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    Published on December 14th, 2012 | by Greg


    TrulyKitchen’s Gift Guide For Every Chef

    Welcome to the first of our upcoming holiday gift guides! We’ve checked out hundreds of products in 2012, and our staff has made up dozens of batches of ice cream, cooked up steaks, and emptied countless wine bottles (in the name of journalism). Here are some of the best items we checked out this year, that kept us coming back and have proven useful since we originally wrote.

    We’ll start with the sleek and relatively inexpensive Wine Breather Carafe from Creative Danes. Running only $50, it looks and feels lovely, and offers something few other carafes do- super-simple pouring back into the original bottle, should you wish.

    Next up, the best cutting board we tried this year was the Core Bamboo Pro-Chef. It has some downsides- it can’t be hung up, and isn’t quite as attractive as some we’ve seen. But it’s proven to be durable, and we quite like the removable bowls. Proof that there is room for innovation in even the most basic of your kitchen gear. $100.

    Next, we recently reviewed our favorite home soda maker yet- the Sodastream Source. It’s only been a few weeks since the review, but it’s continued to be an indispensable part of the kitchen, getting regular use. It’s smaller and offers a cleaner design than much of the rest of the family (though it isn’t compatible with the glass carafes, sadly). $130.

    Of course, if you really love someone, you make them ice cream. Or they make you ice cream. Or something. We made people happy with our gelato flavors, including peanut butter curry and orange-cranberry, thanks to the Nemox Gelato Chef 2200. It’s not cheap but is surprisingly easy, and once you get a recipe down, results are consistently good. We liked the just-reviewed Cuisinart ICE-100 as well, which has held up well so far, but hasn’t yet had the extended testing. $300.

    Finally, if you really want to splurge, and especially if you or a loved one is a coffee connoisseur, we have just the suggestion. The best coffee grinder we’ve ever tried is the sleek Baratza Vario-W, which handles beans gently but firmly, evenly and without regards for their size, shape, or origin (or roasting). A burr grinder of the highest caliber, we regularly use this one for making espresso. It’s fairly slim, and features a precise built-in scale that is great for consistent results. $500 or so, but a great piece of gear that continues to perform admirably.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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