A gourmet personalized gift basket (that you put together). Possible items: "single origin" sea salt, coffee, gourmet cheese, tonno (from spain or italy, I prefer spain), chocolate (Valrhona, Scharffenberger, etc.)...you get the idea. Believe it or not, whole foods has a lot of these items and your local Williams-Sonoma will have a lot of great items also.

To but actual items to use in the kitchen would be tuff unless you know the perdon very well and know what they have (knives, a quality burr coffee grinder, mandoline, pots/pans (All Clad and some better copper pieces), and if price is no object an espresso machine).
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Originally posted by inky:
A gourmet personalized gift basket (that you put together). Possible items: "single origin" sea salt, coffee, gourmet cheese, tonno (from spain or italy, I prefer spain), chocolate (Valrhona, Scharffenberger, etc.)...you get the idea. Believe it or not, whole foods has a lot of these items and your local Williams-Sonoma will have a lot of great items also.

To but actual items to use in the kitchen would be tuff unless you know the perdon very well and know what they have (knives, a quality burr coffee grinder, mandoline, pots/pans (All Clad and some better copper pieces), and if price is no object an espresso machine).


Great suggestions. I also like PH's idea too - great magazine.

I would like to add high quality olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar. For actual items, I would also suggest an immersion blender. If cost isn't an object, the Le Creuset round ovens are fantastic and will last forever.
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Originally posted by Keeno:
I would like to add high quality olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar.


I was about to say pretty much the same thing.

Also, one "gadget" that I always recommend is something called the "Perfect Beaker". I use mine constantly. It's only about $7, so it would be an easy and appreciated addition if you do put together a foodie gift basket of olive oils, cheeses and such.

- Jeff
These are recommendations for foodies who cook, not foodies who only dine out.

I second the rec for a hand blender -- it's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Look for the Kitchenaid.

Also, I love my digital scale. It's made by Salter.

Best pepper grinder I've ever had is a Magnum Plus -- indispensable in my kitchen. Highly recommended. And get some Talamanca pepper to go with it from www.pepper-passion.com.

Knives = Wusthof.

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