Cooking is a favorite hobby for most people all around the world and is a great way to de-stress as well. Getting lost in the process of preparing your ingredients and creating something beautiful from scratch has an allure that many find to be the best type of therapy. There are others who are so in love with the craft that they are constantly trying to improve their culinary skills and trying out new things.
If you know someone who loves to cook and serve delicious meals, then here we bring you 7 brilliant items that will make memorable and much-appreciated gifts.
#1. Mortar and Pestle :
Made from pure granite, a mortar-and-pestle set doesn’t absorb oils due to its non-porous texture, which means you can extract and retain all the essential oils from different herbs and spices. Thanks to the tapered style of the pestle, hands of every size can hold it with ease. This is a must-have tool in every kitchen that is run by someone who takes their cooking seriously. This tool has been in use for centuries to prepare ingredients for cooking and has been mentioned in the oldest surviving medical document, the Ebers Papyrus, and is also in the Old Testament.
Few fruits are as difficult to peel and cut as the pineapple. Where do you even start? The top or the bottom? The sides are thorny and not very inviting for even the sturdiest of knives. This is where a pineapple corer comes in handy. You simply slice off the top of the pineapple and insert this tool. After rotating it several times, you are presented with a perfectly sliced pineapple with minimal juice wastage. You can use the hollow pineapple shell for decorative purposes.
If someone you know loves to cook different types of pasta, especially spaghetti, then they will love this self-twirling fork that makes eating pasta easy and enjoyable. Say goodbye to the sloppy dropped-pasta splashes over your clothes. The next time your friends, who love cooking, have an Italian food dinner party, these forks are sure to be a hit.
Any cooking enthusiast or seasoned chef knows that zests can form an essential part of several recipes. A zester can be used to grate ingredients such as lemon peels, hard cheese, cinnamon, ginger and even nutmeg, to name a few. These zests can be used in cakes, soups, meat dishes and salads, among others. A microplane zester is an essential tool to have in every kitchen if you are serious about your creations. This tool comes with stainless-steel edges along with an ergonomic grip to provide the most comfortable usage possible.
#5. Creative Cookies :
Do you know someone who loves nothing more than to bake cookies in their free time? This is the type of person who’s always looking for new types of cookies to bake, whether it’s sinful chocolate cookies or light vanilla ones. They love experimenting with and improving their baking skills.
This is a gift that is especially suited for Christmas time but can be given at any time of the year. It is an ingenious cookie baking set, which comes with cookie cutters, frosting and sprinkles. It lets you create your very own ‘ugly sweater’ style cookies! The recipient of this gift can try their hand at making ‘ugly sweater’ cookies to match the ugly sweaters notoriously worn during the holiday season.
There are hundreds of books which someone who loves cooking can read. Some of the most profound cooking books are autobiographies written by world famous chefs, outlining their trials and tribulations as they struggled through every hurdle in their path in order to follow their one true culinary passion. One such book is Yes Chef, A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson. This moving autobiography sheds light on Ethiopian-born Samuelsson’s life as a child in Sweden, and how he lived through tragedy and achieved his dream of becoming a chef.
A similar autobiographical book is A Toast by British food writer, Nigel Slater who narrates his childhood years and their effect on his youth while discussing the contents of his family’s pantry, his relationship with his family and of course, good food.
Hemingway once lived in Paris with no money and the memoir of his life in the city, A Moveable Feast, will be a delightful book to read for anyone who loves good food and even better literature. Other must-read books for anyone who loves to cook are The Joy of Cooking and The Sun Also Rises.
#7. Braiser :
A deluxe braiser from one of the best-known kitchenware brands is a great investment piece for any kitchen. These pots last forever, are easy to clean and can be used in the oven and on the stovetop. The braiser can hold plenty of food and liquid and comes in a variety of colors to suit different tastes. This pot will make a great addition to any kitchen and will encourage both, budding cooking enthusiasts and seasoned chefs to make some fantastic dishes.
Anyone who loves cooking food will appreciate each of the gifts listed above. Not only do they have a functional use, they are aesthetically pleasing as well. Instead of buying the latest trendy item for the kitchen, it’s better to invest in long-lasting, quality items to last a lifetime. If you know someone who enjoys cooking delicious meals, any of these 7 gifts will be perfect for them.
Korie Cantor is a writer who writes about living and lifestyle. She possesses a great sense of style and loves to share her thoughts about fashion and it’s latest trends. Follow her @koriecantor