Finding the perfect gift is not always easy, but if you know someone who loves food or cooking, check out our Food Lover’s Gift Guide!
The Jersey Shore Cookbook
Get the recipes for fresh summer flavors from the boardwalk and beyond. Founder, owner, and executive editor of Jersey Bites, Deborah Smith, authored the book for which she gathered recipes from some of the best Jersey Shore restaurants from Keyport to Cape May. Recipients of this book can enjoy the best of the shore right in their own homes.
It’s like taking the FoodSaver to a whole other level. Chefs around the world have been using this technique for years to prepare food and save time. What is it? Vacuum seal the food and then cook it in the SousVide water bath. The result? Perfectly cooked food, consistent throughout. Tip: Quickly pan sear the food for extra flavor and a traditional look.
Sous Vide: Help for the Busy Cook
This cookbook, by sous vide enthusiast Jason Logsdon, is perfect for those who are new to or newly familiar with sous vide and want access to over 100 easy recipes. Plus, this book offers tips on how to make sous vide work with a busy schedule and tons of techniques and suggestions.
This bundle of joy keeps food fresh longer, helping to reduce food waste and save money. Who isn’t tired of food going bad in the fridge, freezer, or pantry? It happens to all of us. With the FoodSaver, you can vacuum seal the food and preserve it. You can also use it to marinate foods, cutting down on preparation time when it’s time to cook.
No more having to replace the burned out blender every year. Unlike many cheaper blenders, Vitamix blenders are commercial grade and built for everyday use. From soup to baking, it really is the perfect blender. While it is a bit of an investment, Vitamix products come with a 5-to-7-year full warranty.
Just Jersey is a store in Morristown selling a range of local goods from the Garden State’s best artists, designers, and specialty food purveyors. Fun and interesting items include books, food, jewelry, and kitchenware, and more, including gift boxes with assorted NJ-themed/made-in-NJ goods. If you can’t make it to the shop, go ahead and place an online order.
Bed, Bath & Beyond
It’s hard not to find something you want—and suddenly NEED—from Bed, Bath & Beyond. The famous-for-its-coupons store carries a wide range of kitchen gadgets and utensils many people probably didn’t even know existed. From pasta makers and air fryers to wine glasses and dish towels, you’re sure to find something for the foodie(s) in your life. We also love that they started selling state-specific merchandise, like this New Jersey shaped cutting board.
Monthly Popcorn Club
KingOfPop.com offers a unique popcorn lovers gift, a monthly subscription. Choose from 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Flavors are specific to the month and include a variety of flavors like cookies and cream, buffalo, peanut butter cup and pumpkin pie. Wow! If your foodie doesn’t like popcorn, check out the brand’s other sites, gourmetgiftbaskets.com, cheesecake.com, and strawberries.com.
De Buyer Swing Mandoline
Many home cooks are beginning to use this French kitchen tool to impress their guests with perfect cuts. Use the Swing Mandoline for hard fruits and vegetables to get slices, round slices, waffle cut, mesh cut, and Julienne cut. Available on Amazon.
Cuisinart Hand Blender
This tool makes life in the kitchen easier. If one needs to puree a soup, emulsify a sauce, or simply mix a mayonnaise blend, this is what they need. The hand blender is sleek and goes right into the pot. No transferring of the liquids or making a mess in a blender. And that’s not all it does! Blend, whip, chop, whisk, and carve, all with one device.
The Family Farmhouse Gift Set
This gift box is a one-stop-shopper’s dream come true. It has everything a beginner gardener needs to start growing herbs and vegetables right at home. Included is a self-watering planter, garden-in-a-can set, mushroom farm (which can start producing in just 10 days), kitchen art and a recipe book. This gift is a real winner for anyone who wants their own organic garden or to get kids involved with horticulture.