Do you have any budding or experienced cooks in your life that love food related gifts? I remember one of my male friends being so happy one year to receive a set of very fancy pans and knives. I’ve also given a gift of cookery lesson for someone wanting to learn the art of sushi making. So in this post, I am going to explore a few more ideas of gifts suitable for the food lovers that you know and love.
These are suitable whether you are a seasoned cook or just a beginner. With books on the market that cover quite individual types of cookery to master and fine-tune skills, there really is a recipe and cookbook for everyone. Firm favourites for me are the Jamie Oliver books (there’s plenty to choose from) and also I have a love of Nigella Lawson ‘How to Eat’ which reads like a delicious storybook of her life and love of food. How about ‘Jamie Cooks Italian’ which is packed with epic recipes from the heart of Italy. Italy has such beautiful ingredients and the book covers celebration food and authentic flavours. It’s the new go-to book for joyful, humble, tasty Italian food.
Another favourite is ‘Eating Well Made Easy’ by Lorraine Pascale. Lorraine is a former supermodel turned TV baking goddess who has made eating well easy. She brings a personal touch to her healthy dishes that are perfect for busy families. This cookbook really is a great all-rounder that will work for everyone.
Personalise The Basics
Sometimes the best gift is a piece of kitchen equipment that the food-lover won’t buy for themselves and for me that calls for personalisation! A personalised recipe book for them to invent and come up with ideas and make notes in. An apron is an essential item to save your clothes. Countryside Art stock a wide range of printed aprons that can also be personalised. If they love baking then a cake tin with their name on would be a lovely touch.
I even spotted that you can have a quirky hand-drawn illustration created depicting a loved family recipe. The perfect addition to any kitchen and a lovely gift for a food lover or budding chef. The final food creation can be drawn on a plate with a title, utensils needed, all the basic essentials like garlic and butter drawn too. Each print is signed by London based illustrator Bryony Fripp.
I think tableware can be a really thoughtful gift. There are some beautiful ranges of cutlery, plates, glassware and serving dishes. I think my favourite item though would be serving boards.
You can get these in many different sizes and they are the kind of thing that really does give the finishing touch to a table. I especially love the wooden antipasti boards. Serve up antipasti, salad, bread, cheese, cooked meats. I have a selection of them, and grouped together in a kitchen they look fantastic.
Can you add any more ideas that you think I’ve missed?