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10 Experts' Gift Guides for the Best Cooking Tools

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As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities -- but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we're asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.

Today, we're taking a look back at expert advice so that we can wrap up the best tools for this year's holiday gift-giving season.

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Great tools don't necessarily make a great cook, but they certainly help. All cooks have a niche: Whether they are obsessed with canning, cocktails, or pizza, a collection of tools can give them an edge.

This holiday season, Food52 has consulted with some of our favorite people (we're looking at you Mrs. Wheelbarrow) and compiled a list of the truly essential tools that will make great gifts for the aspiring chefs in your life.

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Steven Raichlen's recommendations for the grilling aficionado

 

Mario Batali's recommendations for the pasta fiend:

 

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's recommendations for the canner:

 

Jeni Britton Bauer's tools for the ice cream maker:

 

Anthony Falco of Roberta's tools for the pizza maker:

 

Dominique Ansel's tools for the aspiring pastry chef:

 

Death & Co's picks for the cocktail connoisseur:

 

Deborah Madison's tools for the vegetarian (or vegetable-lover):

 

Cara Nicoletti's tools for the carnivore (or meat-lover):

 

Molly Stevens' tools for the roaster:

What tools do you want to unwrap this holiday season? Share with us in the comments below!


Our magical menu genie will plan your holiay feast for you.

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