By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Editor
The kitchen is a common space. Cooking and the conversations that take place in the kitchen help support families and communities. As Christmas approaches, I’ve made a short list of things that would make great kitchen gifts. I typed them with the words from Eartha Kitt’s classic, “Santa Baby” dancing through my head.
How I love you? Let me count the ways the CookingPal Multo can make food prep a joy. The Multo has multiple uses. This thing does everything from kneading bread and mixing drinks to steaming vegetables and cooking meat. The “smart food processor” offers a “connected kitchen” and comes with its own computer to help you use it. It walks you through all the steps to create a great dish, whether you’re making your family’s precious okra recipe or trying something new. He got me on the promise to clean himself up. The Multo costs $ 899, so if you’re particularly good or bad – wink, wink – you might find one under the Christmas tree this year. It is available on www.cookingpal.com and Amazon.com
Curry With The Pot
Some people know her as the wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, but Ayesha Curry is scoring points and building her own empire. The cookery show host and restaurateur has her own line of cookware and bakeware which is available at stores like Macy’s, Kohl’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond. The Ayesha Curry Home collection includes pots, pans and cutlery. There’s even a can of bacon grease which is a big improvement over a used Crisco can. Any one, or more, of the goodies from her collection would make great gifts. The Ayesha Curry Home collection is made by Meyer, a company that also creates products for Rachel Ray, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Paula Deen.
Mind your own business’
Social media sensation and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown made us smile during the pandemic with her naturally positive vibe and endearing slogans like ‘It’s Your Business’ and ‘Like So Like That’. Brown, who has millions of Instagram and TikTok followers, now has his own Caribbean-inspired sunshine seasoning through veteran spice maker McCormick. While this all-purpose seasoning makes a great little tote, it jumped off the shelves when it was introduced earlier this year and is now perpetually out of stock. There is now a “black market” for the spice blend, with dealers on Ebay asking as much as $ 120 for a two-pack. Not in your Christmas budget? Instead, donate a copy of Tabitha Brown’s book, “Feeding the Soul: Because It’s My Business: Finding Our Way to Joy, Love and Freedom”.
A cut above
Stay sharp in all your cooking and food preparations with custom steel from Middleton Made Knives. The beautiful blades are created by Quintin Middleton in Saint Stephen, a small rural and predominantly black town in South Carolina. Middleton can customize a knife to meet your needs, from the type of kitchen knife to the size and handle design. These won’t stay in the drawer, you’ll want to show them off. Visit www.middletonmadeknives.com to find out how to buy.
Keep your “grill”
Former boxing champion George Foreman continues to stun the competition with his home grills. I received two, most recently the 5-portion slide-out plate grill and panini press which are rated online as “easiest to clean.” The latest releases from Foreman include his Smokeless Grill series which delivers “all the sizzle without the smoke”. George Foreman has kitchen gadgets for indoors and outdoors. Grills are sold everywhere from Target to Home Depot and HSN (Home Shopping Network) and they end well.
Laila Ali, boxing champion and daughter of iconic Muhammad Ali, entered the food business as part of her Laila Ali Lifestyle brand. She published the cookbook “Food For Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food From My Table To Yours” in 2018 and offers an e-book of holiday recipes that complements her line of spice blends. The spices include a garlic seasoning of the goddess and a goat blend in honor of her father. His cookbooks seek to offer healthy variations of our favorite foods. Be a champion and give the health-conscious person on your list a special gift set. Offers include a Food For Life gift box that includes a trio of spice blends, a signed copy of the cookbook, and an autographed photo of Laila Ali.
Reserved and busy
Actress and brand sweetheart Tia Mowry also has a few books that would make great gifts. Mowry is best known for playing with her twin sister Tamera on the sitcom “Sister, Sister”. Her cookbooks include “Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life For a Healthy, More Gorgeous You” and “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” which shares the name of one of Youtube’s cooking shows. Mowry also hosted a show “Tia Mowry at Home” on the Cooking Channel. The multi-faceted mom recently launched a line of cookware, The Spice By Tia Mowry, which is available at Walmart.
What’s on your wishlist for the holidays?