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For Bread Baking:

Peasant bread kit contents pink cloth bowl cover.

Peasant Bread Kit, Mother’s Day Edition

This gift set includes all of the essentials to make bread baking a foolproof process, including a digital scale, a GIR spatula, a pink Dot & Army cloth bowl cover, a signed copy of my cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs, two 1-qt Pyrex bowls, and a Julia Child quotation notecard: "I think every woman should have a blowtorch."
Bread Toast Crumbs Kit in a box.

Peasant Bread Kit

Peasant Bread Kits: The Gift of Homemade Bread! This gift set includes all of the essentials to make bread baking a foolproof process, including a digital scale, a GIR spatula, a Dot & Army cloth bowl cover, and a signed copy of my cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs. A toaster card and some baker's twine allow you to pack it all up into one festive bundle.
Bread Toast Crumbs

Bread Toast Crumbs

It's not too late to order a copy of Bread Toast Crumbs and to include with it a "toast" bookplate and "toaster" notecard. Email me your inscription and where you would like the card+bookplate sent: [email protected].
wire whisk

Wire Whisk

A wire whisk is a kitchen essential, but especially for bakers.
Pyrex 4-qt mixing bowl

4-QT Mixing Bowl

I use this bowl every day, often for making a batch of my mother's peasant bread, but also for mixing salads, tossing steamed broccoli with butter, and combining various ingredients for my favorite muesli.
King Arthur Flour

King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

King Arthur Flour is so reliable. I use their all-purpose flour more than any other, but I love their sprouted wheat flour, too, when I'm looking to add some whole grain goodness to my baked goods.
SAF Instant Yeast

SAF Instant Yeast

My favorite yeast. One of these packages of yeast will fit into a plastic quart container and will keep for months in the fridge or freezer.
GIR Spatula

GIR Spatula

My favorite — this spatula really makes the bread mixing process more enjoyable. I promise.
Nourish Kitchen Scale

Digital Scale

Once you start baking by weight, it's impossible to go back. It's faster and more accurate. If you want consistent results with your baked goods, bread especially, a scale is essential.
Bread in Pyrex

1-qt Pyrex Bowl (Set of 2)

Nearly every recipe in Bread Toast Crumbs calls for two 1-qt Pyrex bowls. These bowls create an irresistible golden crust and clean up beautifully in the dishwasher.

Dot And Army Cloth Bowl Covers

NOT a shower cap! These cloth bowl covers are the best. For keeping bowls of rising dough nice and cozy, nothing is better.

Stocking Stuffers:

Unicorn Magnum 6-inch pepper mill.

Favorite Pepper Mill

This is the pepper mill my mother has used for as long as I can remember, and it, as a result, is the only one I have ever used. It is excellent. It comes in a larger size, too, but I love the 6-inch size.

Toast Book Plate

(FREE!) Inscribed toast bookplate and toaster notecard with purchase of Bread Toast Crumbs. Email me your inscription and where you would like the card+bookplate sent: [email protected].
Opinel pocket knife

Opinel Nº6 Pocket Knife

The lovely women (Olaiya Land and Yossy Arefi), who ran the photography workshop I attended in Paris this past September, gave each attendee a little goodie bag. This Opinel pocket knife was included, and I absolutely love it.
thermapen

Thermapen

Never thought I would invest in a fancy thermometer, but now I can't imagine not having one around. Unlike any other thermometer I have owned, this one is instant read, so there's no waiting around for the gadget to give its reading. Also, unlike any other thermometer I have owned, this one is accurate. I use this for testing meats, of course, but also baked goods.
wooden reamer

Wooden Reamer

So handy and effective, wooden reamers are my tool of choice for juicing citrus. Easy to store, too.
sauce whisk or flat-bottomed whisk

Flat-Bottomed Whisk

For whisking dressings and sauces or anything in a saucepan — this little flat-bottomed whisk is so handy. I use it all the time.
oven thermometer

Oven Thermometer

An oven thermometer is essential for knowing if your oven is hot enough or too hot. Even my fancy new ovens are not properly calibrated. I have one of these oven thermometers in each oven so I know how to adjust the dials of my oven to get the temperature I'm looking for.
Bench Scraper

Bench Scraper

I use this for dividing dough, transferring items from my cutting board to a pot, and clearing my board of scraps.
Stamp set

Starry Night Cookie Stamp Set

Saw an image of a stamped cookie in The Cookie Book and immediately bought a stamp set to make these cookies.
fluted cookie cutter set

Round, Fluted-Edged Cutter Set

Maldon Sea Salt

Maldon Sea Salt

...makes everything better.

Kuhn Rikon Peeler

My favorite peeler. It comes in fun, bright colors, too.
Kitchen Aid kitchen shears

Sharp Kitchen Shears

Having a pair of sharp kitchen shears on hand is a real gift. I bought these at Marshall's on a whim one day and couldn't be more pleasantly surprised: they are so sharp; they make spatchcocking a bird a real breeze; they make me happy.
Opinel Steak Knives

Opinel Steak Knife

I discovered the Opinel brand when I was in Paris this past September and fell in love. Bought six of these to replace my steak knife set. Love them.
Opinel butter knife

Opinel Butter Spreader

Another Opinel utensil I love. When I see this on the table lodged into a block of butter, I smile.

Knives & Slicers:

Wusthof 8-inch chef's knife

Wusthof 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

This is the knife I use more than any other — it's a nice size, it has a nice weight, it's sharp. I've had it for over a decade. Love it.
Opinel pocket knife

Opinel Nº6 Pocket Knife

The lovely women (Olaiya Land and Yossy Arefi), who ran the photography workshop I attended in Paris this past September, gave each attendee a little goodie bag. This Opinel pocket knife was included, and I absolutely love it.
bread knife

Bread Knife

A good bread knife is essential to prevent mangling loaves of bread, especially freshly baked loaves. This one is sharp, affordable, and attactive.
Paring knife

4″ Paring Knife

Good all around, small utility knife.
5-inch serrated knife

5″ Serrated Knife

This one is especially handy for tomatoes.

Wusthof Knife Sharpener

A sharp knife is a safe knife and an efficient knife. I use this sharpener every few weeks to keep the edge on my most-used knives nice and sharp.

Flexible Boning Knife

If you like to filet fish or cut paper thin slices of home-cured lox, you need something like this knife — it has to have some flexibility and it has to be razor sharp.
Benriner Mandoline

Benriner Mandoline

I use my Benriner mandoline all the time: for potatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, cucumbers ... you name it.

Spiralizer

Who doesn't love a zoodle? For anyone who finds a mandoline terrifying, this is a great option. Plus the spiral shape is fun.
14-cup Cuisinart

14-Cup Cuisinart

I don't know what I would do without my food processor. This the 14-Cup Cuisinart. I've had it for over a decade.
Opinel Steak Knives

Opinel Steak Knife

I discovered the Opinel brand when I was in Paris this past September and fell in love. Bought six of these to replace my steak knife set. Love them.
Opinel butter knife

Opinel Butter Spreader

Another Opinel utensil I love. When I see this on the table lodged into a block of butter, I smile.

Kitchen Appliances:

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic

If you're not quite ready to embrace the wonderful world of electric pressure cookers, the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic stovetop pressure cooker is a great option. It's sleek and easier to store than the Instant Pot. For me, too, it's more intuitive to use, as it's a stovetop device. I love using it to cook black beans — no soaking necessary.
Instant Pot

Instant Pot

For soft-boiled eggs that peel like a dream, perfectly cooked rice, one-pot spaghetti and meat sauce (recipe soon!), butternut squash-coconut soup (recipe soon!), and so much more, the Instant Pot has become an often-reached for gadget.
Stand Mixer

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

For beating butter and whipping eggs, there is no easier way than to use a stand mixer.
Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

Love my Nespresso Pixie so much. My favorite pod is the Fortissio Lungo.

Spiralizer

Who doesn't love a zoodle? For anyone who finds a mandoline terrifying, this is a great option. Plus the spiral shape is fun.
14-cup Cuisinart

14-Cup Cuisinart

I don't know what I would do without my food processor. This the 14-Cup Cuisinart. I've had it for over a decade.

Pots and Pans:

Le Creuset Braiser

Le Creuset 5-qt Braiser

I use this pan all the time, both stovetop and in the oven. It heats evenly and cleans beautifully.
Le Creuset 7 1/4-qt Dutch oven

Le Creuset 7 1/4-Qt Dutch Oven

All-Clad 8-qt Stock Pot

It's nice to have one (or two) large pots on hand to make stock and large batches of soup. I love this one as much as my Le Creuset Dutch oven.
All Clad 3-qt pot

All-Clad 4-Qt

Another often-used pot—I like this one for smaller batches of soup, for making tacos, chili, etc.
2-qt All-Clad Saucepan

All-Clad 2-qt Saucepan

Le Creuset Open Sauce Pot

Toulouse Tart Pans

Toulouse Tart Pans (Set of 2)

Bought these tart pans this summer because I realized I didn't have a proper clafouti pan, but I use them for all sorts of dishes, both sweet and savory. Take the pans right from oven to table. So pretty.
Food52's green pans

Food52 x Greenpan Nonstick Skillet

Food52 x Greenpan's Nonstick Skillet is both nonstick and oven safe, which makes endeavors such as frittatas effortless. I love the 8" & 11" set — the small one is great for scrambling eggs or making 2-egg omelets; the larger one is great for frittatas or sautéing vegetables, etc. .
Extra Large Sheet Pan

Extra-Large Sheet Pan

If you roast a lot of vegetables, this extra large sheet pan is a game changer. It's also great for baking more cookies at once or a double batch of granola, etc.

