Gift idea for someone that likes to cook?
My brothers b-day is coming up and he is the type of person that has everything. He has recently started getting into cooking so he doesn't have a lot of cookware! He loves to cook soups,stews, with occasional baking of bread or cookies. I want to give him like the best of any type of cookware that you find extremely necessary when in the kitchen. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance.
I agree as well. if that's not an option, for cookware I would go something along the lines of a Staub or Le Creuset stock pot.
For a non cookware idea I would give him a series of cooking classes. If he just starting out and intro to braising, roasting or a cuisine he likes could be a lot if fun as well as educational.
If your brother has already mentioned/hinted what he likes, then you could considering getting those. Cookware can be personal. So you don't want to get someone a carbon steel fry pan when he actuallys want a stainless steel cladded cookware.
Some safe choices are:
A good cutting board
A sharpening stone
A pressure cooker -- I find that people are less picky about a pressure cooker than a fry pan
A toaster oven
They're pricey, but a good quality enameled cast iron French Oven is one of the best gifts I've ever received. Le Creuset is usually one of the first choices, but there are others.
On a more basic level, he might also appreciate a quality saute pan or a really good quality knife (set?). Ouch! I just remembered what the reaction was when I bought my mother a steak knife set years ago. I never knew that knives were considered 'ungiftable' by some people............. so maybe that's not such a good idea.......... though she WAS of a different generation.