Holiday Gift Guide
Thanksgiving is over and there are six more nights of Chanukah, so this is the perfect time for my Holiday Gift Guide. I’m not sure I’m allowed to call it that, actually, because there are only two things I strongly feel you should buy, but I do.
For Anyone Who Cooks
An immersion blender. The only truly irreplaceable function is pureeing hot liquids in their cooking vessels (saving you from that pureeing-batches-in-the-blender thing that I’ve heard about but never done because I have an immersion blender), but I’ve used mine to make smoothies, pesto, vinaigrettes, and in place of a food processor whenever I don’t feel like washing all the parts of the Cuisinart. (Hint: always.)
For the Orthodox Christian (or, I suppose, the Vegetarian or Vegan)
Maddhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian cookbook. A gajillion delicious recipes that don’t pretend to have meat in them. (Tofu-dogs. What in the world.) I’ve probably cooked about 5% of the recipes in this book because the ones I made are so good I keep going back to them. There are many, many things besides beans, but the bean section comes first, so I end up cooking a lot of beans during fasts. And not during fasts, honestly. Indispensable.