|Grow your own mushrooms, under $20|
|Smoking Gun from Williams-Sonoma, $99|
|Cheesemaking Kit, $25|
|Culinary Torch from Crate and Barrel, $39|
|Mozza Cookbook, $22 on Amazon|
|Food Saver, kits start at $98|
|Sous Vide, starts around $300|
|Anything Le Creuset|
|Slate cheese platter, available at various retailers. |
Try Crate and Barrel, starts at $10 and cheese knives.
|Food and Wine Subscription|
|Any excellent knife, try Bob Kramer|
|Cooking Class gift certificate, try Hipcooks|
|Michael Wainwright Amalfi Collection|
Serving pieces also make great gifts for anyone who likes to cook at home and entertain. Michael Aram makes gorgeous pieces, Crate and Barrel also has a great selection at an affordable price (I like the Classic Century Collection), but if you're feeling especially spendy, Michael Wainwright is phenomenal.
|Olive Oil- available here and here|
|Image from Bonjour- Celine|
Good olive oil and good balsamic vinegars are wonderful gifts and their flavors make such a difference than just ok oils/vinegars and are such versatile ingredients. Dried artisan pastas and sauces, fine teas, good hot chocolate mix (and just good chocolate) and marshmallows made with care are also a great way to go.
I've discussed some dislike of gift cards in the past, but this is another exception- a gift card to a restaurant the recipient has been wanting to go to. This does not mean picking up a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen at Ralph's= bad gift giver and shame on you! A few great LA restaurants that would be wonderful gift certificates to receive are along the lines of Hatfield's, Jar, Mozza, Fig and Olive (my visit here), Scarpetta, Providence (we got a gift certificate here for our wedding and I can't wait to go!), Cut, Melisse, The Hungry Cat, Rustic Canyon, Church and State, Angelini Osteria, Rivera, Ink, anything Suzanne Goin- AOC, Luques, and Tavern - are a few that would make you the family favorite for sure! It's hard to cut that list short, so if you need more suggestions, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help find a good option for you.