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Gifts for Cooks

by Kimberly Y. Masibay

fromFine Cooking
Issue 82

Whether you’re hunting for a stocking stuffer or working on your own wish list, here are a few good ideas to get you started.

A star is born

These heavy-duty, cast-aluminum cake pans from Kaiser let you bake the prettiest star-shaped cakes, and thanks to the nonstick coating, cakes release neatly and cleanup is a breeze.

The large pan sells for about $25 and the small pan for about $14 at


Knife art

You might be tempted to save these handcrafted knives for special occasions, but they’re built to hold up to the rigors of everyday use. The blades are forged of high-carbon Swedish stainless steel, the comfortable hardwood handles are impregnated with resins for durability, and the knives have a lifetime guarantee.

The two-piece set comes with a sturdy leather sheath and costs $139 at

Have a ball

Shouldn’t ice cream be as much fun to make as it is to eat? With the Play & Freeze ice-cream maker from Industrial Revolution, it can be. Just fill one end of the ball with ice and salt, the other end with ice-cream base (use your favorite recipe), and then play with the ball for about 15 minutes. Next thing you know, you’ll have a pint or a quart of soft, creamy ice cream.

The balls come in a variety of colors; the pint-size version sells for $29.95 and the quart-size model for $39 at

And everything nice
The Vase Grinder (left) and the Amboine (right).

Whether you want just a sprinkle of nutmeg for your eggnog or a teaspoon of cinnamon for your gingerbread, these cute little spice mills make it easy to grind your own.

Peugeot’s new Amboine nutmeg mill sells for $58 at, and Kuhn Rikon’s Vase Grinder sells for $29.95 at (fill it with cinnamon bark chips, available for $2.95 for 2 oz. at

Photos: Scott Phillips


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