My wife and I cook vegetarian at home 90% of the time and are strictly vegan for a good chunk of the year. This guide is a practical approach for normal, everyday vegetarians who are just like normal, everyday people but happen to cook more vegetables than anything else. See our top picks!
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Sure, every wedding registry's got a food processor and stand mixer on the list, and both are invaluable tools in the kitchen, but there are other fancy-pants tools that help make preparing great food more fun. Easier, prettier, more foolproof. Your giftee might not require a $300 Dutch oven, but if they've been extra good this year, you should consider spoiling them. Every item on this list is something I use in my own kitchen at least once a week, if not every single day, and most I've had for years and plan on using for the rest of my life.
Essential doesn't have to mean expensive! This is my list of kitchen gear that you can buy for under $50 and will use not just occasionally, but all the time. You won't find any odd unitaskers here or overly specialized gadgetry, just solid tools for real cooks who cook a variety of foods every day. What's more, all of these tools should last you years and years down the line.
If you're having trouble thinking of great presents for your favorite spirits aficionados, we're here to help. These gifts will be a hit with cocktailians, home mixologists, and fanciers of booze in general.
A few gift ideas for your favorite beer fanatic.
If there's one kitchen equipment question I get more than any other, it's this one: What is the best chef's knife? The honest answer? There is no such thing as a "best chef's knife." It'd be like asking a violinist to name the "best violin" or an architect to identify the "best material." There are many factors that come into play, and depending on what type of cook you are and how your hands, body, and wallet are shaped, you might opt for one over another. Here are some things to consider, and nine of my top recommendations for a variety of cooking styles.
My personal "essentials" lists evolve slowly over time based on not only minor refinements in selection or new product availability, but also on my own cooking style. It's impossible for me to tell you that the pots and pans that I use the most will be the same as the pots and pans you'll use the most. But I can tell you this: I cook a lot, and I cook a wide variety of things, and with these pots and pans in my arsenal, I never find myself saying, "man, I wish I just had [insert pan X here]. Nearly every recipe on this site can be cooked in a kitchen equipped with these bad boys, so if you or a loved one has been extra nice this year, listen up!
The items on this list are perfect for those friends and family who are just starting out with a new (or improved) kitchen. The absolute most essential gear with no frills, no extras, and nothing that won't get used over and over and over again for years to come.
The theme of this year's coffee gift guide is decidedly all about exploration. Whether it's helping a brother-in-law develop a more nuanced palate, encouraging your coffee-concerned significant other to give in on the hiking trip you've been suggesting for months, or even just picking out the perfect colors for your cousin's reusable to-go cup, the gift ideas on this list will help your loved ones peek into the world beyond their regular coffee routine.
I eat amazing sweets all year round, but that doesn't mean I don't love getting some as gifts during the holidays. I also like getting (and giving) cool sweets accessories, like vintage-style glasses that make my ice cream eating feel oh-so-classy, or my trick to professional looking cake decorating.
Cold, snow, wind...nothing stops the serious griller! No matter what the season, a backyard cooking enthusiast will always appreciate grilling related gifts. From the useful (rub shaker) to the kitschy (vintage serving trays) to tje ridiculous (barbecue cologne), there's something out there to add a little extra warmth to your special griller's heart this holiday.
Some of these are stocking-stuffers, some are pretty pricey, but most are somewhere in between. What they all have in common is that I have turned to these products again and again in my own pizza-making life. I hope your pizza obsessive—novice or veteran—appreciates them as much as I do.
Aspiring junior burger-maker in your midst? Or perhaps a hardcore amateur trying to up their game? Here are six essential items for any burger-maker-lover in your life—tried-and-true tools they'll use every time they fire up that grill or griddle—plus two ingredients to help make great burgers.
Here's the problem: your wife, husband, sister, significant other, brother, physician, special lady friend—whoever's on your gift list this year—loves to cook, but they've already got pretty much everything a cook could ever want.