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

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By Samantha Daly
Give them the tools to become the next great chef—or at least, get them cooking with gas.
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.
Potluck Utensil Set
Keep it simple. Twelve no-frills tools for prepping your ingredients and serving your meals. Professional-quality construction for years of reliable use. This tightly-curated set has you covered for countless kitchen tasks, but doesn’t include anything that you won’t use. It’s just right.
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food
Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman's...
Falcon Enamelware Prep Set
Food prep set from Falcon Enamelware. Available in Pillarbox Red, Pigeon Grey or Coal Black. Gloss finish. Embossed branding at bottom. Porcelain enamel fused onto heavy-gauge steel. Dishwasher and oven safe up to 530°. Burn-resistant material. Set features five bowls and one colander.
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 J.A. Henckels 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).
W&P Design Spice Grinder
When it comes to cooking with spices, the most aromatic and flavorful approach is to grind a small amount of whole spices just before cooking.  W&P's handheld porcelain grinder is a stylish, tactile alternative to electric grinders, allowing you to carefully control the fineness of your...
Material The Trio Knife Set
The Trio. The Almost 4” Knife, The Serrated 6” Knife, and The 8” Knife—who needs a 12-piece set when you’ve got the holy trinity? All three offer the same superior strength, resilience to corrosion, and razor sharp performance that practically does all the cutting, slicing, and dicing for you.
Brightland Awake Olive Oil
Made with hand-picked heirloom Coratina olives and harvested early by a master miller onsite, this olive oil from Brightland is complex, bright, sharp, and full of polyphenols and antioxidants for an overall well-being boost. ...
Chef'n FreshForce Magnetic Can Opener
Say goodbye to the days of fishing for a loose lid and risking a cut finger—this can opener comes with a magnetic end that effortlessly removes the jagged metal.  ...
MINNA Modern Cotton Apron
MINNA's new Spring inspired collection includes all of your kitchen staples - napkins, towels, oven mitts, potholders, and aprons!  Grab everything in the same color, or mix and match colors and stripes to liven up your kitchen.Features an adjustable loop tie for around the neck, a pocket, and...
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.
La Boîte Modular Magnetic Walnut Spice Rack
Build your own spice shelf. Build the spice shelf of your cumin's dreams—La Boîte, the spice experts, aficionados, and masters—have devised a genius system for storage (and display!). Walnut cubes perfectly fit La Boite's spice jars and, get this, magnetize to each other.
Alessi Mami Casserole With Lid
Since graduating from the University of Florence in 1978, Stefano Giovannoni has worked out of Milan as an interior and industrial designer and architect.
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 Cookbook
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 Rechargeable Lighter
You light me up.   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.
FiveTwo Essential Knives - Set of 3
Our Five Two knives have handles that are good-looking enough to steal the whole show—but that’s just the beginning.  After 4,500 community members weighed in, we reimagined your regular slicers and dicers as three indispensable blades: a classic chef’s knife that’s your all-around MVP, a...
Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill
Grill your favorite foods to perfection year-round with our exclusive Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill, which features two interchangeable grilling surfaces, infrared technology and a drip-tray design that result in up to 97% less smoke than conventional indoor electric grills.  The efficient...
Magnus Design Mortar and Pestle in Carrara Marble
Better than a blender.   Carved from white marble, this mortar and pestle is a useful investment and statement piece for any gourmand.
Dining In Cookbook
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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