The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg is the kind of place you go to pick up one thing and then end up leaving with five. Or six. Or 15. The full-service kitchen store has everything you’d ever need to make your kitchen a place of joy and wonder, including a selection of cookbooks, tableware, knives, baking supplies, artisan products from around the city and the world, and a small but excellent grocery section. The store is also home two test kitchens where guest chefs teach a wide array of classes from knife skills to piemaking to Vietnamese street food. If you can’t find gifts for the cooks on your list who have it all, just go for a gift certificate for a class–there’s sure to be something coming up soon that intrigues. However, we think you’re sure to find something in the suggestions below, or in-store, that will surprise and delight.
This Friedrich Dick knife, ($129.99) is modeled on a classic 1905 design–it’s totally bauhaus and perfect for your design-obsessed, kitchen gear-obsessed friend.
Give the gift of superior piemaking skills with How to Build a Better Pie, ($24.99) by Millicent Souris, in-house pie teacher and resident short crust expert at the Brooklyn Kitchen. Millicent has cooked in some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants and the book is full of step-by-step instructions and sweet and savory recipes. Throw in a super cute pie bird ($3-$10) or add a stoneware bowl ($15-$40). These rustic bowls can be used for anything from making pie crust to serving your favorite salad; they come in 6-, 8-, 10-, or 12-inch diameters.
If you’re traveling home for the holidays you may want to pick up a round stainless steel flask ($25-$30) for yourself, or as a gift for your little brother or your brother-in-law. They’re small, discreet, and they keep the party going.
For someone super special, don’t overlook Balconville Cider Vinegar ($49.99). This vinegar is made from a selection of late apples, picked in a Montérégie region orchard. Fermented in barrels without ullage, the taste of this vinegar has three distinct phases that draw on the natural purity of the sugars, tannins and acids of the apple. It’s as fancy and special as it sounds–get it because they deserve it.
For a less spendy brand of oh-my-god deliciousness, check out rare Rare Bird Preserves ($8.99 for 8 oz.). Whether you’re talking stocking stuffers, Christmas morning breakfast, or a filling for a tart, both the Pear Vanilla Pinot Blanc and Meyer Lemon Curd are too good.