We all have at least one foodie friend or family member who goes nuts over all things gastronomic, whether it be five-star restaurant cuisine, excellent vinos, or cooking up divine dishes at home. Here at UJ we’re self-confessed gastro-geeks, so we’re always on the lookout for cool culinary-related goods. With the holidays coming up, we thought this would be the perfect time to put together the ultimate foodie wish list. From must-have cookbooks to kitchen gadgets and interactive cooking classes, these are some great gift ideas for foodies.
Portable Electric Grill
Perfect for city slickers, this lightweight portable electric grill lets BBQ lovers grill up a storm on the balcony, in the backyard, or at a picnic in the park. The advanced ventilation system means you only need a small amount of charcoal to get the perfect temperature. Once the charcoal is burning, there is little to no smoke, which means you could even bring this baby inside. Added bonuses include a double-walled design that makes it cool to the touch and dishwasher-safe components.
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
This year we lost Anthony Bourdain, one of the most beloved chefs and food writers on the planet. Appetites was the last cookbook he put out before he passed, and an essential addition to any foodie’s cookbook collection. Unlike his previous cookbooks, this one is raw, funny, and super accessible, much like the icon himself. Recipes include dishes that he and his family adored like Portuguese squid and octopus soup, veal Milanese, and classic roast chicken with lemon and butter.
What foodie wouldn’t love a set of professional-grade knives engraved with a name or message? Knives Engraved offers a great range of knives for chefs and home cooks alike including world-renowned brands like Miyabi Kaizen, J.A. Henckels, and Victorinox. You can opt for kitchen knives, presentation steak knives, and even folding knives, all with special diamond engraving. Even better, they offer free shipping and engraving on all knives and a 20% discount for orders of five or more.
Every cook, whether aspiring or advanced, needs a place to keep their recipes. This stylish recipe journal is the just the place to jot down flashes of inspiration and beloved dishes passed down through the generations. It includes tons of helpful tips like measurement equivalents and wine pairings, recipe pages with sections for ingredients, prep time, and directions, a handy pocket for clippings, and an elastic band to make sure everything stays in its place.
Vino lovers know how important it is to let wine breathe to bring out the best flavours. But who wants to wait around for that first sip? Now your wine loving friends can serve the perfect pour right away with the Vintorio wine aerator pourer. The large aerating chamber lets oxygen in to instantly enhance the aromas and flavour of the wine and the ergonomically slanted shape means less spills… even after a few vinos in.
Personalised Mortar & Pestle
For the home cook with an affinity for Asian cuisines, a personalised mortar and pestle is perfect for grinding up all those spices, herbs, and pastes. This gorgeous set is made with solid acacia wood, which gives it a natural, earthy look and smooth surfaces that are super easy to clean with just soap and water. It can also be engraved with up to 25 characters, so you can add a name or a personal message to the gift recipient.
While cookbooks and cooking shows are great for learning new recipes and techniques, nothing beats hands-on instruction. Here in Singapore we have a slew of fun, interactive cooking classes for everyone from absolute beginners to professional chefs. With classes ranging from Peranakan to pastries, Italian and Indian you can pick and choose courses depending on your foodie friend’s particular tastes.
Bahama Bar Tray & Jug Set
This gorgeous bar tray and jug set by Bowerbird just screams tropical island living and makes for a great discussion piece at parties and gatherings. The ceramic tray and jug are hand-painted with an eye-catching palm print and rimmed with gold for an added touch of luxury. Great for serving cocktails, mocktails, ice tea, or even just chilled water, this is a must-have for any foodie who loves entertaining.
Healthy Snack Subscription
Give the gift of tasty, nutritious snacks every month with BoxGreen’s healthy snack box subscription service. You can choose from over 50 different varieties of all-natural savoury and sweet snacks like apple crisps, butterscotch popcorn, roasted cashews, and red quinoa crumble bars. BoxGreen will pack them up and deliver them right to the gift recipient’s door. Even better, a portion of proceeds from each box goes towards providing meals for the less privileged.
Ask any cook what ingredients they couldn’t do without, and chances are fresh herbs will be at the top of the list. But herbs only last so long in the refrigerator or out on the counter. The Herb Saver keeps herbs fresh and green for up to three weeks with an easy-to-use hydration system and clear plastic casing that allows them to breathe and prevents them from getting crushed. The convenient size also means it fits easily in any fridge door.
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