Gift Guide: Tasteful Gifts For The Scientific Gourmand

We all have foodie friends, but there's a difference between those and the ones who treat the kitchen more like a laboratory. We've got some gifts for the ones who rely on science with their cooking, or are maybe even just dabbling in molecular gastronomy. And who knows, your stomach might even benefit in the future when your friend makes you a delicious meal out of thanks.


When you're getting all scientific with your cuisine, one thing is very important—temperature. If you're off, the entire recipe could be totally borked. The Thermapen, an instant-read thermometer that will give you a reading in three seconds, won't let that happen by giving you precise measurements.

Polyscience Sous Vide Machine

A sous vide is something that cooks vacuum sealed items in a water bath. It's a technique not for the casual chef, but for the people in your life who are foods on some insane level. This one will attach to a pot and change the temperature of the water from 15 degrees to 100 by just pushing a button.


If you're pal already owns Modernist Cuisine at Home, they've got to have a centrifuge. It's something that spins ingredients at incredibly high speeds in order to separate them. And it's an essential tool for the super scientific chef in your life.

Modernist Cuisine at Home

This is the Bible of molecular gastronomy. If the person you're shopping for is even dipping his or her toe into the waters of this corner of culinary endeavours, Modernist Cuisine is a must-have. And it's much more affordable and condensed than the full five volume version.

Caso Hand-Held Vacuum Sealer

This lightweight ergonomic vacuum sealer will give you a way to keep your food fresh for a long time with reusable, tear-resistant zip bags. But it's also an essential for sous vide cooking. Why? The vacuum seal applies negative pressure on the meat, opening the pores, allowing for the flavors to penetrate deeper.

Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Know someone who wants to make sure when they're chopping carrots, they're cutting them into perfect 1/2 inch pieces? This cutting board will satisfy all their OCD tendencies.

The Smoking Gun

The sheer thought of the Smoking Gun makes my mouth water. It infuses your drinks and foods with a delicious smoky flavor. You don't even need a grill or any fire at all.

Flavor Injector

Are you thinking delicious thoughts yet? A flavor injector lets you shoot your meat up with any kind of marinade you want, a.k.a. it's a tool to make your food as delicious as possible by packing in all the juices.

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