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For the Love of Gadgets

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When I was eleven, my next door neighbour Jessica got a parmesan cheese grater for Christmas. I remember my envy as I sulked over my mountain of unwrapped pyjamas, cds and pre-teen novels. I pictured Jessica’s elevated rank in the family kitchen: Cheese Dispenser - an obvious step up from my perennial title of Pasta Stirrer. Yesterday I had no idea it existed; today I wanted a parmesan cheese grater of my own.

Nowadays, Jessica is a fabulous cook, probably grating cheese nightly (with the finesse that only a seasoned pro could possess) in her penthouse condo in downtown Toronto. I attribute this to her parents’ love of good food and how they always included their children in the fun of it all. This year for my 30th birthday, my mother gave me a Le Creuset wine pump set, which I suspect was more of an attempt to curb my daily intake than to foster a lifelong love of fine wine.

Kitchen gadgets are unique in that unlike the other run-of-the-mill gizmos churned out at temporary mall kiosks, they actually can make your life much more convenient. They’re also, as evidenced by the above tale, an effective way to get kids interested in cooking. Some genius somewhere is always finding a more efficient way to get things done, a more innovative way to keep ingredients fresh or knives sharp.

If your Love loves to cook or bake, you’re sure to please them with a thoughtful - and useful - gadget under the tree this year. Have a look at some of the best-selling Cookworks Gadgets for 2014 to get inspired…just imagine how jealous the neighbour’s kids will be ;) - Dee

  1. Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker
    The stylish design of this garlic crusher makes this messy task much easier.
  1. Cover Blubber Food Saver
    Move over plastic wrap, the Cover Blubber is here! It’s the super stretchy foodsaver for use inside the refrigerator or freezer.

  1. Charles Viancin Silicone Lids (Snowflake & Winterberry)
    Suitable for the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer, these smooth silicon lids create a super-strong airtight seal instantly when you place on a smooth surface.

  1. Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder 
    Works wonderfully on the grill, on a gas range or even chilled in the refrigerator or freezer for serving and presenting cold foods.

  1. All-Clad 6pc Gadget Set
    Perfect for everyday food prep needs - includes a can opener, pizza wheel, peeler, garlic press, oven mitts and kitchen towel.

  1. Microplane Gourmet Grater Set 2pc
    Cut food without ripping, tearing or shredding which preserves and intensifies aroma and flavor.

  1. Chef'n FreshForce Yellow Citrus Juicer
    Margarita and lemonade lovers rejoice! With the FreshForce Citrus Juicer, making fresh citrus beverages is easier than ever

  1. Gefu Spirelli Spiral Cutter - Black
    You can conjure up endless julienne strips of carrot, radish, cucumber and all kinds of other firm vegetables.

  1. Kuhn Rikon Carrot Peeler - Julienne
    Don’t let the Veggie Peelers’ fun shape fool you; this ultra-sharp peeler creates perfect matchstick strips.

  1. Prepara iPrep Tablet Stand w/Stylus - White
    The iPrep is an easy and secure way to use your tablet in the kitchen. Use the integrated stylus pen to keep screens clean from messy hands.

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