With the holidays just around the corner, we asked some top tastemakers in the food community to curate their own gift guides from our collection. Check back for more Gifts with Taste and start making your own gift list!
Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton are the cooks behind the Canal House, a workshop devoted to good ideas and good work in the world of food. Every day they cook, write and photograph in their New Jersey studio alongside a historic canal for their cookbook series Canal House Cooking. Read on for their top gift picks!
1. Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven: We both have Le Creuset cookware that we have had for years, and are partial to the classic Flame color. This pieces is the Big Daddy of Dutch ovens that you will use when you cook for a crowd of friends and family — think cassoulet, daubes, chili, or braising a whole brisket. It makes an unforgettable gift for your favorite cook (even if that means you)!
2. Williams-Sonoma Confiture Dish Towel: We have a casual style at Canal House. We buy these linen dishtowels by the dozen and use them for cooking, as napkins, and even place mats on our big farm table.
3. Cooks’ Tools: If we had to choose, these would be our must-have cooking utensils: The thin, flexible fish spatula can flip the lightest flapjack or turn a double-cut pork chop. Stirring with the sauté spoon, with its flat, squared-off front, helps keep things from burning, and can scrape up the tasty brown bits on the bottom of a pan. This sturdy beech wood spoon is our favorite. It stirs without scratching nonstick pans, and stirring with a wooden spoon feels timeless.
4. Apilco Tres Grande Plates: These white porcelain plates and soup plates are like a crisp white linen shirt—they just make everything look “dressier” and more appetizing! When we first started Canal House we invested in twenty-four of each of these. They were worth every penny.
5. Komin Fry Pan: We love the heat-retaining qualities traditional cast iron, so when we saw this sleek, lightweight, beautifully designed Japanese fry pan we put it right at the top of our wish list. With a non-stick coating, it will be the first pan we reach for.