The season of giving is upon us, and that means it's time to start Christmas shopping for the food geek in your life. Let's face
The season of giving is upon us, and that means it's time to start Christmas shopping for the food geek in your life. Let's face it: he (or she... but who are we kidding, it's a he) is hard to shop for. He already owns 4 kinds of microplanes, he's got more cookbooks than Barnes & Noble, and his spice rack is organized by atomic weight. A waffle iron just isn't gonna cut it this year.
For just that reason, I've rounded up the best and geekiest kitchen gifts of 2010. And, if you're feeling extra generous, I also threw in a few "luxury items" sure to induce a Christmas morning nerdgasm.
2010 was a great year for cookbooks. In fact, all of the books below are new this year, with the exception of Modernist Cuisine, which is available for preorder but won't ship until March. At $475, it's not exactly a stocking stuffer, but you can spread out the joy by wrapping each of the five volumes separately.
If the food geek on your Christmas list is dying to pull off the latest techniques, he'll need some ingredients. I've found the WillPowder brand to be a great value for the price.
Who doesn't like playing with new toys? Over the last year, prices of induction cooktops have plummeted. They are a great way to expand your stovetop capacity, and they're extremely energy efficient for heating small quantities of food.
Some guys dream of sports cars, some guys dream of rotor/stater homogenizers. Here is the equipment in the kitchen of my dreams.