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A good knife is the most important tool in the kitchen. These beauties from Cut Brooklyn would make the cook on your list very happy.

If you cook a lot like I do, you know that most of the action around the holidays takes place in the kitchen and at the dinner table. With food on my mind, I came up with the following food-related gift guide. Making food is a gateway to making things of all kinds and the proper tools and ingredients will help get you started. Eat, drink, make, and be merry–but not necessarily in that order.

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Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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  • rocketguy1701

    There is exactly one item on this list that makes any sense at all for Make, the knives from brooklyn, and even that is a stretch. I would seriously reconsider this list with the following criteria: If it’s hawking consumerist crap, don’t. Sonoma Williams? Seriously?

    I’m sorry, but this is totally inappropriate for this venue. Not that it’s cookware, but that there isn’t a shred of DIY here. Please try again.

    • avidan

      i kind of agree. i think the sous vide has a great maker story behind it…and was a successful kickstarter. but i think these items are gifts for the kitchen-focused maker. i build all sorts of arduino / raspi controlled cooking related items, and id consider these items “tools of the trade” (vs maker kits, PID’s, Thermocouples)….if you have better ideas of cooking related gifts for the Food-inclined maker, please share (i need a good link to slyly share with my gf)

    • http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com Jeff

      Cooking is a great way for people to be creative and constructive in the home every day. In that sense, good cooking tools are good tools: helpful to the maker in his or her pursuits.

      But this list falls far short. Williams-Sonoma doesn’t even list the volume of their (presumably overpriced) fermentation crock. The Nomiko isn’t available. Paying over $30 for an immersion blender is silly; paying $125 for one is insane. In addition to the crazy expensive stick blender, you list the most expensive hand mill and chef’s knife you could find.

      No repurposed hardware store tools? Nothing from Lehman’s?

      We all know that “gift guides”, “top tens” and slideshows are loved by SEO-minded bloggers, but this post is not up to Make:’s standards.

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