The Best Gifts Under $50 for Cooks and Food Lovers

‘Tis the season for giving gifts. ‘Tis also the season for running up credit card debt. But if your wallet’s feeling pinched, worry not: There are plenty of high-quality kitchen tools, tableware, and cookware out there—not to mention some pretty delicious specialty foods—that will cost you less than $50. Here are this year’s top picks, …

Fried Calamari With Red Sauce Recipe

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] There are few dishes more emblematic of casual American dining than fried calamari. These crispy, succulent strips of squid are easy finger food, perfect for sharing family-style with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. Fried calamari is a relatively recent addition to the American menu. In fact, it only rose to …

The Best Gifts for Beginner Cooks

Coming up with gift ideas for the beginner cook is pretty easy—even if they already have the essentials. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go wrong. There’s a host of bad products (and product bundles) marketed toward the novice cook, and the sellers are counting on the neophyte to know no better and opt for …