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What to Buy the Budding Chef in Your Life, According to Alison Roman

Her go-to kitchen essentials.

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Is there any place more convenient than Amazon come holiday season? With millions upon millions of products, there are a lot of gift options to choose from, which is precisely why we launched 10 Things That Make Me Happy, a series that asks designers and tastemakers to share their favorite picks for gifting or getting this holiday season. There’s something for everyone on your list, even at the last minute (thank you, Prime Two-Day Shipping). Each product is also available to see IRL at the Domino x Amazon Holiday Home pop-up in SoHo, New York. The convenience of Amazon, narrowed down by the coolest tastemakers—’tis the season, indeed!

Cook, writer, and author of the highly Instagrammable cookbook Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, Alison Roman is a pro when it comes to gifting the budding chef in your life.  The Brooklyn-based foodie gave us her holiday wish list, which is filled with cozy cabin buys for the cook, decorator, or hygge lover in your life.

Buono Stainless Steel Stovetop Kettle, Hario, $67.50 

I like to wake up early and brew coffee before I leave the house. A beautiful, functional kettle makes me feel like I opened a fancy coffee shop in my own kitchen.

Kobenstyle Casserole, Dansk, $139.95

I love my Dansk pots for lighter soups, stews, pasta sauces, and cooking large amounts of leafy greens. The lid doubles as a trivet.

Made in France M’Passion Copper Bowl, Mauviel, $99.93

Copper adds so much—dare I say—elegance. Plus, you never know when you’re going to need to whip up a bowl of egg whites, right?

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, Alison Roman, $17.34

I wrote this book, so I may be biased, but I think it’s perfect for anyone who likes to cook or think about or eat food (which is, well, everybody).

Atlas Copper Pepper Mill, Pepper Mill Imports, $63.32

I don’t buy kitchen tools for their looks, but luckily this pepper grinder is gorgeous. Plus, if I haven’t broken it yet, you probably won’t either.

Unscented 12-Inch Hand-Dipped Taper Candles (12 count), Root Candles, $37.38

I have so many unscented ivory candles burning inside my apartment at night. It’s like I live in a castle.

Crater Lake National Park Blanket, Pendleton, $249

I love the classic, old-school blankets that Pendleton has because they seem to last longer than anything, they’re tried-and-true, and they’re cozy as hell.

Six-Piece Picardie Glass Tumbler, Duralex, $36

Try to drink out of these and not have a fantastic day. They are literally the most fun.


Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 340, (1980)

Western Massachusetts doesn’t have the same “mini Brooklyn” thing happening as other upstate places, but it’s got Mass MoCA, which is consistently my favorite museum. It feels like a vacation from NYC.

Mass MoCA, North Adams

I love shopping at the Ballaro market in Palermo, Sicily. It has the best and most vibrant ingredients for very little money.

Ballaro Market, Sicily

Kristin Limoges


Kristin can usually be found face, hair, and body masking simultaneously, while thinking-up clever DIYs for her small-space Chinatown apartment. She’s always on the search for the greatest and most life-changing beauty and wellness hacks (hello nootropics and adaptogens) and is happy to report she loves dogs and cats equally.