We get it. Why cook when you can just order in at the press of a button? Well, for starters, your friends or significant other will be way more impressed by a meal you've whipped up yourself. Plus, it gives you a legitimate excuse to adorn your kitchen with all manner of stylish items. From inventive gadgets to beautiful cookware, we've rounded up the goods that are as useful as they are pretty.
Gourmet Indoor Herb Garden
Any good cook knows the importance of fresh herbs, and an entire fragrant bouquet within arm's reach means lots of tasty meals in the future. The AeroGarden Harvest Elite WiFi with Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit, sold at Sur La Table, is approved for all chefs — even those who don't have a green thumb. It features an intuitive LCD screen that walks you through the gardening process and ensures your herbs stay crisp, healthy, and, most importantly, delicious.
Every dedicated home chef needs a brilliant set of pots and pans and this Mepra Cookware Set from Anthropologie is top of the line. It contains four pots and three lids, each made from 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum, and induction steel with a stunning pewter finish.
Part of the fun with this ginger grater is seeing if your guests will know what it is. Even more fun — how it will elevate your home-cooked meals. The Kyocera Ginger Grater is made from ceramic, so it won't affect taste, and is shaped strategically to allow juice to collect around the edges as the teeth do their magic. Get it from Sur La Table.
Quick Fry Magic
Turn on any cooking show and you'll likely see a chef doing some quick frying – and you can do the same at home. This Crux touchscreen fryer, available at Macy's, uses the process of air convection, so food can be prepared with less fat. It also recovers more quickly, so you can quickly whip up multiple batches.
The pressure is on in your home chef's kitchen — at least it will be if you gift them a Bella 6-Quart Pressure Cooker with Touchpad from JCPenney. It heats up food more quickly than conventional methods, allowing you to get more done in less time, which means you'll have more time to spend chatting with your dinner guests.
Statement Serving Tray
Part of the joy of cooking is the presentation of your culinary masterpieces. Kendra Scott's Large Serving Tray is made from beautiful natural stone with rose-gold-plated handles, and will allow you to beautifully display the food you worked so hard to prepare. In addition to the agate shown here, it also comes in other stones, including green agate, chevron amethyst, and mother of pearl.