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The 10 Best Gifts for the Aspiring Gourmet is a gift guide for any home chef or foodie who loves to cook and experiment with the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets and tools.

This specially curated list has plenty of fun and useful gadgets for all foodies. Keep reading for my list of the 10 Best Gifts for the aspiring gourmet.

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10 Best Gifts for the Aspiring Gourmet

Here’s my list of the 10 best gifts for the aspiring gourmet. I’ve included a variety of gifts and price ranges in this guide so that there’s something for everyone. I’m very excited about this list because it includes some of my very favorite kitchen gadgets AND I’m giving away one of the items on this list to one lucky reader!


This is the final week of our gift guides and giveaways—be sure to read to the end to see what we’re giving away this week! Then, be sure to check back next Monday to see who won!


Sheila Thigpen, blogger

About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.


  1. My favorite meal to make at home is a wonderful broccoli salad that has grapes, almonds, and is topped with chicken tenders. I love pressure cooking as well – especially homemade mac and cheese. Thank you!

  2. This time of year our favorite is chicken bowtie pot pie served with warm corn bread or a fresh made crusty sourdough bread. Not big dessert eaters here, but if someone wants something sweet I usually have cookies available.

  3. My favorite family dinner is homemade pizza. It is one of the few times that the kids can help in the kitchen and actually be helping. We make individual crusts and let them each decorate their own pizza. They love it.

    Using a slow cooker or multipot, my favorite is pot roast. The meat comes out so tender you can eat it with a spoon.

  4. My favorite dinner is rather simple- I love a quick spaghetti dinner with bread sticks and a nice salad to top it off.

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