FOOD IS LOVE: These Valentine’s Day gifts will satisfy any home cook

As Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best of people.” I’ll make one small addition to that: people who love to cook, especially to others, aren’t half bad either. If your Valentine fancies himself a home chef or hopes to improve his cooking skills, consider yourself lucky because there are probably some Delicious stuff in your future. If you want to encourage their culinary endeavors, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day gifts for someone who cooks.

While this gift guide is meant to inspire and provide suggestions for kitchen gear we’ve tried and loved, it’s a good idea to first stock up on your gifting cookware inventory. If they already splurged on excellent pots and pans, they may not want or need any more. If they don’t, you can bet we’ve tested everything out Cookware sets to Dutch ovensAnd Chef’s knivesAnd rice cookers
And Submersible blenders To find the best in the kitchen. We’ve also looked for a place where you can find a The best niche components online or top Pre-made delicacies from Goldbelly’s A sprawling online marketplace.

Obtained from our tirelessly tested best of lists and our ongoing hands-on research and mouth-to-mouth, these are the best Valentine’s Day gifts for my home cook this year.


There are plenty of high-quality Dutch ovens to choose from—Le Creuset, Staub, and Vermicular—but the Milo enameled pot has a very simple look. It also works out at a palatable $125 for a 3.5-quart size. Compare that with luxuryrench and Japanese brands that are likely to cost you nearly three times as much.

Milo comes in 10 gorgeous colors and makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the enameled cast iron short pot chef.

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To eat beef, wagyu really he Worth the hype. This rich marbled beef tenderloin of dynamic flavor can cost some serious pennies, which is why a bundle is the most economical way to buy it. Snake Riverarms specializes in the stuff and you can secure this package with two steaks, two sirloin steaks, two dogs and two beef brisket for $179. This may sound like a lot – and it is – but wait till you try it.


For the recipe hawk, having a dedicated kitchen tablet holder is key. This stylish unit also doubles as a cookbook holder for whatever analog feeds they have from yesteryear.


If you’re going to gift someone an air fryer, and I highly recommend it if they don’t have one, make it a model with a little aesthetic flair. The Galanz 4.8L Airryer Cooker puffs up all your air fryer favorites – wings, carrots, fish fillets – and does it with style.


If you’re ready to splurge, and I mean really splurge, the new GE Profile smart blender with built-in technology and auto-sensing that senses when you need more or less oomph, is a baller’s gift to a baker in 2023. CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt got to try out the smart blender at CES when It was unveiled at the mega tech show, and has since been called a “very big deal.” Now, it’s fully available to the public and can be purchased exclusively at Crate & Barrel.

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This might be the most attractive smart garden we’ve come across and it’s impossibly easy to use. Baby greens are popular for their role as appetizers, but this baby vegetable is packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Ingarden has LED grow lights and a reservoir for water that is dripped into the soilless seed pads. In about seven days, you’ll have a crunchy vegetable to use in salads, sandwiches, and a host of other applications. Sleek, simple, and clean, the indoor planter is made of ceramic and steel and matches basically any window or bookshelf for a welcome green look. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift if your loved one would like to have a little more freshness in their daily meal planning. Read my full review of Ingarden here.

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My dad bought it for me and my three brothers Cast iron skillets for last year’s holidays. While I’m grateful, I wish it was this one, which is lighter than your average cast iron skillet (our skillets were an addition to our bags back home). This dish is non-stick and makes an excellent serving dish for something like a large chocolate chip cookie. And it’s very nice to look at.

If you want something lighter but equally equipped to handle the high heat of cooking steaks and other meats, try our favorites. Made of blue carbon steel ($89).

Sur La Table

This is a smaller plate perfect for serving cheese and charcuterie on date night at home. The natural grain patterns in olive wood are undeniably beautiful and so is the price; Only $17 for an Italian-made cheese board. Add them to a gift box or basket with soft cheese and a bottle of wine for a wow factor your Valentine is sure to love.

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If there’s one chef whose cookbooks we can’t stop reading over the past few years, it’s Yotam Ottolenghi. The Israeli-born British chef and restaurateur is a flavor expert with an emphasis on vegetarian cooking.

In their latest edition,lavor, Ottolenghi and author Ixta Belfrage honed in on the process and technique for unimaginably delicious recipes like coconut dal, eggplant dumplings and chickpea fritters with pickled mango yogurt. Accessible, exotic flavors make this book one of the most ideal Valentine’s Day gift options.


I don’t know who Melinda is but she makes some great sauces. Many of these dips and seasonings have good heat, although they don’t cause tears, but are also built with complex flavors that make them hot sauces suitable for the real chef or foodie. I was crushing hard on habanero honey mustard; And spicy garlic parmesan all year round. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day food gift, sample in a gift box of six sauces for $40, and spice up your relationship.

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


I’m lucky enough to have an Italian market 1 street away that sells fresh pasta. My snooty self can never go back to the dehydrated packaged stuff. You can send any 4 pounds of fresh pasta from Raffetto’s in New York (via Goldbelly) for $30.

Choose from five different cuts including linguini and pappardelle, and seven different recipes like classic eggs, or add more adventurous varieties like paprika with lemon or rosemary. Whatever you don’t use in the first few days can be frozen and thawed later.

Blue Apron Market

You may not use a tiny 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 the way you want them. Shun is a world-class supplier of Japanese steel, and the sleek 6-inch Sora utility blade will be a welcome addition to any chef’s block.

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The first step is to make sure she likes truffles before buying them – because they aren’t cheap. Most of us regular folk don’t cook with or eat truffles on a regular basis, so scoring a few ounces for your Valentine to shave over pasta or risotto will be a great treat.

Bonus: you might enjoy it, too.

Porter Road

Does the meat box strike you as an odd Valentine’s Day gift? Well, it shouldn’t — unless your partner is a vegetarian, I guess. The best of Porter Road’s Box is a treasure trove of high-quality cuts including 2 dry-aged steaks, 2-pound pork tenderloin, 2 pounds dry-aged ground beef, 1-pound bacon, country sausage, and chorizo. rom there, the possibilities are endless.