Gift ideas for the cook in your life

Maybe it's your dad's Saturday morning pancakes, your wife's famous lasagna, or a slice of grandma's killer apple pie. Whatever the dish, whoever the person, there's sure to be a cook in your life that needs thanking this holiday season.

Stir It Up's foodie gift guide has something for everyone, from the organic gardner-turned chef, to the beloved baker, to the tech-savvy cook. Give a gadget that makes life in the kitchen simpler, a funny food-themed stocking stuffer, or a special appliance someone wouldn't normally buy themselves. 

Use our gift guide to shower one chef with a kitchen full of surprises, or to find a little something for every cook in your life this year.

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Maricruz Rivas, 16, cuts rolled up dough into cinnamon rolls in Fort Payne, Ala. Fort Payne High School's culinary lab in November.

Must-have gadgets: Microplanes
Microplanes make tricky jobs like zesting and grating more efficient.

Take the work out of zesting and grating with handy microplanes. is the place to go. Their premium set of three microplaners, for $39.95, are made for grating soft cheese, fruit, and vegetables. All are made with stainless steel blades and are dishwasher safe.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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