A gift guide for cooks

If you are looking for ideas of what to buy for the cooks you love (or if you want to drop some hints), look no further. I’ve packaged up some of my favourite combos of tools. Be assured these are all tried and tested by yours truly.

How buying from this list helps

If you buy these bits of kit through the UK and US Amazon links below, the price you pay doesn’t change, but I get paid a small fee. This helps fund the time I spend blogging and recipe testing and keeps my class prices down. I will never ever recommend anything I don’t love, even if I’m offered a fortune!

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  1. Something salty. This adorable Salt container – to keep your salt near your food prep area. This is pretty enough to carry to the table too. That’s what we do anyway. I think this plus a box of Maldon salt is a pretty lovely gift.
  2. Something juicy. How about a brown paper bag filled with lemons, oranges and limes with this Microplane zester and juicer. Perfect for your recipient to add brightness to their winter cooking and juice to their cocktails.
  3. Tear-free chopping. A knife sharpener (to avoid cuts from a blunt knife) and my famous Onion goggles will keep mascara and fingers in place.
  4. Bring a bottle. Instead of just bringing a bottle, add a set of these vintage style coupe glasses to a bottle of fizz to turn it into a lovely gift.
  5. Let them eat cake. Buy one of these gorgeous vintage-style jadeite cake stands and make or buy a cake to sit on top of it. I use this stand to hold my fruit when I’m being more virtuous. It also means I don’t need to worry about storing it.
  6. Pesto lover. Grab a supermarket basil plant, a bottle of olive oil, a wedge of Parmesan and wrap them up in brown paper along with this mini food processor and pepper grinder. A mini silicone spatula will help too. If you are feeling flush, splash out on a full size food processor instead of the mini chopper.
  7. Cheesy. We were bought a set of these French cheese knives when we got engaged. We bring them out at every party and they are just gorgeous. Give them along with a wedge of good cheese, a jar of chutney and some posh crackers.
  8. Book lover. These are my top books from 2015. Jamie’s Everyday Superfood, Simply Nigella, Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite and A Lot On Her Plate. Give them all, or one or two and make a cook very happy. My all time favourite books are here.
  9. A cooking lesson with me. Contact me and I can create a gift voucher for someone you love.
  10. Or make your own bundle from my essential kit list.