair it with these colorful, reusable storage containers by Tovolo for the sweetest gift ever. Available in white, red, turquoise, and raspberry.
6. Lucky Peach Subscription ($48): This quirky, off-beat magazine is basically required reading for any adventurous foodie. Co-created by the ever-popular chef David Chang, Lucky Peach magazine features stories, recipes, and more by respected food writers including Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl. The annual subscription includes 4 issues, and trust me, when my Lucky Peach magazine arrives in the mail, it feels like Christmas morning every time. [Cyber Monday update: Get 15% of annual subscriptions]
7. Soma Water Carafe ($49+): I’ve had my eyes on this beautiful water pitcher for a few months now, ever since trying my first glass of Soma filtered water. Let’s just say it was pretty hard to go back to my Brita; Soma filtered water tastes *so* much better. It could be because Soma filters are made of coconut shells (and 100% biodegradable). Thanks to Soma, I’ve continued to enjoy clean, refreshing tasting water at home using my new carafe. Also, it’s sleek and stylish enough to place on the dinner table, and available in white, yellow or limited edition black. You simply can’t go wrong gifting this to someone who loves to entertain!
8. America’s Test Kitchen Live ($35+): Culinary geeks (myself included) absolutely love America’s Test Kitchen. They’re all about understanding the science of cooking, so Test Kitchen recipes are tried and tested (I mean, remember this Potato Gnocchi?!) America’s Test Kitchen’s creator, Christopher Kimball, will be bringing his TV show on the road to select U.S. cities through early April. Be sure to snag a few tickets for the absolute fool-proof culinary experience.