All the holiday gift guides have me salivating over various things in my life I have decided I just HAVE to have. I don’t think you need to hear about my new obsession with jumbo hot rollers (how old school of me!) and how I may die if I don’t procure myself a set, so I will stick with foodie stuff. A lot of the items below I own, some of it I wish I did, all of it makes good gifts for the foodie/chef/impossible person to buy for in your life.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain: Yes, it is a few years old, but it is still one of the best books I have ever read on cooking, restaurants and on life. “Tony Bourdain is a huge asshole”, my beloved friend B once pointed out to me. “You know I love assholes”, was my response. A fantastic read, even for those non-foodies in your life.
Jessie Steele French Hostess Apron: Because everyone should feel a bit naughty in the kitchen. I have one covered in cherries; enough said.
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman: He is self taught and smart. His recipes are easy to follow, even for a novice. Everything under the sun is in here, from bread and muffins, to pheasant. He is, in one word, awesome.
Digital meat thermometer: When you care enough to say, “I don’t want you to get dysentery from undercooked chicken”.
Immersion Blender: I could not love mine more. Making soups has never been easier. I am not one for hundreds of gadgets, but this is worth every inch of space it takes up.
Penzey’s Spices: These gift sets are a great idea. The 8-piece herb set and the Indian curry set speak to me, but there is something there for everyone.
Henckle’s 6″ Chef Knife, Wide Blade: I heart this knife more than my boobs. Almost. It fits in your hand perfectly, doesn’t weigh too much, and has a clean, sharp cut. This and a bread knife are the only knives I use in the kitchen.
Le Creuset 5 1/2 Quart Dutch Oven: This is classic and I covet it so. It is the one thing I think is truly missing from my kitchen, but sadly, I do not want to harvest my eggs to buy it. I bet your Mom would love it, though!
KitchenAid Stand Mixer: Everyone who gets married gets one of these. I am considering taking in an illegal and helping them get their greencard for the sole purpose of obtaining this. Getting married is such a freaking racket. I deserve nice things, too!