Rachel Saunders is a true obsessive: She experimented with jam-making for nearly 10 years before launching Blue Chair Fruit.
Make It: Pear Jam with Green Cardamom
Buy It Instead: $12 for 6 oz.; bluechairfruit.com
Jen King and Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets make versions of classic candy bars (their Snacker is a Snickers-esque combo of peanuts, caramel and nougat).
Make It: Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Cups
Buy It Instead: From $6.50; liddabitsweets.com
Square One brownies have a perfect crackly top and a deep chocolate flavor. From $8 for 2; chocolategourmet.com.
Home & Table
Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn's new bar tools—like this brass-and-steel bucket—recall old silverware. $59; potterybarn.com.
Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
Inscribed on these Victorian-style cheese knives: "Eat, Drink & Be Merry." $30; williams-sonoma.com.
© Wendell T. Webber
Sagaforms Juicy glasses, by Swedish designer Lotta Odelius, are bright and cheery. $20 for 4; aplusrstore.com.
Bean (back) Bodum's new Bean iced-coffee maker steeps ground coffee in cold water overnight; push down the plunger, French press-style, in the morning. $30; bodumusa.com.
Range Server (right) Hario's new glass pitcher can be used for brewing hot coffee or serving it cold. $25; hariousa.com.
For the Wine-Lover
Riedel's new trio of "Black Tie" decanters includes this one, sweetly called "Bliss." $195; riedelwebstore.com.
"Emperor's Garden" crystal is from Sieger by Theresienthal. From $190; marymahoney.com.
This corkscrew from French company Pylones is funny and functional. $29; pylones-usa.com.
F&W's editors taste thousands of wines every year. Here, their most memorable bottles of 2010, from a $22 Syrah to a $250 re-creation of a long-lost Bordeaux.
For the Mixologist
Bark Cocktail Shaker by Roost
Roost's stylish stainless steel cocktail shaker features a burnt, engraved texture. $48; velocityartanddesign.com
Photo © Antonis Achilleos
Fruit vinegars called shrubs from Tait Farm Foods add a sweet-tart kick to all kinds of drinks ($9 for 13 oz; taitfarmfoods.com).
Photo © Antonis Achilleos
Greg Boehm stocks his website, cocktailkingdom.com, with a well-curated collection of reprinted vintage cocktail books, hard-to-find bitters and global barware like Parisian shakers and 20-inch-long gold barspoon-fork hybrids from Japan ($53).
Gourmet Pie Maker
Our great-grandparents ate hand pies as a portable snack. Now there's an easy way to make the pies: Breville's new machine. $80; brevilleusa.com.
Courtesy of Deborah Jones
With its strong, sharp blades, All-Clad's sturdy new food mill allows cooks to make fruit and vegetable purees without having to skin and seed ingredients first. $150; williams-sonoma.com.
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Most dehydrators require more than a day; Nesco's FD-37 is faster and can expand to hold seven trays of food. From $40; sears.com.
Staub Oval Cocotte
Not only do the vibrant ceramic enamel exterior and black matte enamel interior of this oven ensure strength and heat resistance for better cooking, the gorgeous finishes also make it a natural choice for oven-to-table persentation. From $62 for 1/2 quart; williams-sonoma.com.
Lodge Enameled Cast Iron
The 10-inch enameled grill pan from Lodge is safe on induction cooktops and great for searing steaks and making panini. $67 for pan, $33 for panini press; lodgemfg.com.
Williams-Sonoma's updated Goldtouch line bakes quickly and evenly. Muffins and cakes release easily from the nonstick surface. From $13; williams-sonoma.com.
Knives and Tools
Super-lightweight but very durable and sharp, the new Victorinox knives have textured grips for extra control. From $80; swissarmy.com.
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Quirky Kitchen Tools
Sweden's Rice DK sells melamine utensils in pastel checks, butterflies, flowers and a mix of Xs and Os that's like a tic-tac-toe game seen through a kaleidoscope. $20 for three; huset-shop.com.
A stylish peeler with an easy-to-clean ceramic blade from industrial designer Karim Rashid. $15; unica-home.com.
