Dec. 1st
2010
written by scott

food geek christmas gifts
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.

 

Books

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. 

Modernist Cooking “Ingredients”

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.

 

Essential Kitchen Gear

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. 

 

In My Dreams…

Some guys dream of sports cars, some guys dream of rotor/stater homogenizers.  Here is the equipment in the kitchen of my dreams. 

5 Comments

  1. Solid choices! Several of them on my amazon list already. On the methocel, any specific reason for choosing the F50? I’ve been daunted by the number of varieties.

  2. 01/12/2010

    The difference between the varieties of methylcellulose have to do with the temperature at which they gell, and their viscosity in water. There’s no reason in particular that I chose F50, other than that it ships free on Amazon Prime :-)

  3. Hal@Magnolia
    01/12/2010

    The Vacmaster Pro 112 is almost affordable, just a bit more than “Modernist Cuisine”. And I think Ruhlman’s “Ratio” is a kind of geeky cookbook.

  4. 07/12/2010

    you have a centrifuge on your cooking wish list? lol that’s awesome.

  5. xiaochen
    04/06/2012

    Have you ever looked at a big block of text that you had no choice but to read? A large block of text is distracting and worst of all, ineffective. Many people find their eyes glazing over when faced with a large block of text and the people looking at your exhibits are no exception vibram.

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