I’ve got a special place in my heart for people who love cooking and entertaining. I think people who cook are more generous souls in our lives.
My mom is one of those gracious gastronomical people. So was my dad. My mother-in-law Sue can cook for an army. It runs in my family’s blood.
They are the friends and family members who spend more time in the kitchen than most. They can cook in the kind of way that brings them joy during the process. And for most, these special cooks get even more joy when sharing their kitchen creations with others.
And for those who are lucky enough to be on the receiving end of their incredible creations, these food heroes will love any of these amazing 2021 gift ideas for cooks.
Place cut side of veggies or fruit into a food hugger to extend the life of fruit and vegetables with these Farberware Food Huggers that fit perfectly on a whole bunch of produce like lemons, tomatoes, bell peppers.
This is what smart chefs use in the kitchen to access their phone and tablet. This secure way to prop up your device while cooking above the sloppy countertop even comes with a stylist so you don’t have to goop up your screen while navigating.
Toss the baking soda, this high-tech odor eliminator purifies the air inside your fridge. The result of this super compact, easy-to-use pureAir device will extend the life of food and keep food from tasting like the fridge. Recharge every 3 weeks.
I just watched Chef Gordon Ramsay butterfly a chicken breast and cook it on a grill top inside like this. Gotham Steel makes this highly-rated indoor electric countertop grill with dishwasher-safe surfaces and even cooking with almost no smoke at all.
I have and love this smart thermometer that gives me the perfect temp on food regardless of whether using it on an outdoor grill, oven or smoker. Pair it up with your phone and the free MEATER app for effortless cook perfection.
Clean veggies, fruits, and scrub pans and other caked-on food residue once you get these. Tawashi brushes have been the go-to brushes in Japan for centuries and when you clean just one tough pan once, you’ll understand why with this set of 3 made of natural coconut fiber that does not scratch surfaces.
Got some Le Creuset dreams on a budget? Wake up to the reality of this affordable, great quality dutch oven made by Michelangelo (the company, not the artist). This 4-quart or 5-quart enamel cast iron pot with lid comes in the classic red color for a fraction of the price of the original from France.
This compact space-saving air fryer isn’t just a healthy way to make 1 quart or 1.5 pounds of great food with air instead of frying, it also is beautiful on the countertop. The mint color is shown from the four available choices.
The hot foamy milk that comes out of this Breville frother is smooth and silky. Great for making cafe-style cappuccino and hot chocolate. Lift the jug off the induction heater to pour and toss the same jug in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Serious about coffee? Outstanding engineering in a portable size lets you brew espresso anywhere. You are going to want this optional Nespresso adapter to go along with it.
The stainless steel rechargeable electric wine bottle opener with foil cutter does it all. In fact, it takes little effort to remove a cork in seconds. The maker Secura says you can expect to open up to 30 bottles per charge, but our tests far exceeded that many bottles opened on a single charge. This is a wine lover’s best friend.
No burning fingers trying to peel out stuck waffles from a flat griddle. This Cuisinart rotating 1-inch deep waffle maker is easy to handle. It browns evenly on both sides while the nonstick coating releases and cleans up easily. (Just heat up the maple syrup in the microwave or in warm water for the ultimate waffle.)
Add ice and fruit to make smoothies, frozen cocktails, yogurt dip, and blend anything on the go. I love this little BlendJet2 wonder that gets about 15+ blends on a single charge. This 16-ounce capacity is small enough to transport and big enough to custom blend whatever anyone desires.
Fully recharge in about an hour and a half. The leak-proof lid comes with a carrying strap and is available in your favorite color here online. I love to give this as a host gift which beats any boring bottle of wine or 6 pack. It’s a big hit in a little package.
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The fully automatic frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, and ice cream maker. It makes up to 2 quarts and has a unique countdown timer and auto-shutoff. The brushed stainless steel exterior and heavy-duty motor makes this a solid gift for cold sweets lovers.
The German-engineered scissors are perfect for cutting herbs. No more need to pull out a cutting board. Just grab a fist full of fresh herbs and cut with these 5 blade scissors. Toss them in the dishwasher to clean.
This easy-to-use compact cordless food vacuum sealer works with FoodSaver zipper bags and storage containers. It’ll seal up to 60 bags on a single charge. Best part is that it does not take up valuable counter space.
Berard makes exceptional quality kitchen creations including this beautiful olive wood salt keeper. Grab a box of flake salt to give with this such as my favorite Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
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