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Top 10 Gourmet Cooking Gift Ideas for Women

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Know a woman who loves to cook? Here are some gift ideas for the special woman in your life that will make her smile, kitchen tools and equipment that are not only fun to use but truly useful. Not only will you be remembered for your thoughtful gift every time she uses it in the kitchen, but you will most likely be the recipient of many delicious treats in the future.

1. Shun Multi Chef Knife

Every cook needs a good knife. The Ken Onion Chef Knife from Shun is as functional as it is beautiful. Great balance and an ergonomic handle complement the cool looking blade. The blade has a Damascus-style look but is actually VG-10 steel clad with 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel. What all those numbers mean is that the blade won't rust, it'll stick less, and it's super sharp. About $190
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2. Pink KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart 325 Watts Stand Mixer (Cook for the Cure)

A stand mixer is a nice tool to have in the kitchen. They're great for mixing batters, whipping eggs, kneading doughs, and dozens of other tasks. KitchenAid is a quality brand that you can trust. Their mixers also have a nice attachment feature so you can add accessories like a pasta maker, meat grinder, slicer, etc. This pink model is part of KitchenAid's Cook for the Cure Collection. For every purchase, KitchenAid will donate $50 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. About $240
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3. Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Double Boiler

Double boilers are great for melting or cooking things that are susceptible to burning or curdling like chocolate and cream sauces. This one from Calphalon is designed to fit both 2.5- and 4.5-quart Calphalon Sauce Pans but would fit other pans as well. This double boiler has a tulip shape with indentations that create a very even heating. Hard-anodized construction with non-stick interior. Stay-cool handles. About $40
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4. Olivewood Herb and Spice Mill

Very common in kitchens in France, herb mills allow you to grind dried herbs at the last minute to bring out the flavor. This mill is a very nice example imported from France. You can grind herbs or spices by twisting the top or add whole herbs by pushing down on the top button. Comes filled with 4 ounces of Herbes de Provence. About $20

5. Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender

Hand blenders, also called stick blenders or immersion blenders, are wonderful tools for pureeing soups, mixing drinks, and blending things that don't require the size of a big food processor. The Smartstick is a really powerful tool (200 watts) that will give you a lot of flexibility. Great for pureeing a batch of gazpacho, it's also strong enough to chop up hard cheeses and ice. Comes with a lot of useful attachments and comes in tons of cool colors. About $35

6. Gaggia 60-oz. Baby Twin Espresso Machine

A very hip and shiny espresso machine designed from Italian maker Gaggia. The Baby Twin is a powerful machine that makes great espresso but won't take up a lot of space in your kitchen. Great for making espresso, cappuccino, or any specialty coffee, this Gaggia uses standard ESE pods OR ground coffee. All metal construction except for the drip pan and reservoir. The top of the machine is a cup warmer and allows you stack up to five espresso cups there. About $650

7. Raclette Tabletop Grill

Popular in Europe, a raclette is a tabletop grill that allows you to cook vegetables and meats at the table. Cheese (traditionally Raclette, of course) is melted in special holders below the grill and poured over the grilled veggies or meat. Great for entertaining! About $60-$100
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8. Donvier Electric Yogurt Maker

Homemade yogurt is so much better when you make it yourself. This electric yogurt maker from Donvier makes the process a snap. Just heat up some milk, add starter (available in health food stores) or some commercial yogurt, pour the mixture into the bottles, set the timer, and wait. About $40

9. Chantal 13-pc. 5-Function Fondue Set

Fondue parties are all the craze these days. This fondue set from Chantal is really nice. It includes a 2 quart stainless steel pot and a 1 1/2 quart porcelain insert for cheese or chocolate. Utensils for 6 guests. About $100

10. Marble Rolling Pin

Once you use a marble rolling pin, you'll never go back to wood. These things are wonderful. No more sticking dough! Very well made. About $20
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