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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 general lovers of food, drink and a good dinner party

What to get the person on your list whose idea of a shopping spree is hitting up three farmers' markets? Fear not: We've complied a list of the best gifts for cooks, from handy kitchen tools to delicious additions to any table. And hey, if your giftee chooses to thank you by whipping up an amazing meal to share, you're welcome.

Top-notch gifts for cooks

Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

$28; amazon.com

Chef Jessica Koslow has dominated the L.A. food scene over the past few years, growing her humble homemade jam business into what’s become the gold standard for seasonal California cuisine—and garnering raves from The New York Times and Bon Appetit along the way. In her new book, Everything I Want to Eat, she shares over 100 of her favorite recipes, from an herb-packed frittata to Sqirl's famed sorrel pesto rice bowl.

OXO Spiralizer

OXO Spiralizer

$39.95; williams-sonoma.com

Transform vegetables into pasta (okay, pasta shapes) with this magical tool, beloved by healthy eaters and gluten-free folks everywhere. Not sure where to begin? Recipe cards are included with this easy-to-use model from OXO.

Natural Raffia Market Tote

Natural Raffia Market Tote

$110; globalgoodspartners.org

This fair trade, raffia tote was woven in Madagascar by women employed by social enterprise Ivahona, which offers employees a fair and living wage along with social security and healthcare. The tote is perfect for a morning at the farmers' market or for comfortably lugging picnic fare.

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Equal Tea Towel

Equal Tea Towel

$24; food52.com

This incredibly handy linen tea towl is printed with measurement conversions to help cooks remember how many tablespoons are in an ounce, how many ounces are in 1/4 cup and so on.

MAST Brothers LA Collection

MAST Brothers LA Collection

$8 per bar or $45 for the collection of 6; mastbrothers.com

Chocolateir brothers Michael and Rick have teamed up with an equally talented pair of sisters for their latest collection: Angelenos Lily and Hopie Stockman of hand-dyed textile company Block Shop. The six bars are wrapped in colorful, geometric designs borrowed from Block Shop's scarves and wall hangings, combining two design-minding companies into one delicious feast for both the eyes and belly. Choose from Horchata, Miso & Sesame, Orange, Piloncillo (brown sugar), Popcorn or the Los Angeles Blend, or splurge on all six.

Hedley & Bennett Ginger Apron

Hedley & Bennett Ginger Apron

$85; hedleyandbennett.com

This soft, comfy apron from the well-known "apron squad" at Hedley & Bennett is constructed of American canvas and 100% cotton straps, with two lap pockets and durable brass hardware. 

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Cuisine R-Evolution

Cuisine R-Evolution

$49.95; moleculargastronomy.com


Let your favorite cook try his or her hand at molecular gastronomy with this kit including everything needed to make mint caviar beads, chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam or tzatziki spheres.

Raw Spice Bar Monthly Flavor Kit

Raw Spice Bar Monthly Flavor Kit

$26-$84; rawspicebar.com


This monthly subscription is perfect for cooks who are always looking for recipes with new flavor profiles. Each month, they'll have a box delivered to their door with three freshly ground flavors, plus globally-inspired recipes for each.

5 qt. Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer

5 qt. Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer

$349.99; kitchenaid.com

If you really, really love them (and they don't already own one), the Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer is the quickest way to any chef's heart. It's iconic, it's a workhorse and it comes in a billion colors to match any kitchen or aesthetic. Swoon.

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Eataly Gift Box

Eataly Gift Box

$30-$225; eataly.com


You can't go wrong with an Eataly gift box, no matter your budget or your giftee's tastes. Choose from simple pasta or tiramisu boxes, go bigger with a box of olive oils or splurge on a tour around Italy with a box full of every treat under the Tuscan sun.

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