Gifts for foodies can be a challenge, at Modern Cooking we are always looking for inspiration. We seek out new product that excite us and keep us cooking. So if you are looking for something for that special foodie in your life we have got you covered. 

Kitchen Knives

Some believe, that giving a knife as a gift brings bad luck and will cut the friendship. However, with a beautifully crafted Japanese knife I believe that’s not true. Whoever you will give one of these special knives to will think of you every time they easily slice up ingredients for a delicious meal.Knives come in different shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a multi-purpose knife, the Gyuto or chef’s knife is what you are looking for. This is also a great entry-level for anyone getting into cooking. For those adding to a collection, a paring knife for fine detail work or the slightly larger petty will be a good option.

These smaller knives can also be useful when travelling. If you want to learn more about knife shapes and features, check out  Kitchen Knives – The Basics. If you love the idea of gifting knives, but are now worried about the bad luck part, there is a way around it. Attach a coin to the knife, which the recipient will give back to you as “payment”. 

Konro Barbecue

If your foodie friend is not blessed with a big backyard, but loves to cook over coal, a Konro barbecue is the foodie gift to get. These tabletop barbecues are originally from Japan and can fit on any balcony. For a fun night with family or friends, instead of fondue or raclette, prepare some yakitori and grill them together at the table. However, be mindful of the open flame and smoke.

And you can easily take these portable barbecues with you to the park or a lake and enjoy some grilled meats with a cold beer in the sun.

Sharpening stones

For the home chef who already has every knife shape and size possible a sharpening stone will make a great gift.

All knives no matter how well-crafted will eventually need sharpening. The combination whetstone from King is a great starting point. It provides one side for sharpening the knife and another for polishing to finish. If you are buying for a friend with a big knife collection a set of stones will make him or her happy. Putting together a set of whetstones with 320 grit for repairing chipped knives, 1000 grit for sharpening and 6000 for polishing will keep their collection in great shape.

Peter Buckwalter
Tagged: General News