Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Best of the Best!

It’s that time of year and the Men Who Dine have put together a list of some of our favorite gift items for 2015.  

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Best of the Best!



Sakai Takayuki 33 Layer Damascus Three Piece Set by Chubo

3_pc_set_33_layer_sakai_takayuki_nakiri_largeThis beautiful line of layered steel knives are crafted out of a 33 layer folded Damascus steel with a VG10 core. VG10 steel is one of the best steels for kitchen knives due to its superior edge retention, sharpness and stain resistance. The layered Damascus steel is hand hammered to strengthen the blade, each knife is hand sharpened and fitted with a stylish mahogany handle.  Sakai Takayuki has been producing traditional hand forged and hybrid knives for 70 years and is one of the most well known and respected Japanese knife makers. 

These knives are simply incredible and will make a perfect fit to any chefs collection of the best!  Click Here for more info. 


Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov


The James Beard Award–winning chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s Zahav restaurant reinterprets the glorious cuisine of Israel for American home kitchens.

Ever since he opened Zahav in 2008, chef Michael Solomonov has been turning heads with his original interpretations of modern Israeli cuisine, attracting notice from the New York Times, Bon Appétit, (“an utter and total revelation”), and Eater (“Zahav defines Israeli cooking in America”). 

Zahav showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. Solomonov’s food includes little dishes called mezze, such as the restaurant’s insanely popular fried cauliflower; a hummus so ethereal that it put Zahav on the culinary map; and a pink lentil soup with lamb meatballs that one critic called “Jerusalem in a bowl.”  It also includes a majestic dome of Persian wedding rice and a whole roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate and chickpeas that’s a celebration in itself. All Solomonov’s dishes are brilliantly adapted to local and seasonal ingredients. 

Zahav tells an authoritative and personal story of how Solomonov embraced the food of his birthplace. With its blend of technique and passion, this book shows readers how to make his food their own.  Click Here to purchase!


Microbrewer_5b651214-1456-4bd0-95f7-632482b95a56Introducing Box Brew Kits handmade small batch home-brew beer and winemaking kits. Unlike most bulky kits currently available, a Box Brew Kit fits in your apartment and gives you everything you need to tackle the brewing process in classic style, even if you’ve never brewed before. Each of the home-brewing kits celebrates the rustic roots of home-brewing, and no two are exactly alike. Each kit includes complete written instructions and diagrams, a brewers’ log, and more than 25 tasty recipes to try. Multiple sizes available, capable of brewing one to three gallons of beer or wine in about three weeks. Enjoy!  
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Finex 12″ Cast Iron Skillet


FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Company is a small team of Portland based perfectionists dedicated to making heirloom quality cast iron cookware in the USA.  Every FINEX is made by hand to exacting standards
from premium American cast iron, polished stainless steel and brass and then carefully hand seasoned the old-fashioned way with natural organic flax seed oil before it leaves their workshop.  Finex believes in heirloom quality cookware and the cooking traditions and stories it can hold. They would love nothing more than a place in your family’s kitchen as you create your own flavors, laughter and conversations – one meal at a time.  

This is a pan you need in your kitchen – For more information, Click Here!

SodaStream Power

odaStreamDesigned by Yves Béhar, the Power is an Automatic Sparkling Water Maker that offers a more convenient solution for carbonating water with touch button activation as well as quick snap-lock bottle insertion. The sophisticated and sleek design with metal accent fits nicely into any home décor. Powered by a CO2 carbonator, SodaStream allows you to turn tap water into sparkling water in an instant. With SodaStream, you have the flexibility to create your own sparkling drinks by adjusting the fizziness and flavor level to your personal taste.  SodaStream is a must-have kitchen appliance and the perfect gift. Each Sparkling Water Maker comes with everything needed to start fizzing. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Click Here to learn more!

Mastering Pasta by Marc Vetri


Just named as the best Italian restaurant in America, Vetri by Marc Ventri is the restaurant by which all others are measured.  Award-winning chef Marc Vetri wanted to write his first book about pasta. Instead, he wrote two other acclaimed cookbooks and continued researching pasta for ten more years. Now, the respected master of Italian cuisine finally shares his vast knowledge of pasta, gnocchi, and risotto in this inspiring, informative primer featuring expert tips and techniques, and more than 100 recipes.

