Gift Guide for a Food Science Enthusiast

We've got the perfect list of gifts for you, if you're looking for a gift for someone (could be yourself 😉 ) who loves food & science and who:

  • Will actually use that ice cream or bread baking machine;
  • Loves to figure out how stuff works and dedicate time to it;
  • Appreciates that special cookbook which teaches them something completely new;
  • Actually reads the explanations of how or why a recipe works;
  • Might possibly already have all of the stuff in the list, but let's be honest, will always be able to use an extra spatula or trivet;
  • Doesn't buy stuff because it's fancy, but because they want to use it;
  • Wouldn't mind if it's second hand! (so don't restrict yourself to new stuff)
  • Will save to buy the good stuff, instead of buying cheap, only finding out it's ruined after there zillionth weird experiment.

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Books

On Food and Cooking - science book

ON FOOD AND COOKING

If your beloved food scientist doesn’t already own this, better get it first!

REVIEW / BUY

Molecular gastronomy - science book

MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY

A bunch of short ‘stories’ on interesting phenomena in food.

BUY

brilliant bread - cookbook

BRILLIANT BREAD

If he or she wants to apply their science on bread!

REVIEW / BUY

The Curry Guy - cookbook

THE CURRY GUY

Looking for a new cuisine to understand and explain? This books gives you a good intro to (British) Indian cuisine.

REVIEW / BUY

Greek cookbook

GREEK

We’re big fans of Masterchef Australia (a great way to learn more about food), this is the cookbook of one of the presenters, has great modern Greek recipes.

BUY

The Food Lab - science book

THE FOOD LAB

Not our favorite to be honest, barely used it, but if you’re looking for ‘perfect’ recipes of all sorts it might be the book for you.

BUY

book cover sweet yotam ottolenghi

SWEET

Probably our favorite cookbook ever. Great, new recipes, with surprisingly good flavour combinations and instructions.

REVIEW / BUY

Plenty book cover

PLENTY

We love Sweet more, but this is a great cookbook centered all around vegetables.

REVIEW / BUY

Equipment

Equipment tends to be a more expensive gift, so be sure to check that your food science enthusiast is really into whatever you’re giving.

ice cream machine

ICE CREAM MACHINE

Ice cream is probably one of the nicest foods to do experiments with, faster cooling, slower, with inclusions, new flavours or colours.

BUY (Europe)

Kitchenaid stand mixer

KITCHENAID STAND MIXER

Took us >5 years of doubting to finally buy one, been worth every penny! Use it for bread baking experiments.

BUY

food processor

FOOD PROCESSOR

Because if you live with a food science enthusiast you’d like to reduce the number of tools in your kitchen. This one blends, cuts, slices, grates, mixes, etc.

BUY

Joule

SOUS VIDE COOKING

This small and handy tool is still on our wish list, would love to try it.

BUY

Instapot

PRESSURE COOKING

Still on our wishlist, haven’t yet found one that meets our budget & criteria, but have read a lot of good reviews on the Instapot.

BUY

Cast-iron

Because even though it might require extra care and effort, that’s exactly what your food science enthusiast loves. Figuring out how best to take care of it is part of the fun. What’s more, these things last a life time and they are super versatile! We happen to be Lodge fans, but there’s more choice out there of course.

cast-iron braising pan

PANS

This large one can be used for baking breads, deep frying, soups, etc. A small frying pan always comes in handy as well.

BUY

lodge cast-iron bread pan

BREAD PAN

For those scientists exploring the science of bread baking, but of course, to be used for any sciency experiment with the shape of a loaf.

BUY

lodge cast-iron grill + griddle

GRIDDLE + GRILL IN ONE

To bake pizza’s, make a pancake or bacon + eggs breakfast, prep your hamburger feast and the list goes on.

BUY

Tools

No need to go expensive! There are plenty small things that make the life of a food science enthusiast so much easier.

thermometer

THERMOMETER

Can’t do no good science without great measuring devices! Essential for candy making.

IKEA SELLS THIS ONE

spatulas

SPATULAS

Essential for mixing, cleaning, scraping and any other food sciency kitchen task. Make sure they’re heat resistant!

BUY

glass storage containers

GLASS STORAGE CONTAINERS

To store all those experiments and to not forget what’s inside there!

OUR FAVORITES ARE FROM IKEA

 

measuring teaspoons

MEASURING SPOONS

You want to be precise and normal weighing scales won’t work well for these small quantities!

BUY

whisk

WHISK

To mix all those weird batters a good STURDY whisk is essential. No clue where we found ours, but don’t get a thin wiry one please.

trivet

TRIVETS

Better have plenty of these to place your cakes, breads, hot pans, etc. anywhere you need.

THESE FROM IKEA WORK PERFECTLY

 

Last but not least: what you shouldn’t buy

Just like with any gift giving, don’t give gift just for the sake of giving gifts. At least that’s our opinion, that cool little garlic slicer or that one handy dandy tool to peel just that one specific fruit, there’s not a lot of people that will be happier after having that (except of course, if your special person happens to be a huge fan of that specific fruit). Also, for the food science enthusiast in your life, a kitchen is there to be used, as is the stuff inside, so don’t buy:

  • Expensive sets of cutlery and plates, chances are these will be used for all sorts of experiments, not a good idea.
  • Really, anything that can’t handle a creative mind at work in the kitchen ;-).
  • That little cookbook with a random collection of topics, you food science enthusiast will be happier with a specific in-depth cookbook or science book.

That said, you know your food enthusiast best, so use that knowledge to come up with that brilliant gift!

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