As SAVEUR's test kitchen director, I play with more tools than your average cook: skillets, knives, and little gadgets galore. Some are better than others. A few are worth hoarding. These are some of the best tools I've worked with, new tools and better upgrades I'd be thrilled to give (or receive, hint hint) to any enthusiastic cook on my list. Whether you're still on your first knives or a professional food obsessive, the following gifts are essential for anyone who likes to get down and dirty in the kitchen.