I need help with Christmas shopping for my son. He's 26, single, an engineer and just got his first apartment.
Over Thanksgiving I asked for his Christmas list. (It doesn't matter how old my kids get, I'll always ask.) He said he would love two things, some decent cookware and knives. Last year my daughter bought him some excellent Crate & Barrel dinnerware and glasses, so he's good on that front, but he's been using his cousin's castaway cheap pots and pans and he's not happy with them.
My son's zodiac sign is Taurus, which is fitting, because he is the proverbial bull in a china shop. He's not delicate. He doesn't go easy on anything. But he likes his food. When he cooks, he doesn't follow recipes. He tends to just peel, slice, dice, throw some olive oil in a pan, crank the heat up and voila.
I wanted to get him a decent, durable cookware set that didn't break the bank. Because shipping was free,I bought this set on Amazon: Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set. I read reviews on CH and numerous posters said it was a good set. At $214 it was priced well. I also picked up three cans of Barkeeper's Friend for Cookware to hopefully get him off the right start for pan care.
Knives are more challenging.
I just ordered a Blue Jean Chef 7" Kyotsu Knife with Micarta Denim Handle, from QVC. It was on clearance for $12. But now I'm feeling guilty. I wonder if it will be good quality and helpful for his slicing and dicing.
So now I am thinking about a set. The colorful Kuhn Rikon Kolori and Komachi knife sets caught my eye. People who bought them said they were sharp, but many have cut themselves accidently. I know my son, and let's just say that concerns me...a lot. Because he is not the type to properly care for or sharpen his knives, he needs something easy to use but can do the job. I'd also like to get him a set of four decent steak knives.
Any advice you can offer would be most appreciated. Thank you so much!
Link to the Kyotsu kinfe: