These hot Valentine’s Day gifts are perfect for a home cook.


If your valentine shows her love by regularly preparing tasty dishes, send her some love back in the form of flashy new kitchen utensils or fancy ingredients for cooking. If the fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, then you can give your loved one the perfect Valentine’s day gift without ever (mentally) leaving the kitchen. Kitchen utensils and food gifts for Valentine’s Day are great ways to say you appreciate whoever feeds you. But don’t tear out any old frying pan: your loved one deserves something also special with which to slice, dice, simmer and sauté.

The best Valentine’s Day gift for a home chef will be the one they use, but you don’t have to be all-out utilitarian with your choices. Maybe they own a chef’s knife that they love, but might appreciate a special blade to add to the collection. And a chef with the equipment will still enjoy fine products such as fresh pasta or good cuts of meat. It’s not just wine, cheese and chocolate in Valentine’s Day food gifts, although these treats are always welcome.

The best thing about buying the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook is the sheer number of gift options you have, from practical to great. I spend much of the year testing the latest cookware, cookware, and ingredients, as well as those tried-and-true staples that every chef should own.

This Valentine’s Day, check out this gift guide to treat someone who loves to cook.


It’s perhaps the most attractive smart garden we’ve come across and it’s incredibly easy to use. Microgreens are best known for their role as starter garnish, but these baby greens are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Ingarden has LED grow lights and a reservoir for water which is drained into the soilless seed pads. In about seven days, you’ll have bushy microgreens to use for salads, sandwiches, and a host of other applications. The sleek, simple and clean indoor grower is crafted from ceramic and steel and fits on virtually any windowsill or shelf for a welcome splash of green. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift if your loved one wants to enjoy some extra freshness in their daily meal planning.

See our full review of the Ingarden here.

blue apron

My dad bought me and my three siblings cast iron skillets for the holidays last year. While I’m grateful, I wish it had been this one, which is lighter than the average cast iron skillet (ours were quite the addition to our suitcases when we got home). This one is non-stick and makes a great serving dish for something like a large chocolate chip cookie. And it’s so beautiful to look at.

If you want something even lighter but equally equipped to handle high heat for cooking steaks and other meats, try our favorite Made In Blue Carbon Steel Skillet ($89).

On the table

This is a perfect little board for serving cheese and charcuterie on date night at home. The olive’s natural grain patterns are undeniably beautiful, as is the price; only $17 for the Italian made cheese platter. Add it to a gift box or basket with some fine cheese and a bottle of wine for a wow effect your valentine is sure to love.

Ten speed press

If there’s one chef whose cookbooks we’ve been leafing through in recent years, it’s Yotam Ottolenghi. The Israeli-born British chef and restaurateur is a master of flavor with a focus on plant-based cuisine.

In its latest release, Flavor, Ottolenghi, and author Ixta Belfrage focus on process and technique for incredibly tasty recipes like coconut dal, eggplant dumplings, and chickpea pancakes with yogurt. with mango and pickle. Exotic flavors made accessible, this book is one of the most perfect Valentine’s Day gift options.

by Melinda

I don’t know who Melinda is, but she makes great sauces. Many of these dips and condiments have a good heat, but don’t induce tears, but they’re also built with complex flavors that make them hot sauces worthy of a true chef or food fan. I’ve been in love with the Habanero Honey Mustard and Spicy Garlic Parmesan cheese all year. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day food gift, you can carry in a gift box a sample of six sauces for $40 and spice up your relationship.


Who says oven mitts can’t be stylish? These smarter mitts have built-in magnets (!) to place them on the fridge or grill to keep them together when not in use.

June oven

The June isn’t cheap, but it’s the smartest oven out there. It preheats lightning fast, has a built-in meat thermometer to track the internal temperature of meats and fish, and offers hundreds of recipes and cooking programs that nail everything from chicken and whole roast vegetables to bacon. and eggs. (Yes, there is an actual egg setting.)

Not smart enough yet? The June has internal cameras that recognize foods like bread, bagels and broccoli to suggest cooking times and temperatures as they come in from the interactive control panel. This oven cuts tons of corners for a regular home chef, leaving him more time to nail a pan sauce or have a second glass of wine.


There are many quality Dutch ovens to choose from – Le Creuset, Staub, Vermicular – but Milo’s enamel pot has a very distinct minimalist look. It also costs $135 for the 5.5 quart and $110 for the 3.5 quart. Compare that with those French and Japanese luxury brands that will probably cost you three times as much.

The Milo is available in 10 great colors and makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a chef who lacks an enameled cast iron pan.

belly of gold

I’m lucky to have an Italian market a block away that sells fresh pasta. My snobby self just can’t go back to canned dried stuff. You can send pasta-loving Valentine 4 pounds of freshly made pasta at Raffetto in New York (via Goldbelly) for $25.

Choose from five different cuts including linguini and pappardelle and seven different recipes like the classic egg or add more adventurous varieties like lemony red pepper or rosemary. Anything they don’t use in the early days can be frozen and thawed for later.

Blue Apron Market

You might not use a small knife every time you crack a recipe, but having a good, precise utility blade for small, intricate cuts is huge, especially when slicing fish, tomatoes, and other soft foods. exactly as you want. Shun is a world-class Japanese steel supplier, and their sleek 6-inch Sora utility blade would be a welcome addition to any chef’s block.


The first step is to make sure they like the truffles before buying them, because they are not cheap. Most of us normal people don’t cook with truffles or eat them on a regular basis, so scoring a few ounces for your valentine to shave on pasta or risotto will be a major treat.

Bonus: you could also benefit from it.

Porter Road

Does a can of meat seem like a weird Valentine’s Day gift to you? Well, it shouldn’t – unless your partner is vegan, I guess. Porter Road’s Best of the Box is a treasure trove of quality cuts including two dry-aged rib eye steaks, two pork chops, 2 pounds of dry-aged ground beef and 1 pound of bacon, country sausage and of chorizo. From there, the possibilities are endless.

On the table

Staub is loved enough not to have to be modest, and Chowhounds is one of many fans of his “Perfect Pan.” It can be used for sautéing, pan-frying, braising, sautéing and more, on the stovetop or in the oven. And the included rack lets you steam, keep food warm, or drain grease. The glass lid is also oven safe. Definitely seems to live up to its promise.


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