WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Kitchen Gifting: Best Cookbooks And Gadgets

Holiday celebrations and traditions are often defined by gifts and food. So how can you go wrong by combining the two? Kojo chats with guests who are immersed in the culinary world year round about the best cookbooks and kitchen gadgets to give and receive.

Best Kitchen Gifts And Gadgets For Chefs and Foodies

Sally Swift's Picks:

  1. Bay Laurel tree. There's nothing like fresh bay leaves. They are beautiful plants and you can grow them outdoors here for most of the year. Bring the pot inside in December and January, and out they go again. Price: $21.99

  2. Corn Zipper by Oxo. So much fun, we argue about who is going to be allowed to "zip" the corn. Price: $13.99

  3. Oxo Box Grater. No messing around with this one -- it's not the box grater you used in your mum's house. This one is sharp! Price: $17.99

  4. Sharp-n-Easy Knife Sharpener. Note, it does not sharpen Japanese knives. Price: $13

  5. Microplane grater. If you don't have one, it will change your life. Price: $14

  6. Cheese Paper. If you know someone who really loves cheese, this is a great gift for them. Cheese paper keeps the air out without suffocating it like plastic wrap does. Price: $11

Bonnie Benwick's Picks:

  1. Citrus mister. This kitchen tool is fun, makes as much or as little juice as you need and prolongs the shelf life of fruit. Price: About $15

  2. Herb-cutting scissors. These are good for multitaskers: they're good for making phyllo as well as shredding cheese. Price: $11.95

  3. Magimix see-through toaster. Now there's a concept! Price: Williams-Sonoma carries it for about $200

  4. Cristel brushed stainless-steel cookware. Removable handles, heavy-bottomed. Price: Varies by set

  5. Tea Forte Cafe cup and tea tray. This thoughtful gift keeps water hot and allows for elegant tea bag resting spot. Price: $26

  6. Classic vegetable peeler, 1947 style. Also a multitasker tool. These are inexpensive and available at outdoor farmer's markets like Eastern Market in D.C. Price: About $5

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How To Mix A Classic Gin Martini

Kojo gets a lesson in how to make a classic gin martini from acclaimed local bartender Derek Brown.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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