Christmas Gift Guide: For The Foodie

Day 1: For The Martha Stewart Wannabe

Day 2: For The Man Who Has Enough Socks

Microplane Zester/Grater

If I had to choose one Microplane to have in the kitchen, it would be this zester, which also doubles as a grater. Loved by all the top chefs, it finely grates parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, chocolate. It goes in the dishwasher and stays sharp forever. $29.00.

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Nigel Slater, Tender v. 1 and v.2

Nigel Slater has inspired a generation of chefs including Jamie Oliver and best friend Nigella Lawson. He focuses on seasonal ingredients and these two volumes of Tender, the first on vegetables and the just-released volume on fruit, make a beautiful set for a cook of all abilities. $47 and $45 each with free delivery.

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Jones The Grocer Hamper

Usually I’d scoff at the idea of a hamper. Unless it came from the coolest deli around, Jones The Grocer. They only stock the best ingredients in the world and a lot of thought goes into each hamper, such as the Chef’s Selection, which includes A grade vanilla beans, flavoured balsamic glaze, De Soto sherry vinegar, Farro pasta and much more. Yum. $100.

Kikki K My Recipes Organiser

Recipes from blogs, magazines, print outs, handwritten notes…if your recipes are all over the place this prety organiser will be heaven sent. Organise by food types (ie chicken, dessert) and the cover wipes clean for any kitchen spills! $39.95.

Benzer Traditional Pasta Maker

Foodies always dream of making their own pasta. So give them no excuse in 2011 by gifting them this retro red pasta maker. Comes with instructions on making all your favourite shapes, is easy to clean and gives you full foodie cred. $29.95.

Voucher for their favourite restaurant

Most restaurants these days will allow you to purchase a gift certificate, which makes a really thoughtful gift.