The Daily Meal’s 2012 Gift Guide for the Home Cook

We all have an aspiring home cook in our group of friends and family, so get them something they’d really love this holiday

Our 2012 gift guide has ideas for cooks of all shapes and sizes.

The holidays are here, and as soon as the turkey carvers were stowed away after Thanksgiving everyone hit the streets to start their holiday shopping. An iPod for your niece, a sweater for mom — everyone has a gift idea in mind for that particular loved one, but what do you get the chefs in your life?

The Daily Meal's 2012 Gift Guide for the Home Cook

You know who we're talking about: the friends who constantly email you food porn, who stay up late watching reruns of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, and the ones who get that googley look on their face any time they walk through a farmers’ market. They’re the ones who love to cook, and so when the holiday season rolls around, there’s nothing you’d rather get them than a new toy for their craft.

Sure, we culinary-obsessed people would love whatever cooking gadget we can get our hands on, but there’s a difference between something we need and something we want, and holiday gifts are all about what we want.

This year, we’ve come up with a list of gift suggestions to help you not only give your special someone something they’ll love for their kitchen, but something they would never think of buying for themselves. From cooking systems and tools to cookbooks and recipes boxes, our 2012 gift guide will help you check a gift for the cook in your life off your list.


Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce