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The 15 Best Gifts for Chefs and Home Cooks

From a kitchen fatigue mat to a Japanese cast-iron pot, these are the best gifts to give the chef in your life.

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Matfer Benriner "Little Beni" Japanese Mandoline
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Matfer Bourgeat webstaurantstore.com
$23.99

A home-sized version of a professional kitchen staple. Use it when you want everything cut down to the same size. Perfect for potato chips, slices of ginger, salad veggies and more. 

Nordic Ware Half Sheet with Oven Safe Nonstick Grid
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Nordic Ware amazon.com
$30.00

Well-built sheet pans are the gift that keeps on giving. Beyond roasting veggies on them, use the raised wire grid to rest meat after cooking.

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean
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bookshop.org
$32.20

The polar opposite of influencer cookbooks, In Bibi's Kitchen offers up a wealth of grandma-approved recipes from South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea

Verve Culture Thai Chef's Knife #2
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gearpatrol.com
$80.00

A full-tang stainless steel knife for tasks both delicate and rough. 

French 4-Piece Steak Knife Set
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schoolhouse.com
$99.00

A classic steakhouse knife. Made by Portland-based Schoolhouse with beechwood handles and (real) brass rivets. 

Made In Stainless Clad Saute Pan
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madeincookware.com
$122.00

A cladded steel do-it-all pan from one of the best new names in cookware. 

Momofuku Seasoned Salts 3-Pack
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momofuku.com
$28.00

Ten years in the making, these salts were designed in the labs of one of America's best restaurant empires. 

Vermicular Musui
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Vermicular huckberry.com
$300.00

One half of Vermicular's very Japanese take on the Dutch oven, the Musui's defining feature is boring but great. The interior rim of the lid is laser cut to fit the base perfectly, allowing it to effectively steam roast meat and veggies. Plus, it makes a great rice cooker. 

Smithey Ironware No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet
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Smithey Ironware Co. huckberry.com
$200.00

Made in North Charleston, South Carolina, every Smithey cast-iron skillets is a time capsule to the early 20th century. Where new cast iron is often rough-surfaced and tough to clean, Smithey's skillets are made like collector vintage pans. 

Verve Culture Molcajete
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Verve Culture huckberry.com
$60.00

Inevitably, the home cook will need one of these. Whether you're making guac or mashing up chiles and garlic for some pad ka-prao moo, it's a kitchen must-have.  

E3 Ranch Ribeyes
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e3ranch.com
$119.00

Thick cut, grass-fed, grain-finished ribeyes. That's it. 

Fiesta 6-5/8-Inch Utensil Crock
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Homer Laughlin amazon.com

A kitchen staple every new chef needs. These crocks, made by Fiesta, come in loads of colors, too. 

John Boos Maple Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board
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John Boos amazon.com
$137.66

Used in commercial and home kitchens alike, John Boos is the king of cutting boards. 

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
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Vitamix amazon.com
$349.95
$289.99 (17% off)

The most affordable of Vitamix's world-beating blenders can do more than make smoothies. Make your own peanut butter, blend up perfectly smooth tomato bisque and more. 

GelPro NewLife Comfort Ergo-Foam Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat
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GelPro amazon.com
$39.95

Ergonomics. Ergonomics everywhere. A kitchen fatigue mat is only a joke to those who don't yet have one. They make cooking less taxing, which makes the cook more likely to whip something together rather than order delivery.  

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