Vetri’s personal stories of travel and culinary discovery in Italy appear alongside his easy-to-follow, detailed explanations of how to make and enjoy fresh handmade pasta. Whether you’re a home cook or a professional, you’ll learn how to make more than thirty different types of pasta dough, from versatile egg yolk dough, to extruded semolina dough, to a variety of flavored pastas—and form them into shapes both familiar and unique. In dishes ranging from classic to innovative, Vetri shares his coveted recipes for stuffed pastas, baked pastas, and pasta sauces. He also shows you how to make light-as-air gnocchi and the perfect dish of risotto. 

Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine. Mastering Pasta is the definitive work on the subject and the only book you will ever need to serve outstanding pasta dishes in your own kitchen. To purchase Click Here!

Kettle Pizza – Turn Your Charcoal Kettle Grill Into A Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

KPSE-22-4KettlePizza founder, Al Contarino is an inventor who had a passion for grilling. His main frustration was that whenever grill lids were opened or removed, all the stored heat would be lost stalling the cooking process. In May of 2010 Al built his first prototype of the KettlePizza. He called his friend and fellow inventor, George Peters, to check out the design of a crude pizza oven insert made to fit on top of common charcoal kettle grills. The prototype seemed to solve the problem of maintaining high temperatures throughout the cooking process and so they decided to invite some friends over for a pizza party. Everyone loved the pizza and the concept. That was all that Al and George needed to hear, they knew they had a winner.  In the upcoming months, Al and George took on the challenge to design, manufacture and sell the KettlePizza right out of Al’s barn in Massachusetts. hey made the challenge even harder by pledging to source as many of the KettlePizza components as possible from American suppliers. The goal was not just to build a product and a company, but to create US jobs.  Today, KettlePizza has grown into a global product line and is shipping around the world.  This is one of the most incredible new products we have seen and will change the way you make pizza at home.  Click Here for more info!


Scanpan Cookware made in Denmark


41ndGk3qGXL SCANPAN makes uncompromising kitchenware for modern kitchens. In addition to the popular non-stick products, SCANPAN’s range also includes refined design series and professional series in stainless
steel and copper, special products for daily cooking and colourful kitchen knives and accessories. To ensure great quality, user-friendliness and aesthetics, we continuously develop our concepts with our partners and professional chefs.  Since SCANPAN’s inception in 1956, our hand cast aluminum products with patented ceramic titanium coating have formed the core of our busin
ess. Today, we still cast all of our non-stick aluminum products at our own factory in Denmark. 

The exclusive design – based on the combination of mat stainless steel with highly polished reliefs, hand-cast, squeeze cast aluminum, ceramic titanium and the optimized non-stick coating – result in absolutely unique useful features. And with their clean, elegant lines SCANPAN CTX provides the inspiration for even better cooking at all times. Therefore both fastidious, quality-conscious consumers and demanding, professional chefs will enjoy working with SCANPAN CTX.  SCANPAN’S 10-piece CTX cookware set is the ultimate chefs set of pans and a must for all seasoned cooks. Click Here for more info!


Boos Block R-Walnut Cutting Board

WAL-R01, WAL-R02, WAL-R03As John Boos & Co. celebrates over 125 years of continuous business, they stand with strength built on a block of American history. The well recognized gourmet Boos Block ® brand has become significant to the heritage and reputation. Having adapted to market changes through the years, the company continues to grow in its service to the gourmet, foodservice, residential, supermarket, and industrial markets. The Boos Block R-Walnut line of cutting boards is simply beautiful as you would expect from the premiere craftsman of cutting boards.  It is elegant enough to be a piece of furniture and perform flawlessly with its uber-solid design.  This is the ultimate cutting board and a must have for cook and chefs of any level.  For more information, Click Here!


BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer

BACtrack is the leader in breathalyzers, offering a full range of innovative breath alcohol testers for both mobile_0000_large-newpersonal and professional use. Getting behind the wheel while drinking is not only beyond unsafe, the consequences can destroy lives and end put you in jain for a very long time.  This simple device can keep all of us safe and prevent tragedy.  The BACtrack transforms your smartphone into a breathalyzer and gives you your estimated blood alcohol level in seconds. Bluetooth enables a simple connection between BACtrack and your device so you don’t have to breathe into your phone, and you can see the app’s prompts and results as you blow.  This device can save lives and if you do indulge in alcohol consumption, do yourself and everyone else the favor, buy a BACtrack and be safe!  Click Here to purchase! 


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