20 Great Gifts for Your Favorite Home Cook

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November 14, 2018
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KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment, $130

Your stand mixer's not just for baking projects anymore — instead, with this clever attachment, it can pull healthy weeknight dinner duty, too.

BUY IT: Amazon

Hasselback Potato Prep Set, $13

Love the crispy edges of a hasselbacked spud, but waffle when it come to even slices? This handy gadget guides your knife so each slice is the same, skinny width and it stops you from cutting all the way to the board.

BUY IT: Sur la Table

OXO 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set, $20

For the home cook who likes precision in the kitchen, this easy-fill, easy-pour measuring set gets the job done (accurately!) and its science lab-inspired look is fun wink, too.

BUY IT: Amazon

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Serrated Santoku Knife, $15

Chrissy Teigen's Target collection (named "Cravings" after her beloved cookbooks) is filled with earthy serveware and sturdy cast-iron — but the sleeper hit is the serrated knife. It combines the easy-to-wield shape of a traditional chef's knife with the stay-sharper-longer appeal of a serrated edge, and loads of fans have given it five stars.

BUY IT: Target

Egg Fry Rings, $6

The humble B.E.C. may seem like an easy enough breakfast feat, but getting the fried egg to fit neatly within the edges of your English muffin or Kaiser roll is no simple task. Luckily, perfectly circular fried eggs (and pancakes!) are within your grasp with the help of these handy fry rings.

BUY IT: Amazon

Misen Essentials Knife Set, $130

A chef’s knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife: These are the three essential knives you need to cook like a pro. Made using easy-to-sharpen, AUS-8 steel, this set offers durability and precision at a competitive price, especially when compared to other "premium" knives on the market.

BUY IT: Misen

Kuvee Key 2-Wines Gift, $75-$85

We’ve all felt pressure to polish off a whole bottle of wine so it doesn’t turn to vinegar on our countertops. Finally, with the Kuvee Key 2-Wines Gift, you can keep multiple bottles open at the same time. For the budding sommeliers and wine connoisseurs in your life, you’ll forever be remembered as the world’s greatest gift-giver.

BUY IT: Kuvee

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $40

Stopping for drive-through breakfast sammies on the way to school or work is a ritual for many families —but the cost adds up quickly! This handy sandwich maker basically pays for itself after just two or three mornings. To use it, just choose your bread and layer on the fixings, like egg, cheese, deli meat, sliced peppers and more. Five minutes later, it pops out two perfectly golden sandwiches.

BUY IT: Amazon

T-Fal Airbake Copper Pizza Pan, $17

Burnt or soggy pizza crust has never been so far from the realm of possibility. Made with MicroDome technology to decrease baking time, T-Fal’s nonstick aluminum pizza pan is designed to cook your homemade pies more quickly and evenly than ever before.

BUY IT: Bed Bath & Beyond

OXO Glass Pour-Over Set, $50

It’s easy to excuse homebrewed coffee that's bitter and watered-down as a common, if not inevitable, dilemma, but this glass pour-over makes hand-crafted coffee a simple feat for novices. The server is double-walled to insulate heat and prevent condensation, resulting in a rich, homemade brew, hot or cold, that stays at the right temperature until you’re ready for your second cup.

BUY IT: Amazon

Fancy Panz, $20

We’d all be more keen on potlucks, tailgates and at-home entertaining if only it were easier to set up and clean up. Fancy Panz tackles that issue headlong by dressing up your disposable foil pans so they’re easy set up and pack up —and they even look great on your table!

BUY IT: Amazon

Robot Nutcracker, $29

If you’ve seen the first act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, then you’re likely to think of these kitschy nut-cracking aids as mere fragile decoration. But this 21st century version finished with a gleaming paint-job is designed to break into any nut, from the smallest hazelnut to the toughest walnut.

BUY IT: Fancy

Baking Steel, $89 to $128

Tell the master pizzaioli in your life to toss out their pizza stones, because they’ll never achieve a better crust than one that’s left to crisp up on this sturdy baking steel. It’s preseasoned, flat (and therefore easy to store) and virtually indestructible. You can pop it in the oven, heat it up over a grill or even use it as a stovetop griddle.

BUY IT: Food52

Textured Mortar & Pestle, $24

If your friends and family members are hooked on preground spices, it’s time to show them the benefits of grinding your own. Once pulverized, aromatics begin to lose their flavor and potency, so it’s worth the time and effort to do it yourself — ideally with an elegant mortar and pestle like this sturdy stoneware option. Not only is it functional, but it also makes for a stylish countertop accent.

BUY IT: West Elm

Calphalon Signature Flat-Bottom Wok, $110

Addicted to stir-fry? You’ll achieve a more even sear with this nonstick, flat-bottomed wok. Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, it's so durable that you can cook with metal spatulas, spoons and whisks — and yes, it's dishwasher-safe.

BUY IT: Crate & Barrel

Nessie Ladle, $15

Innovative kitchenware brand Ototo has given the fearsome Loch Ness Monster a serious image overhaul in the form of this whimsical ladle designed for navigating the deepest of stock pots. Avid sauciers will rejoice the 4-footed bottom — never again will your ladle tip and sink into the bubbling deep.

BUY IT: Amazon

Acacia Salt Cellar, $10

Those of you who hide frumpy boxes of salt in the pantry can start displaying your salt proudly on your countertop in this rich acacia-wood salt cellar. That way, it will always be at your fingertips. You can even use it for storing dried herbs and other seasonings.

BUY IT: Crate & Barrel

Emile Henry Flame Braiser — 3.4-Quart, $180

As we enter another winter, nothing will be of greater use come mealtime than this burgundy clay braiser. Designed to withstand high temperatures and direct heat, this elegant oven-to-table vessel will carry you through one comforting braised meal after the next.

BUY IT: Sur la Table

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender & Chopper, $76

If the cook in your life is still pureeing soup in a blender, it's time to get him or her an immersion blender. This one will puree a pot of soup in seconds and can make a smoothie for one, but it also has a chopping attachment and a whisk, so it acts as a stand-in for larger appliances. You can whip up a small amount of whipped cream or chop an onion half without using (or washing) your mixer or food processor.

BUY IT: Amazon

Food Network 5-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, $40

Mixing bowls are crucial to meal prep, but there's no reason for them to be drab or clunky. This multicolored option adds a lively touch to any kitchen — and the bowls nest for easier storage.

BUY IT: Kohl's

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