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The best gifts for cooks and food lovers

We searched far and wide for the best gifts for cooks, hosts and lovers of food, drink and dinner parties

By Lauren Rothman
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As the holidays speedily approach, it’s time to start planning your gift list. Luckily, lovers of food and drink are among the easiest people to shop for: Now’s the time to finally get mom that pasta maker she’s been eyeing, or that bottle of wine your lush of a coworker would certainly appreciate. For all those other people on your lists, don’t forget to check out our picks for the best gifts for music lovers, the best gadgets for tech lovers and the best kids’ books of all time—but for those gourmands in your life, here are the best gifts for cooks and food lovers.

Top-notch gifts for cooks

Roni-Sue’s Chocolates 16-Piece Cocktail Collection Truffle Box
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Roni-Sue’s Chocolates 16-Piece Cocktail Collection Truffle Box

$40; roni-sue.com

NYC chocolatier Roni-Sue Kave was a bartender before she turned to crafting small-batch chocolates, which explains why her boozy truffle collection is so spot-on. Featuring delicious cocktail-inspired fillings including an absinthe-laced Green Fairy with pear, fennel and anise; a Dark and Stormy with Caribbean rum, candied ginger and lime zest; and a White Russian-style Lebowski—all inside delicate white, milk and dark chocolate shells.

Jennifer’s Closet “You Wanna Pizza Me” Kitchen Towel

Jennifer’s Closet “You Wanna Pizza Me” Kitchen Towel

$5; etsy.com

Etsy seller Jennifer’s Closet offers a number of punny kitchen towels, made of flour sacks and featuring images and slogans like “Dill With It” (plus a pickle icon) and “Screw It” (plus a corkscrewed bottle of wine). Grab a selection for your fave sarcastic cook, or go straight to our favorite, an image of a pie emblazoned with the words “You Wanna Pizza Me.”

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day

Smitten Kitchen Every Day

$22.30; amazon.com

There’s a reason that Deb Perelman, aka Smitten Kitchen, has about 644,000 social media followers: her recipes are fresh, approachable, reflect the seasons and—most importantly—are freaking delicious. Since the release of her first cookbook in 2012, Deb’s fans have been not-so-patiently awaiting her second, and here it is. If you can find a cook who can resist recipes such as everything bagel-style drop biscuits with cream cheese and bacony baked pinto beans—well, we bet you can’t.

Victorinox 4-Piece Knife Set

Victorinox 4-Piece Knife Set

$129.95; amazon.com

Any cook who wants to get anything done in the kitchen has to start at square one: with an excellent set of knives. The cost of professional chefs’ knives can quickly add up; luckily, Swiss knife company Victorinox manufactures excellent, budget-friendly knives that maintain their edge and tackle cooking projects with ease. This affordable set would make for a wonderful gift for any chef wannabe, with a 4-inch paring knife, a 6-inch utility knife, a 10-inch bread knife and an 8-inch, all-purpose chef knife.

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Easy & Oskey Make Your Own Bitters Set

Easy & Oskey Make Your Own Bitters Set

$49; easyandcompany.com

Some friends are more into drinks than they are into foods: this gift is for them. Whether your pal is an amateur mixologist or simply a lush, she’s sure to appreciate this straightforward bitters-making set. Available in flavors such as classic orange, grapefruit and Angostura-style aromatic, the kits come with everything needed to brew this essential cocktail ingredient: just add high-proof spirits, sugar and water—and voila.

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