German Culinary Best Gifts - Cookbooks, Knives and Chocolate
More than Beer and Bratwurst!
If you are seeking a culinary best gift idea for someone who likes German food or likes experimenting with different world cuisines, think about giving some German cooking books, some German knives or other gifts like German chocolates. Who doesn't like chocolate?
All of these things can easily be purchased online and your home cook will appreciate receiving something uniquely different from you this year.
I grew up with about 3/4 German heritage and 1/4 Norwegian background. My mother told me that somewhere in that background was a seasoning of French, but looking back in the family trees...it must be very far back as it doesn't really show. Perhaps that was just wishful thinking on someone's part? In any case, the German heritage was a predominant part of my background and how we were reared.
German Cooking Books
Many of the good home cooks like my grandmother and mother cooked without the use of recipes for the most part.
In many cases girls in the family learned how to do things by watching (and when they were old enough) helping out in their mother's kitchens as these old family recipes were made. Things were made "to taste" and even if a recipe was jotted down it did not always have amounts utilized as it was taken for granted that the person receiving the recipe would know about how much of any particular ingredient to use. The same was done (more correctly, not done) for baking temperatures and times.
I have authored a post about my grandmother's treasured old timey recipes taken out of a journal where she had handwritten the recipes. In many cases even if the ingredients gave exact amounts, the directions on how to proceed with the recipes was not written down.
In testing the recipes for a post, I was forced to experiment with oven timing and ended up sampling some pretty good cookies, tortes and desserts. Naturally I gave the reader the benefit of that experimentation so that they do not have to continue the experiment of trying some of those old recipes.
Oh...the work that I did for that post and a subsequent one! I should get a gold star! Haha!
Anyone wishing to cook authentic German food needs this in their kitchen library.
Not to worry...any German cooking books ordered here will have exact specifications as to ingredients and directions.
German companies for years have been known for producing quality knives. In fact, when I worked years ago as an operating room nurse, many of the surgical instruments were also made in Germany.
The knives that my husband and I use in our kitchen are made by Wusthof and we have been very satisfied with their use.
We have an electric knife sharpener that we haul out once or twice a year to keep the edges sharp. In between we utilize the sharpening tool that came with the set.
A quality sharp knife greatly speeds up the preparation process of cutting and preparing food.
Supposedly there are also some great German hunting knives made.
If you are wishing to upgrade the knives you have in your home or want to give an excellent gift that should last a lifetime to someone who enjoys cooking, you will not stray too far afield in choosing German knives.
OK...what if your special person is just not interested in home cooking and a cooking book, be it German or any other kind would be of no interest as a best culinary gift idea?
They probably still need some good knives of some sort to do some minor preparations in their kitchen. A sharp German knife to slice a tomato perhaps?
However if the only prepared meals come already packaged ready to pop into the microwave and a cookbook or good knives would be the last thing on their wish list...how about some tasty German chocolates as a gift idea?
One can hardly go wrong whether the gift is for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Valentine's Day or any other special occasion.
Perhaps a gift wrapped box of German chocolates would be a nice gift just to surprise your favorite relative or friend for no special reason at all!
Dark Chocolate Antioxidant: Chocolate is Good For You
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is actually good for one if consumed in moderate amounts. It activates endorphins in your body which make one feel good. Wish to make someone happy? Think of surprising them with some good German chocolates!
Culinary Best Gifts
For your German family members or friends or others who simply wish to expand their repertoire of cooking scrumptious food for dining at home, consider giving them some German cooking books or German knives. For all others, a gift of German chocolates is sure to please!
Do you like German food?
© 2010 Peggy Woods