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Top 10 Things to NOT Give a Cook This Holiday Season: AndyTalk

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Holiday gifts for people who like to cook should be easy, but to the uninitiated a store stocked floor to ceiling with cookware is an obstacle course. The goal is to buy a gift that brings joy to someone who finds joy in the kitchen. The goal is also to find a gift that gives the recipient an excuse to spend even more time cooking. In order to pick that perfect gift you need to know what not to give. The following are my top ten suggestions on what not to give your kitchen companion this holiday season.

  1. A slow cooker ... Like a dog with a bone, I just won't let go of my suggestion from last year that you buy a slow cooker for a busy mom who wants an easy way out -- but you buy a stockpot so the cook on your list can make soup or stew the old-fashioned way.
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Andy Broder