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36 Gifts For People Who Love To Eat, But Suck At Cooking

For beginners, toast-burners, and anyone who just wants to get a little better at making good food.

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1. A set of silicone cups that'll make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier. Family doesn't think they can cook breakfast? YOLK'S ON THEM!

2. A beautifully informative infographic print, which'll identify and describe herbs and spices so they can kick their food up a notch when it comes to flavor.

The poster, with images of spices, their names, and notes about them

3. A set of OXO shredding claws with handles so they can transform a store-bought rotisserie chicken into a HUGE variety of meals with ease — and without burning their fingers or getting them greasy.

Hands shredding a rotisserie chicken with the black claws

4. A nonstick ceramic Always Pan (this one's PFOA-free), because that dinner you spent valuable time on shouldn't be burnt on! This one's designed to do the work of EIGHT pieces of regular old cookware, and comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest.

The pan with shrimp etoufee, with bowls of the shrimp and rice around it

5. An Instant Pot cooker that'll (deep breath) pressure cook, slow-cook, make rice, sauté, make yogurt, steam food...and also keep their dinner warm.

A reviewer's Instant pot and butter chicken with text that says it didn't disappoint

6. And a copy of the Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook to get them started whipping up deliciousness in their new multitasking miracle.

The cover of the book

7. A handheld grater with two different-size grating blades so they can whip up the easiest and tastiest meal: cacio e pepe (aka pasta with pepper, butter, and grated cheese, plus a little reserved pasta water).

8. And a two-in-one bowl and colander set that'll let them drain the pasta without forgetting to save some of the water to add to the sauce. Instant silkiness is theirs!

The green bowl with metal colander suspended inside, with fruit being washed inside of it

9. The Flavor Bible, a cookbook and guide to creating mouth-watering combinations of ingredients, textures, and temperatures for all skill levels as they develop confidence in the kitchen. It has over 1,000 five-star reviews alone, btw!

The cover of the book with text "the essential guide to culinary creativity, based on the wisdom of America's most imaginative chefs"

10. A set of measuring spoons for those hard-to-guess amounts that'll add juuuuust the right amount of flavor.

The set of drop, smidgen, pinch, dash, and tad measuring spoons

11. A stuffed patty mold that'll help them whip up a Jucy Lucy in the comfort of home — (they won't even have to wear pants).

A cheese-stuffed burger next to the round patty mold/press

12. A Nordic Ware handy-dandy aluminum baking tray (or two), so they can try all 18,000 of those sheet pan dinner recipes they've seen with minimal effort. All that's needed is a protein + veggies + salt + oil + any seasonings they want. That is IT.

A sheet pan with salmon, potatoes, lemon slices, and asparagus on it

13. A sushi-making kit that'll help them ~roll~ like a professional. Just whip up some sticky rice, and load 'er up with fresh veggies and fish.

The kit, staged with sushi and ingredients

14. A bottle of basil olive oil to infuse their cooking, salad dressings, and more with extra herbaceous flavor with no effort at all. Next time they invite you over, you might think you're in a five-star restaurant.

The oil being drizzled on eggplant

15. A pair of herb scissors guaranteed to make them say, "Chopping skills? Who needs 'em!"

Hands using the scissors to chop scallions

16. An emulsifying bottle with a built-in blender ball for flavorful homemade salad dressings, marinades, and sauces they'll want to drizzle on everything. No more flavorless food, and no more relying on store-bought sauces.

17. BuzzFeed's Tasty Everyday Cookbook for anyone who's TIRED of recipes with too-darn-many steps. It's chock-full of one-pot, slow cooker, and other no-fuss recipes they can *actually* handle.

The cover of the book

18. A set of square rings to effortlessly make fried eggs perfectly sized for topping a piece of avocado toast. Perfect for anyone you know who loves runny yolka on Insta.

Eggs on a griddle cooking in the square rings so they fit on toast

19. An adjustable rolling pin that'll flatten dough to the uniform height of any burgeoning baker's choice — anywhere from 1/16" to 3/8". No more wonky pie crusts or cut-out cookies that don't bake evenly!

20. A heavy duty pizza stone they can also use for breads to get that deliciously fluffy, charred crust without a high heat wood fire or brick pizza oven. No matter how not-so-round their crust looks (or even if it's store-bought dough), the results will be ::chef's kiss::

A reviewer's finished pizza with five stars and text "adds so much flavor"

21. A set of five stainless steel mixing bowls with silicone non-stick bottoms, because whether they're creaming together frosting, tossing together the ingredients for a pasta salad, or whisking eggs to make a scramble, they do NOT want their hard work to end up on the floor.

Model whisking eggs in a bowl, with ingredients in the other ones

22. An air fryer so they can whip up their favorite crunchy foods (hello panko-crusted everything!) with little... or NO... added oil. It circulates air to create a perfectly browned exterior, without the danger of a giant pot of hot oil.

23. A batter-dispenser that'll make cupcakes, pancakes, and muffins 👏 perfectly uniform 👏. Ideal for anyone who spends wayyyyyy to much money eating out at brunch every weekend.

Model dispensing the batter by pulling the handle lever, to make evenly size pancakes

24. A basic but handy guide to the most important kitchen skills, from how long ingredients keep to how to plan a food budget to how to sharpen a knife.

25. A Hello Fresh gift subscription that'll basically be like a cooking class they can do at home. They can choose plan that fits their diet (including vegetarian and family plans), and they'll get allllllll the ingredients needed to prep each meal! WHILE learning how to cook!

26. A ~Fasta Pasta~ cooker for anyone who even struggles to boil water. Now they can make perfectly al dente pasta right in the microwave — no waiting for the pot to boil. Plus, the lid doubles as a strainer, so they really won't dirty any extra dishes!

The pasta maker

27. A chopper and storage set for making quick work of onions, carrots, cheese, or any other ingredient! They can use it to chop and dice with the three included blades (each with a different size grid). And when they're done, the attachments store inside the container! Easy peasy.

The chopper being used, shown as a storage container, and with the three blades

28. A tenderizer that'll make tough, flavorless meat a problem of the past.

The white tenderizer with base, with rows of needles to puncture the meat

29. A scissor slicer to make fast work of prepping produce or making the best salad e v e r. All for the price of *one* to-go salad at the fancy place near their office.

30. The Goodful by Cuisinart One-Top, an all-in-one induction cooktop with temperature tracking to take the guess work out of your recipe. What heat setting does "simmer" even mean??

A model using a frying pan on the round cooktop

31. A spatula tool with a harder center and flexible edges that'll slide right under the hardest-to-flip foods (looking at you, omelets).

The spatula folding an omelet in half

32. A pretty kitchen print that'll also serve as a cheat sheet for measurement conversions or veggie cooking times.

33. An over-the-sink cutting board with a built-in strainer so they can rinse, and chop their produce in the exact same space, keeping them organized so even their subpar knife skills can't cause a huge mess.

The cutting board with peppers being chopped on it and rinsed in the silicone strainer

34. A thick, durable apron with TONS of information (think cooking times for veggies, measurement conversions, how to test the doneness of your meat, etc.) printed UPSIDE DOWN so you can hold it up to consult while you're *wearing it*.

35. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book that'll teach you the building blocks of *how* to cook and build up flavors, not just recipes to follow. This is how you can start experimenting with recipes and flavors of your own!

The cover of the book

36. And when in doubt, an electric wine opener that'll open a bottle in seconds, because if dinner's already ruined, might as well have a glass of wine ASAP.

A collage showing the steps of how to use the opener

These'll all help them cook even better than a rat pulling their hair!

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