When it comes to my kitchen, there aren't many tools I'm lacking. Okay, sure, I'd love a meat slicer or an immersion circulator or maybe even a blast chiller ... but I'd also need a good chunk of change and a WAY bigger kitchen than the one I have. And so, I find myself satisfied by new gadets that make life in the kitchen easier, or cooler, or that allow me to perform some technique I was otherwise unable. If you've got a foodie in on your holiday shopping list, here are a few ideas:
The Inspired Cook, but you can buy online at Lee Valley Tools, or just check out the Epicurean website here. The cutting boards range in price from about $18 - $100, depending on the size. Rest assured, they're worth the investment.
The Flavor Bible, which is less of a cookbook and more of a guide to great food pairings. There are, however, a few books I think are worth checking out. One is called Ad Hoc at Home, and is written by Thomas Keller (of the famed French Laundry restaurant). Though his other cookbooks had been criticized for being too complicated for the home cook, this one is full of simple yet impressive dishes that lack nothing but tireless hours trying to interpret the instructions. You can buy it online from Chapters for just $40.
online store with oodles of exciting finds, for the foodie and beyond. Though I'm personally not much of a baker, this tool struck me as pretty neat. I mean, even the non-bakers will need to roll out pizza dough or quiche crust! It comes with three sets of removable disks that raise the rolling pin to 1/16", 1/4", 3/8", or 1/8" ensuring a uniform measurement. At just $20 (US), it's a great find.
Lee Valley Tools.
Winery-to-Home has a good variety of Ontario wines, shipped to your door from just $39/month. You can choose just one month, or several (your "QTY" is the number of months you order). The part I like best? They also have wine & cheese pairings!! It's always fun to get a new selection each month, accompanied by tasting notes from wine experts like Tony Aspler or cheese expert Kathy Guidi.
The Inspired Cook, but you mind find other retailers on Cuisinart's site.
Chapters/Indigo for just $31.
Williams-Sonoma's stainless steel breading pans. They have a lip on one side that allows them to interlock nicely, so you can set up an effiicient (and easy to clean) breading station. And, they stack for easy storage. My only complaint is the tins aren't very big, so you can really only fit food the size of one breast of chicken at a time. It's certainly not a reason not to get them ... I love how it makes the breading task mess-free, and that it's dishwasher-safe! I can't recall the exact price I paid (only US site has prices), but it was about $45 for the set (US site says $35).
Hopefully that gives you a good selection of ideas for that foodie in your home! If you're still not sure, BlogTO has a list of Toronto's 10 best kitchen supply stores. Happy shopping!