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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:16 PM

What is the best gift for the new cooks and bakers on your list?

I'm thinking in the range of $30 +/-

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Reply What is the best gift for the new cooks and bakers on your list? (Original post)
hedgehog Nov 2012 OP
cbayer Nov 2012 #1
Glassunion Nov 2012 #7
cbayer Nov 2012 #8
Glassunion Nov 2012 #9
Fortinbras Armstrong Nov 2012 #15
noamnety Nov 2012 #2
HappyMe Nov 2012 #3
no_hypocrisy Nov 2012 #4
Warpy Nov 2012 #5
pinto Nov 2012 #6
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #10
Warpy Nov 2012 #11
gkhouston Nov 2012 #12
mtnester Nov 2012 #13
hedgehog Nov 2012 #14
Tab Nov 2012 #16

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:38 PM

1. A good chef's knife if they don't have one.

It's the most basic and important tool in my kitchen (in that price range).

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Response to cbayer (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:10 PM

7. I second that

A good Chet's knife goes a long way.

Do not fall for the name brand cutlery. The steel is very hard and difficult to sharpen. They do hold their edge for a long time, but they are difficult to maintain.

Also do not fall for the big box store knife sets like Faberware, etc... The metal is too soft. They dull very quickly. Not to mention they rust and pit instantly.

You should google "restaurant supply" and can find good cutlery there. A nice Victorinox 10" Chef Knife is incredible. It can be picked up for about $28, and I'd choose it over any $200 Henkels or Wüsthof any day of the week. They sharpen in a flash, hold their edge and live forever.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:22 PM

8. Agree. I just bought Victorinox knives from a restaurant supply store in West LA and

I am extremely happy with them.

It has completely changed my approach when I cook and I am taking very, very good of them.

I bought 4 - a chef's, 8 in carver, paring and an angled bread knife. Also a stone and some oil.

Could not be more pleased, but the chef's knife is by far my favorite and the one I use daily.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:37 PM

9. I have a block of Henkels that I'm working on getting rid of.

I never use them.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:11 PM

15. I'll take them.

I'll even pay for the postage. Send me an e-mail to my account.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:01 PM

2. A stick blender is handy.

I love mine!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:04 PM

3. A subscription to

FoodNetwork magazine - $18. Set of good quality measuring spoons and cups, nice kitchen towels and oven mitts.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:06 PM

4. An array of herbs and spices.

Say you could get 10 varieties at $3 each like basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, paprika, majorum, etc.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:17 PM

5. Silpat baking sheets

Ice cream scoops of various sizes for drop cookies, muffins, pancake batter, and even ice cream.

A really good veggie peeler. I have one with a rotating head, Good Grips, and I love that thing. Get a good wood or bamboo cutting board to go with it.

A pepper mill. Freshly ground pepper can be a real revelation.

I'd tend to avoid a $30 chef's knife unless it's one of the cheap MACs. However, you can get a decent bread knife for that.

A seed mill for grinding whole spices.

A small rice cooker.

A Danish dough whisk.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:48 PM

6. I'll second a good chef's knife. Plus the latest 'Joy of Cooking'.

A good knife is essential. It's the one tool I *really* take good care of in the kitchen. And a good one will last a long, long time.

The other is a classic start on all things cooking.

If you have to choose one or the other price wise, I'd go for the knife.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:51 PM

10. The very best chef's knife you can buy with that $30.

Others have said this already. I am echoing their sentiments.

In your kitchen, you use your sink and counters, your refrigerator, and your stove. Every time you cook. The only other tool about which that can be said is a good knife.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:37 PM

11. I disagree

If you're going to treat someone to a chef's knife, take their hands with you. The best knife in the world is going to sit in a drawer if it doesn't feel right in a cook's hands.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:53 PM

12. A good electronic scale. n/t

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:55 PM

13. Aside from all of the above suggestions, a set of plunger style measuring cups are worth their

weight in gold...once you take the "plunge" you will never want to use other cups for wet ingredients like mayo, lard, oils, etc. But them as a gift, get a second set for yourself from "santa"

or ones like this:



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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:18 PM

14. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:35 PM

16. If a baker, a copy of How to make Artisan Bread in 5 minutes

(or something like that).

I agree with a good knife, though I don't know how good a one you can get for $30. But the book on artisan bread is great. I did it all last year. No mixer, no kneading, no formed baking pans, 15 minutes to set up the dough originally, then when you want to use it, just 5 minutes in the morning (plus baking time).

If I'm up to it (have medical issues) I'll do it again this winter.

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