Are you trying to decide what to buy for your favorite foodie for the holidays? Here are some of my favorite books and kitchen items. What's on your holiday wish list this year?
I love my beater blade! Not only does it scrape the sides and the bottom of the mixer bowl for you, it really mixes the batter better (and faster). Be sure to get the appropriate beater blade for your particular mixer model.
My Favorite Cake Pans (and baking pans in general): Chicago Metallic
I love them, so does Cooks' Illustrated.
Gets a ton more juice out than does squeezing alone, I love it.
You can use toothpicks and a regular serrated knife to split or level cake layers, but this is often even easier. And only $2.95.
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
Emile Henry Mixing Bowls
Good sizes, heavy and durable, beautiful, and super easy to wash.
I have all three sizes, they're gorgeous.
Emile Henry Pie Plates:
I especially love everything in figue.
I use this constantly to grind nuts.
Parchment Paper Rounds
Sure, I could cut out circles from my rolls of parchment paper, but when I'm baking 5 things at once with flour flying, these are a whole lot quicker!
Jesse Steele Aprons:
The cutest aprons I've ever found (though, to be honest, I usually go with the old jeans and sweatshirt covered in flour look.
Julia Child book, My Life in France (or DVD)
I just finished reading this book a few weeks ago. Inspirational.
Dorie Greenspan's Baking:
Great all-around baking book, good for all levels.
Pierre Herme Chocolate Desserts
My hero, Pierre Herme. Great inspirational cookbook, perfect for those who want
more of a challenge while baking.
Still haven't found what you're looking for? How about a gift certificate for a cooking class at King Arthur Flour (VT), Institute for Culinary Education (NYC), or Culinary Institute of America (NY, CA)? (Find more info about the ICE pastry class I took here, here, and here.) Michael's also offers cake decorating classes at most locations.