Practical gifts for cooks
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35 holiday gifts to buy, give, inspire, make -- and receive

Practical gifts for cooks
Chocolate bouchons
Thomas Keller’s trademark dessert has a texture somewhere between dense cake and denser brownies. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Chocolate and pink peppercorn meringues
To give -- or keep for yourself. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Chocolate shortcakes with brandied cherries
Make plenty. These will go fast. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Beautiful objects
A gorgeous bowl is always appreciated in a cook’s kitchen. Look around in flea markets, on-line and in vintage shops.

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Get inspired by Times Restaurant Critic S. Irene Virbila (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Ginger scones
These festive scones call for both fresh and crystallized ginger.  (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
Beautiful objects
Rustic kitchenware, plus a container, look great next to a kitchen stove. Shop around on-line, in flea markets and in vintage stores.

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Get inspired by Times Restaurant Critic S. Irene Virbila (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Candied orange peel
Candied orange peel -- an essential holiday ingredient but also great as a gift.  (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)
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