Gift Guide for the Novice Cook

TAOP Staff

The best gifts are useful, thoughtful and long-lasting. From cookbooks to cast-iron skillets to Japanese clay pots – here are 10 gift ideas that will make a lasting impression in any kitchen.


Donabe, $135

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One of Japan’s oldest cooking vessels, this clay pot – as bon appétit put it – is the one-stop pot for all your cooking needs, from rice to broths to stews.


Vitamix 5300, $360

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Easy to use for any occasion and ideal for sauces and purées.


Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain, $23

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Professional chef and globetrotting sensation Anthony Bourdain’s personal collection of recipes he believes everyone should know.


Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker, $149

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Make cooking easy, mobile, and perfect each time.


Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet, $16

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The more you use them the better they get.


Takamura R2 Gyutou Chef’s Knife, $175

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An all-purpose knife created by Takamura Cutlery – a second generation workshop highly regarded by chefs worldwide.


Microplane Classic Grater & Zester, $13

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Originally created as a smoothing tool woodworkers, the Microplane grater has since become an indispensable tool for chefs.


Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel 8-Piece Tools Set, $280

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Your basic cooking essentials.


Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler, $7

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A popular chef’s favorite for peeling made quick and easy.


Glass Prep Mixing Bowls, $25

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The perfect bowls to stay clean and organized and perfect your mise en place.