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Do you know and love a vegetarian? Then you might be frantically searching for gifts for vegetarians. And it might be tough for you because you know that vegetarians' diets can vary widely. Still, we went in search of the best gifts for vegetarians—of all kinds. We've got cookbooks, serveware, and knives: here are a few ideas for every plant eating person on your list.
Salad Serving Bowl
You can't go wrong with a gorgeous piece of serveware. This bowl, which is mouth-blown in the US, is marbled with specks of colored glass, resulting in a fun confetti pattern. It's just the size for a salad or grain dish for for a small dinner party.
The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook
Tangy pickled pumpkin! Warming lentil and vegetable stew! This collection of 150 vegetarian Indian recipes has something for everyone (yes, meat eaters too). And it's part of a series of vegetarian cookbooks from around the world: Look to The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook or the The Greek Vegetarian Cookbook next.
A sharp chef's knife is essential for every home cook—but to the vegetarians we know who are slicing through more sweet potatoes and squash at this time of the year than anyone, it's a game changer. This eight-inch Mac is our favorite chef's knife—it beat out 19 competitors in our product test. It's an extremely sharp, lightweight, and well-priced model that handles both tough and delicate slicing beautifully, and cuts with precision.
Material The Stand Knife Block
In order to keep a chef's knife nice and sharp, you've got to store it correctly (and hone the blade often). This magnetic wooden stand from one of our favorite direct to consumer lines has just enough hold to ensure your blades stand at attention but not too much to risk warping one when you take it off the stand. It comes in a rich natural walnut, or my personal favorite, an inky black.
Ultimate Umami Seasoning
Rich, deeply savory flavor in the form of an umami seasoning mix adds complexity and warmth to even the simplest vegetarian dishes. This one comes in a seasoning and hot sauce duo packet. Both are made in small batches in Colorado and can be used to season eggs, grains and beans, or even a bowl of popcorn.
Collingwood Stainless Steel Tofu Press
Yes, there are plenty of faux-meats out there these days (and plenty of vegetarians who are very happy to sustain themselves without them) but the OG meat alternative, humble tofu, is a staple in many vegetarian diets. A tofu press allows you to take firm store-bought tofu and turn it into something chewy and delicious: Without all that extra water content, sauces and marinades will stick to the tofu much better and the surface will turn golden and crispy when pan-fried or baked. While most tofu presses are made of plastic, this stainless steel press is both sustainable and elegant.
Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer
The auto-spiralizer feature on this Ninja is perfect for lovers of zoodles and other veggie-based spaghettis. More than that, though, this appliance turns into three other powerhouse tools: a food processor, an ice-crushing blender, and a single-serving smoothie maker. It can make pizza dough, frozen margaritas, and sweet potato fettuccini, so it's not just a spiralizer, but many gifts in one.
Vejibag Cotton Produce Bag
Vegetarian or not, anyone who likes to add lots of vegetables to their diet is rinsing and storing a lot of produce. We love to keep our vegetables crisp in damp Vejibags. The biodegradable bags made of organic cotton somehow allow just enough air circulation to prevent rot while keeping broccoli florets, bunches of radishes, and even collards crisp. Whether the recipient is trying to go plastic free or just wants to stop finding limp greens their crisper drawer, the Vejibag will become a vital tool.
Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor by Raquel Pelzel
Funky aged cheese, caramelized onions, and even soy sauce swirled into the frosting of a chocolate cake are all smoky, earthy, salty-and sweet flavor ideas featured in this vegetarian cookbook. This was one of our favorite new cookbooks of fall, and a personal favorite of our Digital Director David Tamarkin, who says "Pelzel's path to tasty vegetarian food is more thrilling than, say, another basic salad book."
Trudeau Toss & Chop Salad Shears
No, not all gifts for vegetarians have to be salad related—but the idea of making one with no knife and cutting board required sounds pretty great. These innovative shears make chopping easy. Dice a ton of tomatoes for salsa, slice up a few heads of romaine for a big salad, or chop up some mushrooms for a sauce—uniformity is a breeze and cleanup is minimal. Plus, the micro-serrated stainless steel blades stay sharp and the safety lock ensures secure and compact storage.
Pickle of the Month Club
Olympia Provisions sources from a variety of farms across the Northwest to craft small-batch pickles from seasonal produce. They're made with fresh herbs, spices, and vinegars and pickles are sent to the recipient each month in 9-ounce jars. January features beets, February brings curried cauliflower, and March means celery.
Staub Cast-Iron Artichoke Cocotte
A little tongue-in-cheek nod to your favorite vegetarian's vegetarianness never hurts, especially if it's something they will use again and again. This cute cast iron cocotte holds three quarts—that's the perfect size for our Senior Food Editor Anna Stockwell, who relies on a three and a half quart Dutch oven at home. It's stovetop and oven safe up to 500 degrees, which means it's perfect for soups, hearty vegetable stews, braised vegetables, and even mac and cheese.
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