When Oprah had her daytime TV show, she had a once a year episode dedicated to her favorite things she discovered during that year. Her audience would go nuts because she gave away each of those items to them. The companies making them would benefit from the show because of monster sales and all the publicity and many couldn’t even keep up with the demand!
Even though the show ended a few years ago, Oprah still curates a list every year but she shares it with the world through her magazine, “O”. This year, she takes it one step further and has partnered with Amazon.com to make her picks available on there for you to shop for easily and have them delivered quickly to your doorstep.
2015’s list is quite varied and covers gift ideas for many different kinds of people. We’re going to cover and review Oprah’s Favorite Things for the chef in 2015. If you’d like to see and shop for any of her other picks, head on over to her page on Amazon now!
We also have a few of our own gift ideas for various budgets if you’d like to take a look. Otherwise, read on to see if there’s anything here that may strike your fancy, either for yourself or as a gift for someone who likes to cook.
T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill
An indoor electric grill is a great appliance to have for when the weather outside is not good or if you live in an apartment. The T-fal Optigrill is the perfect choice for those who struggle to get grilling right. Even the most inexperienced grill masters can turn out great chicken, burgers, veggies, sandwiches and steaks on it because you can select a mode for each of these types of food and then it adapts to the thickness of the food and uses an indicator light and audible beep to alert you when it is at rare, medium and well done levels. There’s even a defrost function or you can use manual cooking too if you prefer that to the automatic modes. This is grill is rated at 1800 watts.
This model features a floating top grill, tilting bottom grill for drainage of excess fat that flows into the removable drip tray at the bottom. Both grill plates are also removable and all these are easy to clean by hand and in the dishwasher.
Philips Pasta Maker
Pasta lovers will appreciate being able to make fresh pasta at home with the Philips Pasta Maker. It is an extruder type where you add the raw ingredients and it mixes and kneads the dough and then feeds it into the extruder where it is pushed through shaper discs with force to make various shapes of pasta. This model comes with 4 discs to allow you to make 1 pound of Lasagna, Spaghetti, Penne or Fettuccini in 15 minutes.
This model comes with a cleaning tool that you can use to remove dough that’s stuck in the discs and there’s a storage drawer underneath for them as well. While this is perhaps the most convenient and easy to use pasta maker available, there are a few other models, including the roller type of pasta machine.
Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Maker
If you love coffee and espresso but don’t want the hassle of measuring grinding and brewing in a traditional coffee or espresso maker, your best bet is a pod coffee machine. One of the newest models is this Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo that uses two types of capsules – large or small for coffee or espresso respectively.
All you have to do is feed in your desired VertuoLine capsule and press the button. The machine automatically reads the size of the capsule and the code on the lid and determines whether it is an espresso or coffee capsule and which blend is in it before it decides which extraction process to use. It then uses centrifusion technology to brew your cup using the 40 oz water tank and then ejects the used capsule into a removable container. There is a drip tray and cup support that is removable to accommodate tall glasses as well. It automatically turns off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
Typhoon Vision Stainless Steel Digital Food Kitchen Scale
We have reviewed some really good kitchen scales, but you have to use your own container for holding the ingredients to measure and those only measure weights of dry ingredients.
With the Typhoon Vision Kitchen Scale, you get a removable stainless steel bowl and a choice of colors for the plastic body. It measures weight of dry ingredients in grams, kilograms, pounds and ounces and measures volume of liquids in fluid ounces and millilitres. You also have an Add-and-Weigh function that allows you to incrementally add ingredients to the same bowl while weighing each one instead of using separate containers. This reduces the number of things that need to be washed up. The scale automatically turns off after 60 seconds of inactivity.
Hampton Forge 13-Piece Skandia Talvi Knife Block Set
Every serious home cook needs a good set of knives and the Hampton Forge Skandia Talvi Knife Block Set is a kitchen to table set of knives that not only feature high performance blades but they also look great being set in their white wash effect rubberwood knife block.
There are 13 pieces in this set. You’ll get 6 steak knives, 1 bread knife that neatly cuts through hard and soft bread, 1 slicing knife to cut through firm cooked, meat, fish or poultry, 1 Santoku knife that’s ideal for cutting through dense vegetables, 1 lightweight utility knife for cutting most fruits and vegetables, 1 Paring knife for paring, peeling and slicing small fruits and vegetables, and 1 Bird’s Beak knife that has a curved tip and is ideal for paring and shaping round or oval fruits and vegetables.
The full Tang stainless steel knives have super thin and sharp blades set in a beautiful pearl white thermo-plastic resin handle to boost strength and durability.
360 Cookware 6 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Every kitchen needs to have three basic cookware items – a multi-use pot for simmering and braising, a saucepan and a saute pan. The 6 piece 360 Cookware Set comes with all of these pieces with their lids included – a 4 quart stock pot, a 2 quart saucepan and a 2 quart saute pan.
What makes this set special is its quality of construction. The 3-ply cladded stainless steel features 110 gauge thickness and the domed lids create a tight seal around the lips of the pans. 360 Cookware uses Vapor technology to cook food on a low or medium heat setting, so you don’t need to add oil to prevent sticking and you don’t need to add water to help cook. Your food will cook in its own natural juices that are slowly released due to the steam created by the low heat. Needless to say, this is an energy efficient and super-healthy way to cook.
Golden Rabbit Lasagna Pan with Lid
A lasagna pan is one of those kitchen tools that most people love to have but won’t buy for themselves, so if you want to gift something to an Italian food lover, this Golden Rabbit Lasagna Pan is a good bet. This enamelware pan comes with a glass lid, has a 10.5 quart capacity and measures 16″ by 12.5″ by 4″. It is oven and dishwasher safe and comes in a variety of colors.