We’ve all seen the gift guide for “foodies” full of things someone who actually cooks is unlikely to want or use. They’re beautiful to look at, but serious cooks and bakers generally want “classic” items that are highly functional and, if possible, beautiful. I consider myself someone who cooks and bakes a lot (considering it’s my day job 🙂 ), so I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite and most-used items that would be perfect for gifting. I’ve also included some items I would love to receive. Without further ado (because the holidays are approaching and we all have tons of s*%# to do!), here’s my holiday gift guide for people who actually cook.
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This is something I use EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It keeps the salt covered and it has a handle so I can carry it to wherever I’m working. Keep it filled with your favorite kosher salt (it’s easier to add to dishes without going overboard because of the large flakes).
If you like to follow recipes and measure amounts, this peppermill is for you because you can measure the pepper that is ground from the container that catches it on the bottom. It is also super easy to fill, which is a definite plus. This is the one I have and, again, I use it every day.
This is a total indulgence, but leather aprons are definitely having a moment. I love that they’ll last FOREVER. This is definitely for someone with a bigger budget than me, but it certainly is dreamy for this girl who loves to cook (except nightly dinner…that’s not fun every night even if you love to cook 🙂 ).
This apron is more reasonable than the one above and offers great coverage without having to fuss with apron strings. When I worked at Sunset Magazine, we actually had an old story that featured an apron pattern very similar to this that was based on a Japanese style apron and people often requested copies of it.
No more killing yourself opening a bottle of wine anymore! I’ve gifted this guy many times and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you’re a wine drinker.
Somewhere between a plastic spoon and a wooden spoon, this spoon is super durable and I’ve had mine for years. It’s French and made from a special material. It won’t scratch your cookware and it is also super heat-resistant.
The olive wood angled spatula on the right is my daily go-to. It’s perfect for scraping bits in the corners of pans and it’s the first utensil I reach for for most recipes, plus the olive wood is gorgeous.
You can’t go wrong with a Le Creuset dutch oven. I use mine regularly (I have a few in different sizes, but a good medium-sized one would be the most useful) for stews, soups, and even bread. If you live near an outlet, you can get Le Creuset “seconds” for a good deal (most of my pans are seconds).
The best vinegars I’ve tried. This trio would make a great gift for a food-loving friend.
I’m a pretty avid cookbook collector, so I LOVE a cookbook. Here are the ones I’m looking to add to my collection that I think you might also love!
You’ve heard me mention this one before, but it’s worth mentioning again. You can try my recipe for “Whole Orange Cake” that I worked on when I was at Sunset managing the Test Kitchen. You also MUST try the “World Peace Cookies” that I just made this weekend. They are AMAZING-like a chocolate shortbread, although that doesn’t even do them justice. Just make them-world peace will follow.
Since I got my copy of Genius Desserts, I’m dying to get Genius Recipes since I know it will be A-mazing!
Yotam Ottolenghi is kind of a big deal in the food world, and I’ve heard great things about this book featuring the dishes he makes at home.
If you follow The Great British Bake-Off, you probably remember Frances Quinn’s beautiful bakes-I’m dying to try re-creating some of her stunning recipes.
I finally succumbed to instant pot fever, but I’m struggling with how to use mine. I need a cookbook to guide me and I’m hoping this one will fit the bill. Do you have any suggestions??
That’s a wrap for my Holiday Gift Guide for People Who Actually Cook. I plan to roll out some more gift guides-is there anything else you’d like to see? Gifts for teachers/co-workers?? Just leave a comment or shoot me a message.
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