Gifts for the Cook

Microplane Grater

That the Microplane was originally designed for woodworking explains its toughness. That most people use it to grate lemons, parmesan, and everything in between is a testament to its usefulness. Some complain about single use tools, but this one is worth it.
$12
Available from Amazon

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Tovolo King Ice Cube Tray

This ice cube tray remains one of my best purchases this year. They’re not just a novelty, either, as their gargantuan size means less surface area and slower melting for a chilled but not dilute drink. Perfect for the scotch or whiskey drinker in your life.
$9
Available from Amazon

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Wild Fermentation

Lactobacillus is but one of the microbial allies that Sandor Katz discusses in his tome to fermentation. An excellent guide for anyone interested in making their own sauerkraut, yogurt, or other live cultures. It also offers a wonderful way of getting kids interested in the science of food.

$16
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Fermentation Pot

A perfect accompaniment to Wild Fermentation is this 10L fermentation pot designed for easy production of sauerkraut. After that all you need is salt and cabbage.

$90
Available from Amazon

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Thermapen Instant Thermometer

Cooking, at its simplest, is the application of heat. The Thermapen instant thermometer gives you greater insight and control of that heat. It is a perfect tool for those tinkering with cooler sous-vide, or the grill master interested in the perfect sear.

$90
Available from Amazon

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Cooks Illustrated

There is no better gift for a cooking enthusiast than a subscription to Cooks Illustrated. Purveyors of timeless cooking advice, thoroughly tested tool reviews, and fool-proof recipes, this is the gift that will keep on giving (as long as you’re around for the taste testing).
$26 for a year’s subscription
Available from Amazon