If you’re trying to buy a gift for someone who loves good food, good wine and loves to cook, but you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a few of my all time favourites and ‘go to’ gifts for the foodie at heart.

  • The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander – it’s the bible of Australian produce and cooking, and has a section on just about every meat, fruit, vegetable, herb and main ingredient (like chocolate) you can think of, including cooking times and methods, and hundreds of recipes.
  • A good quality knife – I say knife and not knives, as one good quality knife can set you back a few hundred dollars—my favourite brand is Kasumi.
  • James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion – this is a yearly ‘bible’ of wine from right across the country, including James’ own rating, information about the winery, cost and more.
  • A pasta maker – nothing beats fresh pasta, and it’s really not that hard to make. If you’ve got the time and the passion, it’s well worth the effort.
  • Take them out for dinner at a fine dining restaurant or get a personal chef to cook for them in their own home—they’ll get to experience all the perks of a fancy restaurant with personalised service and top quality food, but won’t have to compete with other diners or drive home afterwards.