Quarter Sheet Pans

As handy as having extra-large sheet pans for roasting heaps of vegetables is having quarter sheet pans for toasting nuts or warming smaller portions of leftovers (such as lasagna) or for heating up bread, etc.
Dansk koben style butter warmer

Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer

Love my Dansk butter warmer.

Food & Drink:

Saratoga Chocolate Company

I am addicted to this Fleur de Sel chocolate from the Saratoga Chocolate Co. I also really love the 70%— it's velvety and smooth ... so good.

California Olive Ranch Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Last fall I had the chance to visit California for the olive harvest with California Olive Ranch, a brand I have long admired. I use their "everyday" olive oil — wait for it — every day and have given it as a gift. Their "limited reserve" is especially tasty and would make an extra-special gift. Here its pictured with homemade dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend I find irresistible.
Mohawk Coffee Company Mohawk Giants Blend

Mohawk Coffee Co’s Mohawk Giants Blend

My favorite coffee.
Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar

Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar

I discovered this vinegar years ago while living in Philadelphia. It is syrupy and delicious, good on anything from Parmigiano Reggiano to vanilla ice cream to roasted cabbage.

Lesley Elizabeth White Balsamic Vinegar

A friend introduced me to this white balsamic vinegar. I used it first with these Roasted Brussels sprouts with Manchego and Almonds from Franny's, and I've used it with so many roasted vegetables — it's a nice "finishing" vinegar.

Great Flats Beer

For local friends, a growler from Great Flats for any beer lover in your life would make a perfect gift. A gift certificate would be nice, too. Love this place so much.

Cypress Grove Cheese

Cheese. Who doesn't need cheese around the holidays? A selection of Cypress Grove cheeses makes a wonderful gift.
Tara Kitchen ras-el-hanout

Tara Kitchen Ras-El-Hanout

Tara Kitchen, a wonderful Moroccan restaurant with locations in Schenectady and Troy, sells a number of sauces and spice rubs, namely ras-el-hanout, which I love. With this blend on hand, any number of Moroccan dishes could come together in a flash.

Rancho Meladuco Dates

Love these dates. Beautifully packaged. Great gift.
Soom tahini

Soom Tahini

Discovered this via Christopher Kimball's Milk Street podcast. Love it. This would make a great stocking stuffer, too.
King Arthur Flour

King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

King Arthur Flour is so reliable. I use their all-purpose flour more than any other, but I love their sprouted wheat flour, too, when I'm looking to add some whole grain goodness to my baked goods.
SAF Instant Yeast

SAF Instant Yeast

My favorite yeast. One of these packages of yeast will fit into a plastic quart container and will keep for months in the fridge or freezer.
Maldon Sea Salt

Maldon Sea Salt

...makes everything better.
Lamberti Prosecco

Prosecco

Prosecco: my favorite holiday (anytime?) spirit. How delicious? How light and refreshing? How amenable to mixing with all sorts of spirits? And, how gentle on the head, too?

Other Fun Things:

17″ Handcrafted Wooden Bowl

I am very particular about salad bowls — the shape is very important to me as is the size. It must be large enough. For me, this one is perfect.
Baking Steel

The Original Baking Steel

The Baking Steel — for anyone who wants to up their pizza-making game. In short, steel is more conductive than stone, so when the dough hits the steel, it springs faster and better than it would on stone. For crisp bottoms and ballooned and blistered edges, look no further than the Baking Steel. If you want to read more about it, here's my Baking Steel discovery post.
Airscape coffee bean storage jar

Airscape Coffee (and food) Storage Container

Keep your coffee beans super fresh with this Airscape container.
Kombucha Jar

Kombucha Starter Kit

I bought this kombucha starter kit for Ben for Father's Day, and he's been on a roll ever since. Note: The above photo is NOT what is in the starter kit. Ben has moved onto a continuous brew system, but I highly recommend starting—wait for it—with the starter kit.
oven mitts

Oven Mitts

My children gave me these oven mitts for Mother's Day, and my arms have since been burn free. Yours could be, too!
large stainless steel bowl

Extra-Large Stainless Steel Bowl

I bought this extra-large bowl one summer when my CSA was abounding with greens. I find it so handy for soaking a lot of greens, for mixing double batches of muesli or granola, etc.
Pour la tourtière d'Annette Stoneware Pie Plate

Stoneware Pie Plate

I've had my eye on this tart pan for years. How pretty is it?
Salt Cellar

Salt Cellar

Love this salt cellar so much. The opening is at the perfect angle. Cute, too. Right?
Pie Box

Pie Box

It's hard not to smile upon seeing a pie in a pie box. Though the box itself is pretty uplifting, too.

Gifts for Her:

Orolay Winter Coat

I get more compliments on this coat than on just about anything I wear.

Inverted Hoop Earrings

These earrings, too, are still a favorite.