Gift Ideas for Cooks
It’s a good possibility that any chef in your life already has Kitchen Confidential – and if they don’t, that should probably be the first item on your list. But if they’ve already indulged in the prose stylings of Anthony...
It’s a good possibility that any chef in your life already has Kitchen Confidential – and if they don’t, that should probably be the first item on your list. But if they’ve already indulged in the prose stylings of Anthony Bourdain, perhaps they’d like to try Ruth. Ruth Bourdain, the culinary mash-up of Bourdain and Ruth Reichl and winner of the James Beard award for Humor, also has a book to her credit. Comfort Me With Offal is filled with musings on “food history to dining etiquette to matters of taste”, all in the style of Reichl with the mind-set of Bourdain.
There’s also A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories, a different sort of cookbook from April Bloomfield. The book “combines exquisite food with charming narratives on Bloomfield’s journey from working-class England to the apex of the culinary world”.
Just as ties are the ubiquitous go-to gift for the men in your life, so too can a good knife be for the chefs. And Portland-based Shun Knives are some of the best around.
For the game-loving chef, there’s the Foodie Fight Trivia Game, with tons of questions on all sorts of culinary topics, including etiquette, food history, celebrity chefs and much more. There’s also a Wine Wars version, too.
Know any NPR-loving chefs? Then they just might like this NPR Baking Apron.
Speaking of NPR, Weekend Edition recently aired a story on a long-used kitchen item: “Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle”. If the foodie in your life doesn’t already have one, you might want to get thee to a kitchen shop.
Got any bacon lovers on your list? (What are we saying – of course you do.) There are all sorts of bacon-related gifts, including novelty items like Bacon Earrings, Bacon Bandages, and even a Bacon Wallet, over at BaconFreak.com.
And last – but certainly not least – any working chef needs themselves a good pair of super-comfy and durable shoes. You can find all sorts of styles and colors over at Clogs-N-More.