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Nov 20, 2009 10:02 AM

Gift suggestion for a Middle East/Indian cook?

My nephew's wife has gotten heavily into Middle Eastern and Far East Indian cooking, and I'd like to get her some kind of kitchen appliance as a Christmas gift (she has a LOT of cookbooks). The first thing that came to mind was a tagine, the problem being they live in a small apartment with little storage and that's the kind of thing that takes up space and can only be used for one very limited purpose.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Willing to spend up to $100 or so.

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  1. You are very thoughtful. I think a nice spice box (masala dabba) is probably more practical because middle eastern and Indian foods do use a lot of spice and it is really useful for other situations. In addition, a spice box is to save space and not take up space, so that solve your concern. The problem is: she may already have one.

    I mean something like this, but not specifically this:

    I think they look beautiful with spices in it.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Got this nice indian spice box, masala dabba, yesterday from a friend. Organized my spices inside. Now it is my special aroma therapy box (!). It is definitely a good gift. I am very pleased.

    2. She would surely welcome a gift certificate to Kalustyan's, one of the great purveyors of ME/FE cooking equipment & spices. They have *everything*!

      1. I'm not sure if you can get a decent one for $100, but I would think a pressure cooker would lend itself well to this type of cooking, and it's an all-around excellent time-saving device for anyone who cooks a lot.

        1. I cook Middle Eastern food a lot, and I think that the Kalustyans suggestions is spot on.

          1. These are both great suggestions ... in fact, I may end up doing both!

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            1. re: maxzook

              :) There are actually three suggestions.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                And thus the mystery ... which one is he *not* doing? ;p

                1. re: maxzook

                  Ha ha ha. You are funny. Anyway, have fun shopping for your nephew wife. Maybe if you buy her a really great gift, she will constantly invite you to sample her cooking from hereafter.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Given that I live in L.A. and she lives in Columbus, OH, the invitation would be unlikely (although appreciated in spirit).