Gift Guides 2014

5 Gift Ideas for the Home Chef: Chow Bella Gift Guides 2014

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Artisan Bread Kit from Hayden Flour Mills $35 www.haydenflourmills.com

Baking your own bread doesn't have to be a difficult task, but before you jump into it you'll need the proper supplies. Hayden Flour Mills makes it easy to begin with their Artisan Bread Kit, a one-stop-shop for the wannabe home bread maker. The kit includes a bag of locally-grown, freshly-milled Hard Red Spring bread flour, as well as a wooden proofing bowl and a tea towel featuring a vintage flour sack design. We can't make any promises that the equipment will take you an expert baker, but having the right tools certainly can't hurt.

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The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz $39.95 (hardcover) www.changinghands.com

When it comes to pickling, brewing, and fermenting, there's arguably no greater giude than Sandor Katz's The Art of Fermentation. The hefty tome won the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship and contains just about everything you need to know to begin practicing fermentation at home. It's a dense read but also an invaluable resource for everything from making basic bread and butter pickles to growing mold cultures and brewing your own beer. Your home chef will be thanking you for years to come as this book is certain to become a well-used guide in his or her home library.

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