Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

We are taking a break from the regularly scheduled Friday Links to talk about gifts for your favorite chefs and foodie loved ones.  There are a few qualities that I think make a wonderful gift: thoughtfulness, utility, and creativity.  Give gifts that will become treasured pieces, and learn to understand what your friend or family member would want and use. Be thoughtful, not hasty, this Christmas.

The Handcrafted: Rustic Natural Edge Bread Boards from this one man Etsy shop are a unique but useful kitchen tool.

The Stocking Stuffer: the Microplane Grater/Zester is a perfect tool for new and seasoned cooks.  The sharp, well designed blades make easy work of citrus, ginger, and anything else.

The Delicate: these Peony Measuring Cups go far beyond the typical stainless set meshing utility with beauty.  They nest for easy storage, and are so pretty you will want to put them out on display.

The Splurge: the Staub Oval Coccette is a tool built to last a lifetime.  This cast iron twist on a traditional dutch oven is a true workhorse in the kitchen. The enamel makes a beautiful dish that is also non-stick, non-toxic, and easy to clean.  

The Cookbook: The Sprouted Kitchen, by star blogger Sara Forte has wonderful recipes focused on whole foods that nourish the body.  With beautiful photography and spot-on recipes, this gift will thrill cooks of all abilities.

Need more ideas?  Check out 2011's gift guide.

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