5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Le Creuset Cast Iron French Oven

It’s that time of year. Holiday shopping can be exhilarating to some, frustrating for others. If you are a foodie, or have foodies in your life, now could be a great opportunity to upgrade an old kitchen gadget, or to open up whole new worlds of culinary pleasure.

Here are some ideas, please add yours in the comments section below.

Wusthof Chef Knife1. An expensive chef’s knife. Yes, you can buy decent knives for 10 to 20 dollars. But a classic chef’s knife from Wusthof or Henckels is something you’ll be able to use for 20 years or longer on a daily basis. Cheaper knives dull much faster, and that can be a real hazard to your fingers. Prices: $100-$150.

2. Mortar and Pestle. If you’re already working with various powdered spices, now is the time to take it to the next level. Crushing whole seeds in real time as you need them provides for a much more aromatic spice than using the powdered versions that may have lost some of their strength laying about on a shelf. Prices: $10-$30.

3. A cooking class. There’s just so much you can learn from watching the Food Channel or reading recipe books. A lesson from an expert in a professional kitchen will afford you those little tips that turn an ordinary dish into a masterpiece. Check what’s available in your area, whether a single 3 hour lesson around a certain them, or a year long course, there’s nothing quite like learning from a pro. Prices can go from $50 up to thousands of dollars.

The Food Book - Lonely Planet4. Inspiring culinary books. Whether a recipe book with stories, a food themed novel, or a  history of a certain cuisine, these books usually include beautiful images and inspire you to get in the kitchen to prep something amazingly tasty. Two book we are enjoying now are the second edition of Harold Mcgee’s On Food and Cooking – The science and lore of the kitchen, and Lonely Planet’s Food Book – a journey through the great cuisines of the world. Prices: $15 – $25.

5. Cast iron cookware. Nothing says I love you more than a colorful, hernia inducing 5.5 quart Le Creuset French Oven. These works of art are HEAVY, but that’s what makes them so good at cooking food. Le Creuset cookware is not only beautiful on display, it does a great job both on the range and in the oven. Ridiculously expensive at $275, but you may be able to find slightly tainted one that work just as well for half price at outlets.

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So, what’s in your holiday wishlist?

  • Giada de Laurentiis

    Another great tip is to fart on your pumpkin pie right before you serve. It adds flavor and texture.-Hope this helps;)

  • Tar Heel Gal

    Please note!! The Le Creuset outlet stores carry first quality cast iron pieces at greatly reduced prices than kitchen/dept. stores, as well as those “slightly imperfect seconds.” I’ve got a ton (literally ;) ) of LC cast iron and never purchased anywhere except an LC outlet. Dang LC outlet is just toooo convenient to me! Their ceramic bakeware is amazing, too, Christmas shoppers!

  • Nick

    I Pooped today!!!!!!

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  • EVIL food scientist

    I have a Le Creuset enameled dutch oven and a Lodge enameled dutch oven.

    No significant difference in performance and the Lodge is 1/3-1/5th the price depending on where you shop.

    The Le Creuset stuff IS prettier, but is it 2/3-4/5th prettier? You have to judge that for yourself..