Gift Guide: Alton Brown's Gifts for Foodies
BONAVITA GOOSENECK ELECTRIC KETTLE
"Whether you're into pour-overs or want to show some love to your green tea, this model has you covered."
Buy It! Bonavita Gooseneck Electric Kettle, $95; surlatable.com
TUCSON TAMALE HOLIDAY PACK
"Because they're probably the best Western-style tamales I've had—and they ship!"
Buy It! Tucson Tamale Holiday pack, $48 (for 8 green corn tamales and 8 green chili pork tamales); tucsontamale.com
THERMOWORKS THERMAPEN FOOD THERMOMETER
"The single biggest upgrade you can make to your cooking is to learn to take your food's temperature."
Buy It! Thermapen Mk4, $99; thermoworks.com
ALTON BROWN: EVERDAYCOOK
"One hundred new, tasty, clever yet simple recipes from a name you trust. And the pictures are pretty great too."
Buy It! EveryDayCook by Alton Brown, $22; amazon.com
BERNZOMATIC HIGH-INTENSITY HANDHELD TORCH
"Time to dump that wimpy butane torch and get some serious sear with propane which has a higher flame velocity...okay, you don't care about that. But when it comes to quickly melting sugar on a creme brûlée or giving a ribeye a finishing sear, you'll be grateful for this bad boy with its easy ignition and cheap fuel."
Buy It! BernzOmatic TS8000 – High Intensity Trigger Start Torch, $49.98; lowes.com
FORTHECHEF 16" STEEL JAPANESE WOK
"Not only is this necessary for any kind of stir-fry, I use mine for smoking and frying."
Buy It! ForTheChef 16'' Steel Japanese Wok, $26.39; amazon.com
THE WHOLE SHEBANG BAR KIT
"The perfect starter kit for any home bar."
Buy It! The Whole Shebang Bar Kit, $137.97; themixingglass.lightspeedwebstore.com
AEROPRESS COFFEE MAKER
"This durable, portable and thoroughly affordable manual brewer is the quickest way I know to make a great cup of coffee."
Buy It! AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $29.99; amazon.com
FATWORKS LEAF LARD
"For biscuits and pie crusts you can't beat lard, but finding the good stuff isn't easy. Well, it is now."
Buy It! Fatworks Leaf Lard, $24; amazon.com
OXO 11-LB. FOOD SCALE
"Want to be a better baker? Start weighing your ingredients! This is the model I use at home and in the lab."
Buy It! OXO 11-lb. Stainless-Steel Food Scale, $50; surlatable.com