5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Cooks from TableFare

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TableFare suggests five great spice-inspired holiday gift ideas for cooks.


Everyone loves modern gadgetry, but grinding spices by hand is elementally enjoyable.

In addition to cooking technique and main ingredients, spices are essential in capturing the flavor essence of particular cuisines. Spices are also one of the easiest ways to add creativity and personal flair to everyday cooking. A little smoked paprika added to mac & cheese, a hint of cinnamon and chile powder in chocolate brownies, or a crust of freshly cracked coriander and cumin on a steak are simple ways to break from tradition and have some fun with spices. TableFare offers five great spice-inspired holiday gift ideas to thrill cooks.

Mortar & pestle - Everyone loves modern gadgetry, but grinding spices by hand is elementally enjoyable. The aroma of freshly ground spice released with every pound of the pestle is a deeply satisfying connection to tradition that adds to the cooking experience. Look for one that is deep enough so the spices don't fly out during grinding. A rough surface on the interior of the mortar, along with a nice heavy pestle will aid in breaking down the spices quickly. Widely available through specialty spice shops, kitchen shops, and online retailers.

Electric spice grinder – Freshly ground spices give dishes a complex and vibrant flavor that pre-ground spices just can't match. A simple electric coffee grinder does a great job of grinding spices quickly and easily and is particularly handy if needing to grind larger volumes of spice. Widely available through major retailers and online.

SpiceCare spice storage – A modular, space efficient spice storage system of interlocking containers. It’s the perfect way to keep any collection of spices fresh and organized. Available from TableFare.com, Amazon, and select specialty spice and kitchen shops.

Collection of exotic spices – Smoked Paprika, Grains of Paradise, Aleppo Pepper, Ghost Chile, or Tasmanian Pepperberry will thrill the most adventurous of cooks. Read more about these spices in TableFare’s Spice Library. Exotic spices like these are available through most specialty spice retailers.

Salted by Mark Bitterman with a collection of specialty salts – Salted is a comprehensive book on salt history along with a guide to the vast array of artisanal salts available and a collection of recipes to use them in. A sampling of smoked salt, Murray River flake salt, Hawaiian black lava salt, or sel gris would be a great accompaniment to this book. Artisanal salts are available through specialty spice shops and TheMeadow.net. Salted is sold at most book stores and of course online.

TableFare LLC is a Seattle-based company formed by Carol and David Peterman. TableFare offers unique kitchen products that combine the best of form and function to create superior usability and beauty. The company's first product is SpiceCare, ingenious new spice storage containers. SpiceCare received the 2010 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.


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