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Holiday gift guide for the chef in your circle

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Is there a home chef on your gift list? It’s a lot of fun to shop for someone who appreciates the bliss of creating home-cooked meals. Whether they are just beginning, or are already good enough to open up their own bistro, you’re sure to find something yummy on this holiday gift guide for the chef in your circle.

Indian Spice Box


In India, women carry their own spices with them, much the same way a head chef in America carries and uses his own kitchen knives wherever he goes to cook. An Indian spice box is an aluminum sealed container that traditionally holds the seven spices that comprise Masala Dabba, but your friend can store any spices they want. Your gift recipient will certainly appreciate the culture and care that is behind this unique chef’s gift.

Pressure Canner

Most chefs dream of canning their own fresh vegetables and fruits for convenient use any time of year. A pressure canner utilizes technology to make the tricky process of canning just a little easier. Its dual function as both a pressure cooker and a canner helps save storage space in your recipient’s kitchen.

Sushi Kit

For daring home cooks, making sushi is a feat worth trying. Sushi can be made with vegetables or with seafood, so even vegetarian chefs will enjoy receiving this deluxe sushi kit that comes complete with a cookbook and enough ingredients to make 125 pieces of sushi. Even after the ingredients are gone, the special sushi making tools will last a lifetime.

Anti-Fatigue Mat (https://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Waterproof-Sultans-Linens-Espresso/dp/B01D9AA2XW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1481664025&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=kitchen+mat&psc=1)

Standing in the kitchen making meals for hours is hard on the feet. Show your chef friend how much you care with the gift of an anti-fatigue mat. The one featured is easy to clean, skid resistant and waterproof, three additional qualities your cooking kin is sure to appreciate!

Food Processor

This food processor beats any others on the market. The Breville Sous Chef is sturdy, beautiful, and powerful enough to handle any task your brilliant cook requires it to perform.

Toaster Oven

Even top chefs don’t always need or want to use energy heating up a giant oven. Enter the Breville Smart Convection Oven, which heats up to 450 degrees, unlike most other toaster ovens on the market. With its auto shut-off feature, the chef in your circle can produce tasty dishes that are never over-cooked.

Cookbook

Your chef will salivate over Julia Child’s 2-volume masterpiece cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This is the set of cookbooks that will finally make your chef’s cookbook collection complete.

Cooking Videos

The modern chef is sure to venerate the talents of Martha Stewart. Martha spent years bringing the best of life’s culinary creations to the television screen, along with a series of guest chefs. Give this DVD set to your chef friend so they can put their feet up and watch someone else cook for a change!

Kitchen Knives

The main tool of any chef is the kitchen knife, and one of the best brands out there is Wustof. This 18-piece set is bound to send your friend straight to the kitchen to try them out!

The best part of giving your chef friend one of these amazing gifts is that they’re sure to thank you with something edible and delicious! As Julia Child would say, “Bon Appetit!”

Kate Supino is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing her research and experience with readers everywhere. She lives in sunny South Florida.