Five Gifts for Food-Lovers, France-Lovers, and Cooks —In Stock Now

Greetings! This year, to make your lives easier, I’ve whittled down my list of top favorite gifts for lovers of France. Better yet, these five gifts are all in stock, and can ship to arrive before Christmas (as of today, Monday, December 18). I hope you find this list useful—it’s full of things that any cook would love to own.

1. The Braiser, of Course

If the best cook in your life doesn’t own a braiser, be a hero and get them one! My favorite braiser is the Le Creuset Braiser; however, it’s pricey. A really good inexpensive version is the Lodge Braiser. I can’t say enough about these wonderful pans (and if you don’t know why you need one, here’s what they’re all about.

2. Stainless Steel Cheese Knife Set

The artisan cheese lover in your crowd truly deserves this beautiful set! I love the way there are different kinds of knives—for slicing super-hard parmigiano-reggiano cheese, super-soft époisses, and everything in between. Love this set! And while you’re at it, get that cheese lover a complementary gift of Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags to help keep those lovely artisanal cheeses in tip-top condition.

3. Cuisinart 10-Inch Crepe Pan
I maintain that you don’t really have to have a crepe pan to make crepes…but, less-experienced cooks will appreciate having one. That’s because their shallow sides let you get under the crepe and flip it more easily than in a regular skillet.

And crepe pans aren’t just for crepes: I’ve used mine for an omelet pan, as well as for grilled cheese sandwiches.

Bundle this gift with this little silicon spatula—it’s great for getting under those crepes for a super-easy flip.

The crepe-lover on your list will be very grateful—and might even make you some crêpes. Talk about a win-win!

I won’t call these “steak knives,” because you’ll use them for everything from chicken to pot roast to pizza. It’s the French way.

4. Serrated French Dining Knives

Everything from chicken breasts to pot roasts to pizza cuts better with a serrated knife, and that’s why the French use serrated knives at the table for just about everything except fish. So while these might be classified as “steak knives,” once you start using them for everything else, you’ll wonder why you’ve been using flat-edged table-knives for so long.

Plus, unlike many steak-knives, these are elegant looking–not those big-bulky things that you’d use to cut into a half-a-side of beef (though they do work beautifully for any kind of steaks.

Seriously–I can’t imagine serving most of the things I cook without these knives.


5. Fleur de Sel: A Great French Stocking-Stuffer

If you need just one more nice gift to round out your a gift for the cook in your life, give them a box of Fleur de Sel. I once interviewed chefs about why they love Fleur de Sel; “You can taste the sea in it!” said one. “It tastes more ocean-y,” said another. Indeed, Fleur de Sel, a natural, flaked sea salt, really does something remarkable to foods. It’s a great finishing touch, but I also simply love sprinkling it on meats before roasting–I love the way it won’t entirely melt into a roast chicken, for example, giving a little bit of texture and pop of flavor to the bird.


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PS: Last week, my cookbook went out of stock on Amazon … when this happens around Christmas, it can be disheartening, as Christmas sales are key! But….happily, I just checked, and they have 8 left in stock (as of today—December 18, 2017). Who knows how long they’ll last, but if you wanted one for gift-gifing, I thought I’d let you know they’re back (for a time, anyway). They also have some books in stock on Barnes & Noble, so head there if Amazon is out.

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