Simply Recipes 2018 Gift Guide: For the New Cook

Let Simply Recipes help you make gift-giving a breeze this year with our Gift Guide for the New Home Cook! Featuring stellar gifts chosen by our editorial team, crossing people off your list has never been easier.

Shopping for the new home cook can be a daunting task, so we've put our heads together to come up with ten stellar gifts that get the most play in our kitchens.

From the best food processor to a workhorse waffle maker (oh, and did we mention the Instant Pot?), outfitting the new home kitchen (or just upgrading the existing one) just got a whole lot easier!

  • Cuisinart Food Processor

    This countertop appliance may seem like a splurge for someone just starting out, but if you buy this for a loved one, chances are he or she will instantly find at least half a dozen uses for it. A lifelong kitchen staple!

    Buy it: Cuisinart Pro 11-Cup Food Processor, $165 from Amazon

  • Instant Pot Ultra (6 Qt)

    While it may seem like yet another gadget, the Instant Pot has quickly become one of our favorite kitchen saviors. From delicious refried beans and the best hardboiled eggs to quick curries and carnitas, the new cook is sure to fall in love with this indispensable appliance.

    Buy it: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart, $140 from Amazon

  • Stainless Steel Saute Pan

    We love giving this sturdy pan to people who are just discovering their love of cooking and seeing their eyes light up. It'll last a lifetime, and can be used for everything from skillet dinners and stove-top braises to fruit cobblers and roast chicken!

    Buy it: Stainless Clad Saute Pan, $139 from MadeIn

  • Belgian Waffle Maker

    Weekend mornings get a major upgrade with this stainless steel Belgian Waffle Maker! We love the adjustable temperature control, and the fact that you can remove and easily wash the plates.

    Buy it: Breville Smart Waffle Pro, $279 from Williams-Sonoma

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  • OXO Mandoline Slicer

    Slicing and julienning is a breeze with this simple-to-use mandolin. With four different blades and a color-coded thickness adjuster, this is a great starter mandolin for your favorite home cook!

    Buy it: OXO Mandoline Slicer, $43 from OXO

  • Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

    A classic for a reason, a good cast iron skillet is a must for the new cook in your life. Up for almost any kitchen task, this beauty will sauté, sear, pan fry, and stir fry like no other. It's also oven safe, so you can bake your favorite fruit crumble or cheesy frittata with ease.

    Buy it: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, $30 from Amazon

  • Wusthof Chef's Knife

    A chef's knife is a very personal thing, and this one has never let us down. An 8-inch knife is a great all-purpose size for dicing, chopping, and mincing and we've found the Wusthof to be the ultimate reliable workhorse.

    Buy it: Wusthof 8-Inch Chef's Knife, $130 from Amazon

  • Cotton Striped Dish Towels

    Absorbent, long-lasting and pretty darn attractive, a nice set of kitchen towels is something no one loves to buy for themselves ... and yet, they're one thing we all use everyday. You can't go wrong with this choice!

    Buy it: Cotton Striped Dish Towels, $13 from Amazon

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  • Boos Cutting Board

    A good cutting board is something many of us reach for daily, and this Boos beauty is reversible, easy to clean and made from your choice of maple, cherry, or walnut. Durable, useful and downright easy on the eyes, too.

    Buy it: Boos Cutting Board, $43 from Amazon