Magazine article Sunset

Calling All Cooks

Magazine article Sunset

Calling All Cooks

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Family members and friends who love to cook probably don't need another 10-speed blender. These new tools, ingredients, and cookbooks will surprise and delight them (and even pay off for you in the form of some good eating in the new year).

CUSTOM ROLLING PINS For the bakers who want to put a personal stamp on their gingerbread, this laser-engraved rolling pin is decorated with a blackbird, chevron, or circle design. $62; healdsburgshed.com.

NEXT-LEVEL OLIVE OIL Test Kitchen staffers are all hoping for a bottle of freshly pressed olive oil, aka olio nuovo, in their stockings. The unfiltered finishing oil has a bright taste and keeps just a few months. It's great on bread, braised greens, and polenta. Try milder Séka Hills ($18/250 ml.), Calivirgin ($30/500 ml.), or intense Katz December's New Oil ($28/375 ml.), all sold at markethall foods.com.

COVETABLE COOKBOOKS There may be no cookbook more Western this season than Citrus (Ten Speed Press; $20), with sunny-flavored recipes like tangerine sticky ribs and orange and rosemary polenta cake. …

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