I have a tiny home here in New Orleans. If I’m being honest, my house is mostly kitchen. “Come hang out in the kitchen!”… words that always come out of my mouth when friends come over. It’s there I’ll make you a Rum and Root Beer (yea… delicious), you thumb through cookbooks I have on my kitchen counter, and we’ll talk about life, bagels, boys, and chocolate. It’s a good life.
It’s that time of year where we show gratitude for one another with tokens and gifts. Pretty sweet. I’ve compiled a few of my kitchen-centric gifts for giving. I hope you gift and gather and smile wide about it.
Let’s Hang Out In The Kitchen, Gifts For Giving:
1 • A Baker’s Dozen Wooden Spoons. We cooks have a thing with spoons. There.Are.Never.Enough. These beautiful spoon set from Food52 is super special and swoony.
2 • The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book is that cookbook you buys as a gift, give, an then wish you would have kept for yourself. What I’m saying is, buy two copies. I type from experience.
3 • Oyster shucking setup including glove, knife, and book! For your food-friend that has just about every kitchen gadget under the sun, this is a sweet gift set. Maybe throw in a bag of really good oysters too? Or is that too much. Champagne. Add champagne.
4 • A very sweet book about gatherings. Casual and comfortable. The Yellow Table Cookbook
5 • Carry On Cocktail: give the gift of air mixology.
6 • The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion Cookbook is a fantastic kitchen bible. It’s one of those cookbooks you let in your life and never let go of.
7 • Engraved Cocktail Muddler because WHY would you want your friends without one of these?
8 • Good quality baking chocolate is ALWAYS a good idea! If someone gifted me baking chocolate I’d hug them around the neck (That’s a good thing.)
9 • Help me, help you. It’s my book! Homemade Decadence. I made it for you and your baking friends.
10 • I’ve got a new coffee system going in my kitchen. It involves a Coffee Drip Kettle.
11 • Guittard Cookbook. With chocolate, a chocolate cookbook!
12 • Very Good Red Handled Kitchen Knives are fancy, and expensive, and totally a mega-gift and investment.
13 • Bottle Stock Corkscrew because we like nice things in our kitchen.
14 • Coffee Drip Scale and Timer for our new coffee ritual. See also 10 and 18.
15 • A food photographers dream: Marble Slab.
16 • Reclaimed Wood Magnetic Grabber for good-looking, visible kitchen storage. This is where the fancy knives live. Kitchen show-off.
17 • Four Barrel Coffee Subscription Coffee. Monthly coffee. Really, very good, monthly coffee. This gift subscription is like gold.
18 • 6-cup Chemex Coffee Maker. It’s a very pleasing way to make and enjoy coffee. See also 10 and 14.
19 • Flour Water Salt Yeast Cookbook. For the serious baker with bread in their brain.
Happy Holidays. Also… I didn’t use the word ‘foodie’ even once… so, you’re welcome.