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Give Good Gifts: The 2018 Guide

We’ve gathered our favorite items for that special gourmet on your list. From clever sous vide gadgets to thoughtful host gifts, this is your holiday-giving cheatsheet.

Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Box
Infuse cocktails and foods with a savory, smoky flavor with Fortessa’s conversation-starting barware tool. Created by world-champion bartender Charles Joly, this unique smoking box creates professional level cocktails right at home. $249.95, Williams-Sonoma

Supermechanical Ember Range Smart Thermometer
For those who strive for perfection, try Ember, an ovenproof thermometer that plugs into your smartphone for remote dinner-is-ready alerts. Handy presets for beef, pork, and poultry allow you to set the just-right temperature. $69.95, Amazon

Under Pressure by Thomas Keller
Learn Keller’s path toward sous vide cooking and the prized recipes from his celebrated restaurants The French Laundry and Per Se. In addition to sous vide fundamentals, this inspiring tome features beautiful photography by Deborah Jones. $48, Amazon

Mouthfeel by Ole Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk
Perfect for both food lovers and food science scholars, this one-of-a-kind book explores how the textural properties of different foods have a powerful impact on our culinary preferences. From melting chocolate to fizzy soda, Mouthfeel is a celebration of the wonders of our favorite edibles. $28, Amazon

Laguiole Olive Wood Cheese Knife Set
Crafted in France with olive wood handles, this stylish set includes a soft-cheese knife, fork-tipped spear, and miniature cleaver—the perfect lineup for cutting soft, semi-soft, and hard cheeses. Present this to your next host and you’ll surely receive a follow-up invitation. $40, Salt & Sundry

Curly Crystal Decanter
Remove sediment from older wines and open up the aroma and flavor of newer bottles with this connoisseur’s must-have. A work of tabletop art, this decanter is created by Riedel, one of Europe’s leading purveyors of luxury European glassware. Riedel, $350

Joule by ChefSteps
Great for beginners or experienced sous vide cooks, ChefSteps’ 11-inch immersion circulator offers power without sacrificing counter space. Designed to pair with your smartphone, the Joule app even lets you cook dinner remotely. Amazon, $159

FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealer
Vacuum seal foods like a pro. Perfect for sous vide cooking—or for freezer storage—this sealing starter kit includes accompanying bags are BPA-free and safely withstand boiling temperature. $75.64, Amazon

Ooni Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Create restaurant-quality pizza at home with the world’s first portable, wood-fired pizza oven. Impress friends for a pizza night in the backyard or stash it in the car on your next roadtrip. Ooni, $299

Terre Exotique Hawaiian Black Salt
Bestow your white meat, shellfish, seafood, and salads with a unique finishing touch—and a bit of drama—with black salt harvested on the island of Molokai in the Hawaiian archipelago. $7, The Fresh Farm


Anova Precision Cooker

Providing total temperature control, this best-selling circulator connects to your smartphone, so you can remotely cook like a pro. Choose from two different models, depending on your desire for Bluetooth or WiFi (turn it on from the office!). $129–$159, Anova