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Gift for Culinary Student?

marilees May 27, 2009 10:51 AM

Not sure if I'm posting this on the right board, but my best friend recently started a culinary program and is finally pursuing his dreams after years in the high tech business. His birthday is coming up, and I wanted to get him a gift that's around $50.

I've given him lots of wines in the past and also given him a bacon of the month subscription, and I'll be taking him to dinner, too. Any ideas on culinary tools or food essentials that I can get him? Thanks!

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  1. almansa RE: marilees May 27, 2009 11:45 AM

    I'd suggest a high quality tourne (bird's beak) knife and a microplane.



    or a subscription to "Art Culinaire"


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    1. re: almansa
      salsailsa RE: almansa May 30, 2009 08:23 PM

      I second the knives. Nothing makes me happier than good knives.

      Conversely, nothing pains me more than cooking in a kitchen with lousy knives.

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      PAO RE: marilees May 27, 2009 05:29 PM

      We sometimes donate back issues of various food/cooking magazines to the local culinary school and the students are SO grateful and enthusiastic. For $50 you could get multiple years or multiple magazines.

      1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: marilees May 27, 2009 05:41 PM

        "Herings Dictionary of Classical and Modern Cookery", unbeleivable and indispensible reference book for anyone serious about professional cooking.

        ISBN 3-8057-0244-2

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          Nyleve RE: marilees May 28, 2009 04:47 PM

          A really good bottle of balsamic vinegar; a 5 lb. hunk of Callebaut chocolate; a subscription to an organic food box for a few months; a lb. or so of vanilla beans - basically some lavish ingredient that he might not buy for himself. I wouldn't get any "tools" because I suspect he probably already has what he likes to use OR knows exactly what he wants when he's ready to buy it.

          1. stricken RE: marilees May 28, 2009 11:54 PM

            All Clad 10 inch sautee pan. It will cost a little more than $50 but it is worth it. You can never have too many pans.

            1. Michelly RE: marilees May 29, 2009 08:57 AM

              Or a gift card to the local restaurant supply store, gourmet store, or wine shop.
              I also recommend a copy of "Heat (An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-makeer, and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany" by Bill Buford. VERY entertaining!!

              1. scubadoo97 RE: marilees May 29, 2009 01:02 PM

                You can get a Thermapen for around $70. It's a wonderful tool.

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                  marilees RE: marilees May 29, 2009 09:56 PM

                  Thanks, everyone, for all these great suggestions! I have a couple weeks to go, and I'll let you know what I decide on.

                  1. Fritter RE: marilees May 30, 2009 05:16 AM

                    A copy of McGee or Larousse.



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