Happy holidays! Here’s a list of ideas for people in your life who love to (or want to love to) cook. The ideas below are extremely personal: they’re either made by dear friends, or tools we’ve found essential in our kitchen. None are sponsorships, just products we love (though we do receive a small percentage if you order from these Amazon links).
2017 Daily Recipe Calendar
This year we’ve got a daily desktop calendar featuring our favorite recipes posted here on A Couple Cooks! We collaborated with an Indy-based publishing company (TF Publishing), and it’s such fun to see all our recipes in printed form. It’s great for anyone who is interested in cooking more. We’ve also got a wall and mini calendar featuring some of our food photos. ORDER HERE
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re cookbook obsessed! Here are a few of our favorites from this year; most of them are written by dear friends and each one of them was featured on our blog or podcast.
- Love and Lemons Cookbook (listen to Jeanine and Jack)
- Small Victories (listen to Julia)
- Molly on the Range (listen to Molly)
- Eat Complete (listen to Dr. Ramsey)
- The Vanilla Bean Baking Book
- Sweeter Off the Vine
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
- Chickpea Flour Does it All
- My Darling Lemon Thyme: Recipes from My Real Food Kitchen
Our friend Amanda over at Heartbeet Kitchen has a baking box for healthier Scotcheroo bars — they’re gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened. The kit makes putting together this treat easy and fun, and it’s a great gift idea! We had her on the podcast to chat about it (listen to Amanda). (Photo by Amanda of Heartbeet Kitchen)
Our friends Kasey and Matt over at Turntable Kitchen have been offering a Music + Food pairings box for the past 6 years. A gift subscription to the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box features original recipes, a vinyl single, a digital mixtape, and a premium ingredient.
If you have a coffee snob in your life, this new gadget is where it’s at. It looks a little space-agey, but it’s changed our lives. It makes a super high quality coffee FAST, with easy cleanup. (Listen to our podcast about coffee for more instructions on how to use it, or see this how to post.) ORDER HERE
Pizza Peel & Pizza Stone
If you want to make homemade pizza, you must have two essential tools: a stone for cooking the pizza so the bottom gets crisp, and a peel to slide the pizza onto and off of the stone. Here are our recommendations:
FANCY PIZZA PEEL (actually worth it as the canvas conveyor makes it easier to use — see above)
The herb savers is one of our top kitchen essentials (see the plastic cylinder in the background of this photo). Herbs like cilantro and parsley last for a few weeks in the refrigerator in this saver, extending the life well past the typical 1 to 2 days. ORDER HERE
We’re big fans of the food processor and use it all.the.time. Hummus, pizza dough, cauliflower rice, almond butter, energy bars, etc can all be made with this guy. A bit more of a splurge, but a necessity for any serious cook. ORDER HERE
Donation to Culinary Training Center
In my family, we’ve started to do donations instead of gifts. We love it and it’s exciting to give back during this holiday season. If you’ve known us for a while, you’ll know we traveled to Cambodia to spent time at a cooking school that helps at-risk young women by teaching them kitchen and restaurant management skills. The program is run by a non-profit here in Indianapolis, Center for Global Impact (CGI), which employs people in Cambodia to run the show. I’ve been there twice and it’s an amazing place; the photo is of me with the students in 2013. Human trafficking is a difficult and important topic these days; here’s a chance to do something about it! Feel free to donate or let us know if you have more questions. Here’s more on my last visit to Cambodia. DONATE HERE
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.