A friend introduced me to this funky device and it truly is the best way to peel garlic. This rubbery tube is about five inches long and goes in the dishwasher. Stick a clove of garlic in there, roll it, and the shell breaks off! Quicker (and safer) than smashing cloves with the back of a knife. Amazon has it for $7.99.
The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is my go-to cookbook for EVERYTHING. Seriously, folks, if I could only keep one cookbook, I would shun my grandmother’s copy of The Joy of Cooking for this tome. The detailed directions and breadth of recipes win me over every time. Amazon has it for $23.07 (orig. $35).
If you want to give something lighter (literally), check out the Frugal Foodie Cookbook, which I reviewed weeks ago after making scones. The recipes are fun, easy, and avoid waste. Amazon has it for $10.85 (orig. $16).
The Quick & Healthy Cookbook Volume II offers help for people who don’t have enough time to cook healthy. It is part diet book and part cookbook. The first 77 pages are devoted to helping you trim calories, plan healthy meals, and generally educate yourself about eating well. I love that everything is explained so well and that there is room to take notes. Amazon has it for $12.89 (orig $19).
Where’s your head? Have fun in the kitchen with three gingerbread cookie cutters that are missing an arm, leg, and head. This fun novelty gift will make your guests laugh or lurch. A set of three are $12. Get 20 percent off from Nov. 25 – Dec. 6 using code HOLIDAY09. Buy it!
If you want to go lower: gift card to Amazon.com.