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Holiday Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

At Parties That Cook we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than with good food, great family and friends, and of course- gift ideas from the kitchen. Here is a list of our favorite kitchen tools, cookbooks and other budget friendly finds that will please any foodie. Best of all, everything is under $40!


Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition – $20.47

Insalata’s Cookbook – $32

ad hoc at home – $29.25

Momofuku – $23.40

Kitchen Tools

Zak The Original E-Z-ROL Garlic Peelers – $7.99

MIU 4-Piece Silicone Spatulas Set – 10.49

SotfWorks 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl – $24.99

Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan – $39.95

MIU Stainless-Steel 7-Piece Measuring Cup Set – $29.19

Cuisinart 3-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor – $39.95

Norpo 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Whisk Set – $11.46

Microplane Fine Grater – $7.95


Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl – $10.17

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn – $10.20

Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich – $10.88

Must Haves

The Sumptuous Small Plates Deck: 30 Recipes for Deliciously Fun Entertaining – $17.95

Eco Coffee Cup from Fredflare.com – $14

Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate Pot Gift Set – $39.95

Crate&Barrel 8-Piece Red and White Fondue Set – $16.95

Personalized Cooking Apron – $18

Top Chef Kitchen Tools

microplaneThis season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef may be winding down (time to flip over to American Idol), but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your gourmet aspirations. Do you have what it takes to be a “top chef” in your own kitchen? Compare and see how your kitchen equipment measures up to our list of kitchen gadget must-haves:

1.  Microplane – Perfect for zesting citrus to add bursts of flavor
2.  Bench Scraper – Ideal for cutting and scooping up foods into your pot or breaking the skin off of cloves of garlic
3.  Garlic gripper – Simplifies garlic preparation by removing the skins with a roll of the hand
4.  Knives – Any chef would be lost without a quality set of knives
5.  Instant marinater – Takes the time and energy out of marinating meats
6.  Shrimp deveiner – Makes this tedious task a snap
7.  Reamer – Perfect for getting every last bit of juice out of citrus fruits
8.  Food processor – Helps prep nearly any meal
9.  Blender – Great for mixing sauces, marinades or dressings
10.  Stand-mixer – Makes baking a breeze
11.  Silicon spatula – Ensures you are able to use all of the contents of your mixing bowl
12.  Pastry brush or marinade brush – When heat resistant, these make adding extra flavor a snap

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