34 Gifts for Your Amateur-Chef Friend Who’s Looking to Level Up Their Cooking Game

34 Gifts for Your Amateur-Chef Friend Who’s Looking to Level Up Their Cooking Game

Give them the tools to become the next great chef—or at least, get them cooking with gas.

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Instant Pot Ultra
You loved home-cooked meals but have limited time to make them. A programmable cooker, like an Instant Pot, allows you to throw all your ingredients in, press a few buttons and come home to a delicious, hot meal without you needing to stand over a stove.
Kinto Kakomi Ceramic Rice Cooker, 1.25QT
A petite pot for your fluffy grains.  This petite clay rice cooker is just the right vessel for about 4 servings of perfectly steamed rice.
How to Cook Everything: Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition
The ultimate kitchen companion, completely updated and better than ever, now for the first time featuring color photos. For twenty years, Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything has been the definitive guide to simple home cooking.
Lavatools Javelin Cooking Thermometer
The Lavatools Javelin cooking thermometer is designed to help you become a better cook – even if you're a master chef.
Gefu Vegetable & Fruit Prep Tool
Slice in the fast lane. You can finally say goodbye to tedious food prep, because this nifty gadget is about to save you a lot of time in the kitchen. Berries, cucumbers, baby potatoes, mushrooms—this razor-sharp beaut can handle it all (yes, even tomatoes!).
Zwilling Stainless Steel & Silicone 3-Piece Cooking Utensil Set
The magic number.  When it comes to food prep and serving, these sleek German-designed tools don’t mess around. Here in a can-do set of three, they include a spatula, serving spoon, and slotted turner (it’s aces at flipping bacon, we might add).
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
Take the guesswork out of cooking and achieve the perfect medium-rare steak every time with the world's smallest and smartest sous vide (pronounced sue veed).
Material The Trio of Knives
Just the right size, just the right weight, just what you need. A trio of high-performance knives, made from cryogenically-tempered Japanese stainless steel and high carbon making them meticulously sharp and incredibly resilient.
Victorinox Swiss Army Swivel Knife Block With Tablet/Cookbook Stand
From the creators of the Swiss Army knife comes this multifunctional knife block that features 13 slots on one side, and a ledge on the other that's perfect for propping up iPads or cookbooks. It all rests on a 360-degree swivel base, making it easy to switch between your tools and recipes.
Alessi Mami Casserole
Since graduating from the University of Florence in 1978, Stefano Giovannoni has worked out of Milan as an interior and industrial designer and architect.
Microplane Herb Mill & Stripper
Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme.  You can give your knives and cutting boards the day off (they’ve earned it, after all): This mill and stripper will whiz through your sage and cilantro like *snaps* that.
Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Mellow is the first sous-vide machine designed around a busy home cook's day: it combines the technology to make jaw-dropping food with a 30-second setup, an in-app assistant chef, and built-in refrigeration.
Zwilling Twinsharp Stainless Steel Handheld Knife Sharpener
Gain an edge. A honing steel won’t make a dull blade any sharper, but it’s an indispensable tool for keeping a well-maintained knife’s edge in tiptop shape between sharpenings (more on how honing works here).
Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Skillet (Set of 2)
The total package.  In the words of our co-founder Amanda Hesser, "Many nonstick pans are appealingly affordable but not at all visually appealing.
Blomus PUNCTO Kitchen Timer
Bake your cakes and roast your roasts for just the right amount of time with the Blomus PUNCTO Kitchen Timer.  This petite timer is programmable by the minute, up to an hour.
JK Adams Wall-Mounted Pot Rack With Shelf
How’s it hanging? This rack is giving us room to stretch out once again thanks to its 3-foot-wide shelf and hooks aplenty for pots, pans, and lids (six of ‘em, to be exact).
Roostmade Organic Cutting Board Care Set
Wooden cutting boards are true superstars in any kitchen, but even they need a little care and attention every now and then.  Thankfully, this all-natural set has everything we need to care for our most-loved tools.
Fuego Box Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription
It’s getting hot in here, all year. Fuego Box has searched high and low to collect quality craft and small-batch hot sauces from all over the world—and now you can enjoy their bounty year-round. Your subscription will include 4 quarterly shipments of the best hot sauce you’ve never heard of....
California Living + Eating: Recipes Inspired by the Golden State
California: Living + Eating is a glorious celebration of Californian food, looking at its history and origins and journeying through the state's varied landscape, from Sonoma's rolling vineyards to the deserts of Palm Springs, via the foodie hotspots of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Gefu Digital Radio Roast Thermometer
Roastess with the mostest.  Meet the roast thermometer that takes precision cooking to the next level. Real time updates on the temperature are sent to a handheld screen by radio, which you can preset according to the type of meat and how well-done you want it. And when it reaches the target...
Philips Premium Digital Airfryer XXL With Fat Removal Technology
Philips brings exciting innovation to healthy airfrying with its largest, most powerful Airfryer ever. Like its smaller siblings, this cleverly designed machine uses patented heat circulation to quickly fry food to crispy, golden brown perfection – using little or no oil.
USB Lighter Company Rechargeable Lighter
We all love to have a lighter handy for candles, incense, birthdays, and the like. And no matter which one you may have on hand, this rechargeable wonder is sure to be an upgrade. It’ll give you up to 300 uses on a single charge from your USB port, and—bonus—it’s completely butane-free.
Food52 Five Two Essential Knives
Our Five Two knives have handles that are good-looking enough to steal the whole show—but that’s just the beginning.  Our Five Two knives have handles that are good-looking enough to steal the whole show—but that’s just the beginning.
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes
All 125 recipes in this cookbook have one thing in common—they’ll make even the most oven-phobic or restaurant-crazed person want to stay home and cook.  Alison Roman’s ingenuity will keep seasoned cooks intrigued, while her warm writing makes the recipes practical and approachable enough for...
Alessi T-1000 Spoon Rest
Designed to look like the two pools of mercury the villain T-1000 melts into in Terminator 2, this spoon rest is anything but ordinary.

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