A couple of days ago I shared my top picks for this year’s Gifts For the Cook Who (You Think) Has Everything — and I love everything on it! The prices vary on that list — from low (ish) to high. On this list, the prices don’t vary much — they’re from low to lower. These super fun picks are for everyone from the novice cook to those who are more experienced in the kitchen. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Off we go . . .
This salt block is very special. You can cook on it — on a grill, stove or in the oven, and it will impart its exceptional flavor into almost anything you can imagine. Everything Kitchens – $14.99
This is almost like having a tiny mandolin in the kitchen. Who wouldn’t want gorgeous, precise slices and shavings of truffles and chocolate!? (It’s also lovely for slicing cheese.) Amazon
Measuring, mixing, pouring — you name it, you can do it in these bowls. (Okay, perhaps not everything.) I love the look of them, too! Amazon
Whether you’re topping your pasta or pizza, or mixing it into a salad, there’s simply no substitute for freshly grated cheese. Sur La Table – $15.95
You can grate fresh garlic cloves on the bottom, add extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt, and voilà, your delicious bread dip is ready! It’s beautiful, too boot. UncommonGoods – $15
It’s pie season, after all. I think these old-fashioned, time-honored pie birds are darling. Since the bird is hollow, it vents steam from the filling as the pie cooks, which prevents it from boiling over. Le Creuset – $10
Whether you serve a hearty stew or or melt butter, this pot is just adorable! We all need a few adorable items in the kitchen. (If you ask me, anyway.) Le Creuset – $19.99 (This is on sale — it’s regular price is $25.)
Hand painted in Japan, these owl mugs or bowls are perfect for a delicious morning latte or steaming soup in the evening. You can’t help but smile when you look at them. UncommonGoods – $18 (sold individually)
Everyone should experience an excellent cup of coffee — that you’ve brewed yourself. Step 1: Add coffee grounds. Step 2: Add hot water. Step 3: Press. BuyDig – $18.95
I’m all about the one-pot meal — or in this case, the one-dish meal. It’s so lovely when you can bring something from the oven right to the table — and it’s pretty! It’s always fun to print out a recipe with a gift like this — one you’d cook in it, like this one. Cooking.com – $19.95
I think this is a super fun book to have if you love eating and trying new restaurants. If your reading this, it’s likely you, or the person you’re shopping for will love this! And it’s especially great for foodies who travel a lot — the book contains 2,000 personal recommendations by chefs of their favorite places to eat in cities around the world. Amazon
Any wood with unique characteristics in the grain like this, is beautiful for serving or presenting. I’m picturing it with delicious cheese, a few crackers and a fresh bundle of red grapes. Crate&Barrel – $16.95
This Greek extra virgin olive oil is some of the best oil I’ve ever tasted. You can almost drink it. I used it in my recipe for Olive Oil-Thyme Poached Salmon and it created an amazing result. Arianna Trading Company – $12 (for a 250 ml bottle)
I love how this set includes the cups AND the spoons, and the vibrant colors will bring the fun to a kitchen. Personally, I could never have too many measuring cups and spoons — and you know how much I cook. Macy’s – $9.99
Chestnut flour is one of my favorite gluten-free flours. Whether you have a gluten-free foodie friend, or simply a friend who loves to bake, this is an awesome gift! If for no other reason, get it for someone so they can make you these Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. iHerb.com – $14.40
This is an excellent springform pan that won’t leek and cakes will easily come out. Here’s what I’m thinking . . . In one pretty box: this springform pan with No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake recipe printed on nice paper, rolled up with a ribbon inside of it. King Arthur Flour – $18.95
If you know anyone who likes to make smoothies, quick and easy sauces and soups, and enjoys healthy eating, this is the ideal cookbook for them. Gluten-Free, Vegan, there’s something for everyone in this book. You wouldn’t believe how much can happen in a blender — it’s amazing! Amazon
This is one I put on the list every year. You see, it’s a must have item for cooks of all sorts. I have a couple of different sizes, and they live on the stove-top because I use one or both daily. Crate&Barrel – $16.99
Nothing on this list is sponsored — I’m telling you about them and suggesting them as gifts either because I have and love them, want them, or just think they’re cool.