gift guide 2016

What to Buy Your Favorite Home Cook

Although gourmands might be hard to shop for, we’ve gathered 15 suggestions sure to please any foodie or kitchen maven in your life — from the dining room knives and portable burners used in renowned New York restaurants to a cult wine-of-the-month club and a Hugh Acheson–curated steak set. See all the picks below.

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Peterboro Baskets

Pie Basket

Made by 162-year-old New Hampshire company Peterboro; comes with a tray insert for holding two pies.

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The Paris Wine Club

Three Cult French Wines a Month

Josh Adler scouts up-and-coming wines from French producers, three bottles of which show up a month.

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CBD Chocolates Trio (3 jars)

Just-a-Little-Bit-of-Pot Chocolate

Raw dark chocolate made with a dash of cannabidiol oil that’s totally legal.

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Caipirinha Glass Pitcher

Caipirinha Pitcher

From handblown-glass design house Ichendorf Milano. 

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Heirloom Watermelon Brandy

Heirloom Watermelon Brandy

Made from melons grown near the Charleston, South Carolina–based High Wire distillery.

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Blue Hill Steel

A Knife From Blue Hill

The same steak knife used in the restaurant’s dining room, made from salvaged farm equipment.

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Hugh Acheson’s Curated Steak Box

Steak in a Box

A Hugh Acheson–curated set that includes four Wagyu cuts of meat and a preseasoned cast-iron skillet.

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100 Oysters

100 Rhode Island Oysters

The Ninigret-based oyster farmers behind Walrus and Carpenter launched a CSA a few years ago. Pickups are at Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg and at co-owner Jules’s mother’s roof deck in Noho.

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Ember Mug

Perfect Temperature Mug

Ember can cool down hot coffee or heat up lukewarm coffee—and hold it at that temperature for hours.

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Sudden Coffee

104 Cups of Coffee

Legitimately delicious instant powder by a Bay Area entrepreneur and Finnish barista champion. (Here’s a cheaper instant coffee we also like.)

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Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer in Rose Gold

Rose-Gold Slow Juicer

Now available in rose gold, Hurom’s H-AA rotates at just 43 rpm to mimic a hand squeezing juice. Bonus: It makes ice cream. (It’s almost sold out so here are some other juicers recommended by NYC chefs.)

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Alexander Girard-designed 4-Piece Set

Four Seasons–Style Tableware

Cups from Joe Baum’s other, still-open restaurant, La Fonda del Sol. 

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Bespoke Caviar

Spend 30 minutes on the phone with a “caviar sommelier,” who will isolate your preferred roes.

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The Control Freak

Eleven Madison Park’s Portable Burner

Breville’s Control Freak is the world’s first induction cooker that can set and hold any temperature for any length of time. Eleven Madison Park uses one for frying.

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Wheelys 5 Open Source

Their Very Own Food Truck

Wheelys, the “Swiss Army knife of mobile food vending,” is basically a coffee (or juice or crêpe or ice-cream) cart on a bike, with integrated Wi-Fi, a solar roof, running water, and a gas stove.

*This article appears in the November 28, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.

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What to Buy Your Favorite Home Cook