When you spend all afternoon baking, you want the fruits of your labor to have a fancy place to rest, right? I love this cookie jar, and it would go well in any kitchen. As a perk, I hear having a cookie jar in your kitchen makes you feel guilty when it's not full, so pick this up for your foodie roomie if you want to benefit from the guilt trip.
12-inch Le Creuset Pan
The NY Times ran an article on this pan before I was much of a Dining & Wine section reader, but luckily for me the Le Creuset outlet had a printout for me to see. The article was enough to make me buy this pan, and trust me, it lives up to all the NYT hype. It's the best non-stick pan I've ever used, and it's teflon free. Unlike other cast iron pans, this one doesn't rust. It's my biggest saute pan too, which makes it even more ideal. This gift would make any cook a Le Creuset convert, if they aren't already.
Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day
You can't get any fresher than bread that comes out of your own oven. Peter Reinhart is a bread-baking genius, and this book shows you how to make artisan breads that are easy enough to have every day. I scored a copy of this cookbook from the library and it will turn you into a carboholic. In this book he tweaked his pizza dough recipe, and trust me, it's even better than the original godsend. The recipes are foolproof and your special foodie friend will thank you for demystifying bread making.
Salter Digital Scale
Buying this digital scale changed my baking destiny forever. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but it does make your baking better by increasing the accuracy of your measurements AND it makes your baking and cleanup easier by allowing you to just weigh the ingredients in a bowl. Win-win. This is the one we have, and it converts from grams to ounces easily, has an easy-to-clean surface, and works like a dream. This is one scale that it is acceptable to wrap and put under the tree.
212 Oval Platter
For the New York-lover in your life this 212 platter is fun and practical. From my experience, you never know how many platters you need until it's too late and your guests are about to arrive. The more platters the bette,r in my experience. Plus, unlike bowls, these actually stack in a reasonable fashion. This fun gift is inexpensive too, which is good if you are buying the $140 pan above.