Pretty Simple Gift Guide – Gifts for Novice Cooks Edition

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For as long as I can remember, I have loved to cook. When I was a kid, it was like magic turning basic ingredients into my favorite meal of BBQ Pork Chops and Mac and Cheese. That said, I know many others who are either ambivalent or intimidated by the kitchen. This Pretty Simple Gift Guide – Gifts for Novice Cooks.You can also check our shoppable board on Pinterest.

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 Ottolenghi’s Masterpieces – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

By now, you might know that I love Mideastern flavors. Ottolenghi’s cookbooks are what are referneced the most in my house. He will have you buying some unique herbs, but its worth it. 

  1. Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi (Hardcover)
  2. Jerusalem: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
  3. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (Hardcover)
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 Two of the Classics  – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

Before you become a Master Chef, you have to find your style. What better way than to cook your way through two of the best-selling cookbooks in the modern age?

The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics (Hardcover)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking: The 40th-Anniversary Edition, Volume One by Julia Child

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 Potential Classics – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

I have to admit that I am a nerd and love the science of cooking. The second and fourth book is focused on that. The first and third are more focused on pretty and yummy dishes.

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 Basic Utensils  – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

I mean, you can’t cook without utensils, right? I have learned that it is worth it to spend a little more and get a higher quality product. Makes more sense to spend $15 once instead of $8 three times.

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With these items, you will be able to make most basic recipes. Make sure that you get a wok, as a stir-fry is a great way to use veggies that are about to go bad and is a quick and inexpensive weekday meal.

Appliances appliances – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

   

Baking – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》
Grilling – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》
Odds and Ends – Gifts for Novice Cooks. 《Click the Image to Go to Shoppable Pinterest Board》

 
Think that I missed anything? Tried any of these? Please let me know in the comments. Also, please tag  your pictures of you using the items #PrettySimpleTreats on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, even Google+ and we will feature you on our social media feeds.

Keepin’ it Pretty & Simple,
Monti

P.S. – If you are looking for more  inspiration, check out our other 2016 Gift Guides:

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By Monti Lawson

Hello, I am Monti and half of the team for www.itsaprettysimplelife.com. Currently living in New York City, but raised pretty much in Virginia Beach, VA. By day, I am a freelance consultant for nonprofits. At night, you can find me trying to infuse vodka, playing with cocktails, gardening, or trying as many new cuisines as I can find. Longing to spend a year traveling through Asia.

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