Rachel Saunders's nearly-400-page book is filled with detailed recipes for jams accented with different herbs and spices. $35; shop.bluechairfruit.com
Rozanne Gold looks at the entire world of flavors, often recombining them in fascinating new ways. Other recipes are pared back to a small list of superflavorful ingredients. F&W's Kristin Donnelly shares: "This is the book I'll be pulling off the shelf the next time I'm stuck in a cooking rut." $24; amazon.com
Pastry genius Karen DeMasco of New York City's Locanda Verde has collected a wide range of creative recipes—from ambitious (chocolate brioche) to experimental (burnt-orange cheesecake) to fast (speedy shortbread cookies)—that any home cook can conquer. $25; amazon.com
Lost Arts Classes
Chicks with Knives, Los Angeles
Rachael Narins and Suzanne Griswold, the founders of L.A.-based Chicks with Knives, run a supper club, cater parties and lead classes in what they call "lost arts," like making vanilla extract. From $95 per class; chickswithknives.com.
Flavor Cooking School
Ginna Haravon of Salted Caramel, Chicago
Haravon shares her sweet-savory fixation at her online store, Salted Caramel (it sells snacks like bourbon-bacon caramel corn), and during classes at Flavour cooking school just outside Chicago. $50 per class; flavourcookingschool.com.
Jam Making 101
Blue Chair Fruit; Oakland,CA
Rachel Saunders is a true obsessive: She experimented with jam-making for nearly 10 years before launching Blue Chair Fruit. She now leads a Jam Making 101 class in her factory's production kitchen. $195 per class; bluechairfruit.com.
Pickles and Preserves
Happy Girl Kitchen; Pacific Grove, CA
During a year in Norway, Todd and Jordan Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen became experts at preserving foods like pickles. Now, they demystify these methods in seasonal workshops. $125 per class; happygirlkitchen.com.
Liddabit Sweets; Brooklyn, NY
Jen King and Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets make versions of classic candy bars (their Snacker is a Snickers-esque combo of peanuts, caramel and nougat) and teach at the Brooklyn Kitchen. From $65 per class; thebrooklynkitchen.com.
More Great Gifts
Many chefs donate their time to countless efforts to raise money and awareness to help those in need. Here, a look into the charitable efforts of some of the world's greatest chefs and others in the food world.
The people of this small town in the hills of Haiti are living in poverty, yet they have opened their homes to some 8,000 displaced earthquake survivors.
To a billion people around the world surviving on just a dollar a day, the question of what to eat tonight is more about life and death than about recipes.
We have the resources to provide good, healthy food for everyone. So why aren't we?
Our chef-instructors teach kids basic kitchen skills, cooking techniques and the importance of fresh, healthy ingredients—to connect with their bodies, their neighbors and their world in a healthy way.
My kids see the working poor, who look no different than anyone from our neighborhood. They see people with jobs who can't get enough food for their families.
Led by cult producer Hundred Acre, top Napa wineries donate the "pink" wine removed while making reds to Charity Case, which turns it into a lovely rosé. All proceeds go to children's causes.
Thanksgiving Farm at The Center for Discovery thecenterfordiscovery.org
April Bloomfield buys pigs from this New York farm, which works with people with disabilities.
Through its U.S. office, the Rías Baixas region supports Kiva, which offers loans to needy small-scale entrepreneurs. kiva.org
Kallari Chocolate's Profit Sharing
The Ecuadorian producers of this chocolate share proceeds with the cacao farmers who grow the beans. kallarichocolate.com
KIPP Charter Schools
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
This nonprofit farm and education center celebrates community-based food production and the enjoyment of fresh food. stonebarnscenter.org
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL)
Michael Anthony supports GELL, which is raising funds to build a green roof atop P.S. 41, a New York City public school. ps41.org/ps41/the-gell-project
This organization supplies animals to families in developing nations; a $20 donation provides a flock of chicks. heifer.org
March of Dimes
Chefs as Parents
Ed Jiloca supports this organization of chefs working to improve school lunches in the Washington, DC, area. chefsasparents.com